Saying goodbye to my dog on Thanksgiving

Saying goodbye to my dog on Thanksgiving
When I was a kid I could never understand why the movie Homeward Bound never failed to bring my mother to tears. Those memories made perfect sense to me yesterday morning as I looked down at my dog, lying at the bottom of the stairs in our apartment building. Bear had been having trouble getting... Read more »

Good Foods Farmer's Market brings organic, local produce to the South Shore

Good Foods Farmer's Market brings organic, local produce to the South Shore
Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Good Foods Farmers Market offers South Shore community members a chance to buy fresh, organic produce grown by the Black Oakes Center for Sustainable Renewable Living in Pembroke, Ill. The Black Oaks Center is a USDA designated farm training center and their primary focus is developing... Read more »

Junior roller derby empowers young women in Chicago

Eight girls wearing roller skates, bright shiny helmets and thick padded knee, elbow and wrist protectors huddled in the middle of the gymnasium. They spread out as they began to skate. Their wheels buzzed across the bright blue rink. “Pack up. Get low,” shouted 16-year-old Leeza Ambramovich. Her voice echoed off the walls.  Those girls,... Read more »
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Chicago can begin ownership process of Jeffery Plaza; South Shore residents want a say

The Community Development Commission voted Tuesday to allow the City of Chicago to move forward with the process to take ownership of Jeffery Plaza, located at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard on the South Side. The plaza was once home to a Dominick’s grocery store which was one of the few full-service grocers in the... Read more »

Urban agriculture helps relocalize Chicago food systems

The current food system needs to be relocalized. It’s essential for sustainable living, according to Helen Cameron, owner of the Uncommon Ground restaurants.   “As the world population increases, there will be more stresses on farming,” she says. “Conventional farming is destroying soil right now. At a certain point we are going to run out... Read more »

Executive chef: 'Some of the brightest talent in the American culinary pantheon have either been here or are here'

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Andrew Zimmerman, executive chef of the Michelin-starred Sepia, participated in Food Network in Concert at Ravinia in Highland Park, Ill. A few days before the event, Zimmerman shared his thoughts on restaurant culture and the savvy consumer; the food scene in Chicago; what he calls a ‘collective hypochondria’ surrounding modern food... Read more »
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Food truck owner: "There should be more access for small businesses"

Food truck owner: "There should be more access for small businesses"
Manny Hernandez grabbed a tray holding tacos and little silver containers of salsa and guacamole. He delivered them to several people dressed in skinny jeans sitting on the tiny patio attached to his recently opened restaurant, Tamale Station, in Wicker Park. The restaurant was small and warm, heat coming from the grills. The aroma of... Read more »

Body Art Expo comes to Navy Pier June 20-22.

This weekend Navy Pier will host a tattoo & body art convention. Tattoo conventions are always a great place to check out new designs, show off your ink and meet other body art aficionados. The expo will feature human suspension and other extreme “freak” shows. Convention visitors can also participate in tattoo contests — there... Read more »

On revisiting a childhood summer house

When I think of summers as a child, I think of the boardwalk and weeks spent visiting at my grandmother’s home. At night it would be crowded. Families with hoards of hyped up children walked back and forth, stopping at stands and shops for fresh salt water taffy, warm fudge, cotton candy and souvenirs that... Read more »
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Chemicals, tar and gasoline sometimes used in so-called 'black henna,' says henna artist

  The FDA doesn’t currently regulate henna use for body art, only hair-dye, says Kendra Williams, owner of Crescent Moon Henna in Chicago. Recently, several news outlets have reported that people have been permanently scarred after applying henna body art  The FDA recently issued a warning about the dangers associated with henna body art as well. But... Read more »