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A year after moving from Logan Square to Evanston, Jamie Anderson, a vice president at the ad agency Cramer-Krasselt, still struggles. “I self-identify as a Chicagoan, but I am not,” says the 41-year-old Beverly native. That said, he loves being near the lake and the cultural perks that come with Northwestern. He also likes the charming retail district on Central Street, an alternative to downtown Evanston within walking distance of his house. Paper Source has a branch there (2100 Central St.; 847-733-8830). Foodstuffs (2106 Central St.; 847-328-7704) provides gourmet groceries. He’s keen on breakfast at Prairie Joe’s (1921 Central St.; 847-491-0391), the Mexican dishes in particular. Bonsai Café (2916 Central St.; 847-866-7498) is his spot for sushi. Tag’s Bakery & Pastry Shop (2010 Central St.; 847-328-1200) does a great chocolate cake. And Linz and Vail (2012 Central St.; 847-475-1381) handily competes with Starbucks and makes its own gelato. Farther afield, Jamie and his wife, Kristen, frequent Bennison’s Bakery (1000 Davis St.; 847-328-9434) for breakfast sandwiches on Saturdays and Bookman’s Alley (1712 Sherman Ave.; 847-869-6999), where he found a complete set of Edward Gibbons’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Jamie says the suburban tranquility has transformed Felix, his six-year-old German shepherd. Once a fearsome guard dog, Felix now forgets to bark at strangers. “His street cred is gone,” Jamie laments. “Fat rabbits chewing on grass? He could not care less.”Edit Module
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