Archive for November 2011

Your wall art holiday pop-up shop

Your wall art holiday pop-up shop
I always try to buy local, but I’m so picky it can be hard for me to find a local shop that A) has something I really want and B) is in my price range. Enter the Ork Posters Holiday Pop-Up Shop. (I’ve seen this poster so many times, and I didn’t realize that it was... Read more »

Did you know some of the most famous toys of all time were invented in Chicago?

Did you know some of the most famous toys of all time were invented in Chicago?
It’s officially the holiday season and visions of Xbox 360s are dancing in little children’s heads. As you’re trudging through the toy aisle to fulfill those wish lists, take a look around at those classics that kids still love today. Did you know that some of the most famous toys of all time were invented... Read more »

Your post-Thanksgiving coma weekend guide

Your post-Thanksgiving coma weekend guide
Happy Black Friday! You might have noticed that this post went live much earlier than normal; that’s because I’m off to elbow my way through the crowds at Woodfield Mall for some much needed shopping. I may be a city girl, but I’m originally from Schaumburg; I freaking love malls. ZooLights opens this weekend! It’s magical! I... Read more »
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Christkindl Market & Tree Lighting Today

Christkindl Market & Tree Lighting Today
Leave it to Chicago to have an outdoor market in the middle of November. Today marks the opening of the city’s annual Christkindl Market and Daley Plaza tree lighting. Based on the Nuremburg Christmas market that dates back to the 1500s, the plaza is turned into an old world village with little shops selling crafts,... Read more »

Chicago's Best Ice Skating Rinks

Chicago's Best Ice Skating Rinks
I love love love ice skating, and I’m so excited that this weekend marks the opening of the Chicago Park District’s ice rinks. I didn’t realize just how many ice rinks there are throughout the city! So, if you’re looking for a little exercise to work off the turkey, or the Black Friday shopping adrenaline rush, check out one... Read more »

A city within a city in downtown Chicago

A city within a city in downtown Chicago
Marina City is one of those Chicago landmarks that is just sort of there. Nobody really knows a ton about it, and I don’t think I’ve ever even met anyone who has lived there. Or who knows anyone who has lived there for that matter. It always seemed kind of shady to me, but apparently... Read more »
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Largest toy and game fair hits Chicago this weekend

Largest toy and game fair hits Chicago this weekend
There’s no denying it. The Christmas trees are up. The Lite 93.9 has switched over to Christmas music. (Which means I have removed it from my car radio pre-set buttons.) It’s the holiday season. Embrace your inner child at the largest toy and game fair in the country this weekend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair... Read more »

Ever wanted to eat oysters with a naked cowboy? Tonight is your lucky night!

Ever wanted to eat oysters with a naked cowboy? Tonight is your lucky night!
The Bedford in Wicker Park is hosting an oyster dinner tonight; enjoy a dinner of oyster shooters, oyster po’ boys, lobster rolls and chowder for $25. Sounds very delicious but not too interesting. Unless this tasty dinner is hosted by someone called The Naked Cowboy. Naturally, this sparked my curiosity. Unfortunately my IQ dropped a few... Read more »

What do you think a real Chicago accent sounds like?

What do you think a real Chicago accent sounds like?
“You want to come with? We’re going to the Jewel to pick up some brats.” I love accents, but I didn’t realize I had one until I went away to college and my nasally vowels and tendancy to drop letters was pointed out to me by my out-of-state friends. I eventually learned how to drop it if I’m trying to... Read more »
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Navy Pier takes it to '11' with a "Spinal Tap" viewing and free ferris wheel rides

Navy Pier takes it to '11' with a "Spinal Tap" viewing and free ferris wheel rides
This is my denial time of year; everyday I wake up and hope that it will be 70 degrees again. I’ve been living here my whole life, so I’m not sure where my delusion comes from, but I’ll tell you the 10 minutes of snow I saw this week almost made me cry. I guess I’ll just... Read more »