Archive for January 2012

How the neighborhoods got their names

How the neighborhoods got their names
Did you ever wonder why some of the city’s neighborhoods got their names? Some of them are self-explanatory – Lakeview, South Loop, River North – but others are kind of strange. Since I’m a giant nerd, I decided to research popular neighborhoods’ names and include it in this weeks ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’. Pilsen This... Read more »

Celebration of Shrinkage this Saturday

Celebration of Shrinkage this Saturday
No surprise that the big news is that everyone is scrambling to make reservations for Restaurant Week . Since there’s really nothing quirky about that, I won’t be covering it. Although I will tell you that I’m crazy excited to go to Blackbird for lunch. Happy year of the dragon!!!! The Chinese New Year is upon... Read more »

The $100,000 Valentine

The $100,000 Valentine
Make whatever disparaging remarks you want about Valentine’s Day, but it is here to stay. Sure, I’m one of those girls that thinks the holiday is stupid and avoids anything pink, but I’m going to be honest and say that if my husband doesn’t come home with some sort of chocolate/flower/heart trinket, I’m a tad... Read more »
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Man-eating lions in Chicago

Man-eating lions in Chicago
I’ve been to the Field Museum a billion times, and I’m ashamed to admit that I’m bored with it. That is, until I learned about the man-eating lions. I saw the movie “The Ghost in the Darkness,” but I didn’t realize it was based on a true story and that the lions were housed in... Read more »

Happy Internet Blackout Day!

Happy Internet Blackout Day!
You may have noticed today that some of your favorite sites are down. Even the Google homepage logo is blacked out. This is in protest of SOPA and PIPA, bills that would shut down so many of your favorite sites…..including ChicagoNow. Read below from Google, and find out how you can get involved. Millions of... Read more »

Don't waste your money on Skating in the Sky

Don't waste your money on Skating in the Sky
A few weeks ago I recommended visiting Skating in the Sky at the Hancock Building. I’d like to recant that recommendation. Do NOT waste your money on this experience. I visited the rink this past Sunday, and I was shockingly dissapointed. I am horrible at visualising size. When my husband said he was buying a... Read more »
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The great chair debate: should "dibs" be allowed?

The great chair debate: should "dibs" be allowed?
Snow has finally come to Chicago, and if you park on the street that means you probably had to do some serious digging to get your car out. Since this is the first major snowfall of the season, the annual “dibs” debate is back. Whichever side you take, it’s still a huge part of history,... Read more »

Last chance for the Sketch Comedy Fest

Last chance for the Sketch Comedy Fest
Happy Friday the 13th! I don’t actually care about the date; I just think it’s funny to watch people get all freaked out. Fun fact, fear of Friday the 13th is called  friggatriskaidekaphobia. Since life will obviously go on after today, here are a few fun things for you to do this weekend. This is very... Read more »

Burn 700 calories with Bollywood Cardio

Burn 700 calories with Bollywood Cardio
Going to the gym is so freaking boring. I don’t understand how you can use the (insert fancy gym machine here) for more than two minutes! Personally, I’m a classes kind of gal, and since I’ve decided to tone up in the new year I’ve been searching for a fun and motivating class to do... Read more »
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Native American trails running right through the city

Native American trails running right through the city
No matter how long I live in Chicago, I still find myself reaching for the GPS when venturing into unknown neighborhoods. Sure, I have the sense of direction of a blind giraffe, but it’s also because you never know when you’re going to approach one of those scary five-point intersections or a street that just... Read more »