Posts in category "Culture and Sites"

Cosplay and Pigskins: A Muggle's Guide to Costuming

Cosplay and Pigskins: A Muggle's Guide to Costuming
For a dedicated few, fandom runs deep. Season after season, once civilized fathers, sons, and brothers turn into crazed beings. Fueled with a mixture of pure adrenaline and beer, they flail about in matching jerseys, body paint matched to sacred team colors, foam arms and headgear, or some ridiculous combination of the bunch. Men aren’t... 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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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Chicago Restaurant Week: A Beginner's Guide to Foodie Festivities

Chicago Restaurant Week: A Beginner's Guide to Foodie Festivities
Ah, Chicago Restaurant Week….Imagine if you could sample from some of the greatest restaurants in Chicago? Every style of cuisine would be included: American, Italian, Mexican. Along with some of the lesser known types such as Gastro Pub, Eclectic, and Fondue. Now add onto that fantasy by imagining that the head chefs at these restaurants... Read more »

Red Hot Mamas- A Look into Chicago Burlesque

Red Hot Mamas- A Look into Chicago Burlesque
You’ve nearly made it through January with your New Years Resolutions in tact. You’ve said goodbye to your food vices in our Food Wars Showdown. And at this point you’ve refreshed and renewed following our “staycation” planning guidelines. What’s next to check off the list…finding yourself a hobby. There’s really no other way to take... Read more »

Chicago Food Wars Series: Harold's Chicken Shack vs. Uncle Remus

Chicago Food Wars Series: Harold's Chicken Shack vs. Uncle Remus
Fried Food. It’s practically one of the basic Chicago food groups along with cheesy and saucy. The city’s South and West sides are noted for their various chicken stands. But with new “rinky dink” eateries opening what seems like everyday, it can be easy to consume an inferior supper most fowl. For this edition of... Read more »
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Are YOU a Willing Slave?

Are YOU a Willing Slave?
This eighth day of 4-Star, I wanted to shed some light on the issues of that just so happen to plague those with dark skin. Now, I’m not going to go into the history and social significances of slavery seeing as I have neither the time nor hard drive to dedicate. Being an African-American female... Read more »