Posts in category "Interests"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Best of Chicago: February Explorer of the Month

Best of Chicago: February Explorer of the Month
Around here at 4-Sar Explorer, we get to come into contact with what we think are the best of Chicago. And in their own zany, clever, and sometimes perplexing way they stand out as top notch in our book when it comes to insider city-slicker secrets.   Profiling yet another of Chicago’s notable metropolitan trekkers,... Read more »

Night of Firsts:Night Out Ideas for the Health Conscious

Night of Firsts:Night Out Ideas for the Health Conscious
Heading out with this month’s leading lady, Gwyn Eggestein (Gwyspiration for Weight Loss), our prestigious Explorer of the Month, 4-Star Explorer geared up for a night that was true to all first experiences: frightening, slightly painful and absolutely exhilarating. For our month centering around New Beginnings we  consulted with the social worker turned Weight Watchers... Read more »

Explorer of the Month-January

Explorer of the Month-January
January is a natural time for new beginnings. Chance encounters can become life-long inspirations. Such is the case with this month’s profileé, who through her 12 month weight-loss battle, has become a beacon of guidance for many still fighting a never-ending battle of the bulge. Through her miraculous 87 lb shedding, she has remained humble... Read more »
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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 »