Archive for December 2011

Your guide to free rides on New Year's Eve

Your guide to free rides on New Year's Eve
Is it just me or are there WAY more New Year’s Eve parties this year? You have your typical bar parties, but I feel like a lot of venues have stepped it up: Lawry’s is offering a Pop-Up Opera dinner, Sushi O Sushi has a Sake Bomb Party and you can enjoy an evening of retro... Read more »

Your chance to skate 1,000 feet in the air!

Your chance to skate 1,000 feet in the air!
After New Years we move into the most depressing time of year: a guaranteed four more months of winter. (And since it’s Chicago, it could be longer.) Time to start thinking up those fool-proof cold weather pick-me-ups to stave off seasonal affective disorder. I’m eagerly anticipating the second annual John Hancock Building Skating in the Sky. From January... Read more »

Find your neighborhood's unknown history

Find your neighborhood's unknown history
I feel like I’m perpetually apartment/house hunting even though I have absolutely no need (money) to move. For the most part I don’t trust any sort of apartment hunting service, but I’m a fan of Domu. I check out the site and follow them on Twitter, but I recently found a bonus on their website:... Read more »
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What is 'Our Lady of the Underpass'?

What is 'Our Lady of the Underpass'?
I keep hearing about something called ’Our Lady of the Underpass’ in the news lately, and I vaguely remember this first appearing awhile back. I was still in college, so I couldn’t have cared less about the news at that point, but now that it’s a popular topic I figured I should read up on it. Back... Read more »

Your Christmas weekend activities

Your Christmas weekend activities
You can imagine that this weekend’s activities are pretty slim. I’ll actually be spending most of my weekend out in the suburbs with family, eating and drinking myself into a holiday stupor. As I mentioned a few days ago, Christmas Eve means a night on the town for the Jews. There are tons of high-profile parties... Read more »

No holiday spirit yet? Try a Christmas double feature and sing along

No holiday spirit yet? Try a Christmas double feature and sing along
Not feeling the holiday spirit yet? Considering it’s already Hanukkah and Christmas is just a few days away, you’re going to have a pretty miserable weekend if you don’t get with the program. Don’t worry, I have a fool-proof way to fill you up with cheer…..a double feature of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White... Read more »
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Your guide to Hanukkah in Chicago

Your guide to Hanukkah in Chicago
(Click here to check out my 2012 Hanukkah guide!) Happy almost first night of Hanukkah! Tonight the Jews of Chicago (and the world) will light the first candle on the Menorah. I always like it when Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas because then I feel a little more involved in the holiday festivities. You can imagine... Read more »

Everything you need to know about the Admiral Theatre

Everything you need to know about the Admiral Theatre
I recently heard that until this past Saturday the infamous Admiral Theatre (Caution: not a work-friendly link) was offering free lap dances to anyone who brought in a new, unwrapped toy worth $25 or more. I thought it was pretty funny, but it was the hilarious SNL sketch that gave me the idea for this week’s... Read more »

Dreidel & Santa Rampage

Dreidel & Santa Rampage
This is about the time of year where it starts to occur to me that New Year’s is coming up, and I better figure out what other options there are other than the usual $80 bar party. (Sure, I’ll give you an obscene amount of money for well drinks and the privilege of standing all... Read more »
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Get your force on at Star Wars trivia night

Get your force on at Star Wars trivia night
I don’t like that trivia night has become cool. It’s not cool. It’s for nerds like me to regurgitate the useless knowledge we picked up in high school while the rest of you were getting drunk off of Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Trivia goes back to its geek roots tonight with Star Wars Trivia at Harrigan’s... Read more »