I’ve Got the Job…Now What? Balancing Your Work and Social Life

I’ve Got the Job…Now What? Balancing Your Work and Social Life
Carrie Bradshaw lied. I don’t know about you but Sarah Jessica Parker a.k.a. Carrie Bradshaw lied to me. I thought everyone over 25 worked high paid jobs yet still made cocktail hours on weekdays, fully clad in stilettos. Well that bitch was wrong. Now that I’m, as I like to call it, “The Ugly Side... Read more »

How to Overcome Social Anxiety, When Going It Alone

How to Overcome Social Anxiety, When Going It Alone
Adulthood can be lonely; social anxiety can often times be a big factor the older you get. Social Anxiety can range in degree from general nervousness displayed through ticks and aversion to social settings; or it can manifest as full on panic attacks that can mimic stroke and other health conditions. There are countless instances... Read more »

Chicago Summer Bucket List: A Guide to Eternal Awesomeness

Chicago Summer Bucket List: A Guide to Eternal Awesomeness
Between unseasonal heavy downpours, temps barely reaching a respectable 75, and cloudy skies galore, it can be hard to believe Chicago is smack dab in the swing of summer. Regardless of your proposed length of solstice, there’s only so much dizzying, mind-melding, gut-busting, summer lovin’ you can fit in just a few short weeks. That’s... Read more »
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5 Things I Learned from the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship

5 Things I Learned from the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship
I’m sure many of you thought I was dead…well at least socially. But I, Shavon “Vonnie” Coleman, of 4-Star Explorer am very much still alive. I bet you didn’t know every time a Chicago team wins a championship, a CN blogger gets their wings. As a true red, White Soxs, blue and Blackhawks Chicagoan, I... Read more »

Twitter Takeover Concert Hosts Chicago Rap Scene

Twitter Takeover Concert Hosts Chicago Rap Scene
Upon stepping a toe into the neon lighted, heavily bodied space-memories of ghetto house cuts, spray painted skyline backdrops, and talk of infamous trips to 50 Yard Line and The Lick came rushing to mind. For many, the rap and hip-hop lifestyle of the 90s and early 00s went out with portable cd players and... Read more »

Solange 'Shuts Down' Chicago

kicked off the night with some drinks from Bottom Lounge's behemoth sized bar area.
Solange. The living, breathing entity of everything that is wonderful and wild and natural and free. This past Monday 4-Star Explorer got the chance to shout, shimmy, and shake to the hits from Solange’s recently released EP, True. The EP has been receiving rave reviews since June and for good reason. True does a good... Read more »
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The Return of "Patio Season"

The Return of "Patio Season"
During these early days of April, we sit in anticipation as the weather slowly creeps closer toward the 60s and 70s. Memories rush back to Chicago residents of unique neighborhood feeding and watering holes that specialize in scenery, service, and spirits. I’m of course referring to what I like to dub as Patio Season. It’s... Read more »

Things I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging...

Things I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging...
Greetings and long overdue welcome from my tiny corner of the blog-o-sphere. If you’re one of my Facebook/Twitter followers or a hand full of my blogging “regulars” I’ve hoped you noticed my lack of online activity. A void in articles where March should be. There seems to be a veil up when it comes to... Read more »

Ignite Your Passion:It's Not Too Late To Live Your Dreams

Ignite Your Passion:It's Not Too Late To Live Your Dreams
Ignite your passion? Your probably exactly what that is? Here’s another question for you. What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s one of the most common questions you’ve been asked other than favorites “Chicken or Beef?” and “Boxers or Briefs?” And when you were eight years old your answer was probably... Read more »
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From Pinot Grigio to Picasso: Arts N Spirits Wine & Art Class

From Pinot Grigio to Picasso: Arts N Spirits Wine & Art Class
Arts N Spirits Wine and Art Classes 1921 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60647 www.artsnspirits.com Price:$25-$35 In a month dedicated to wooing your fancies, is it any wonder we chose Ignite Your Passion as our monthly theme? Staying true to the motto, I, Shavon “Vonnie” Coleman, on behalf of 4-Star Explorer decided to pursue a... Read more »