Archive for May 2012

Farmers Markets Scare Me

Farmers Markets Scare Me
I love the idea and concept of the farmer’s market, but I have to confess that I’ve only been a few times. I’m always busy or I don’t get there in time, and my dreams of coming home with all the ingredients for a delicious and locally-grown organic dinner are dashed. I finally made it to the Green City Market on Saturday... Read more »

Be a part of the world's largest ukulele lesson

Be a part of the world's largest ukulele lesson
After being a ChicagoNow blogger for almost a  year (next month!) I JUST NOW figured out how to schedule posts to publish at a certain day and time. Why is this relevant? Because right now I’m on a plant to L.A. I’m bummed I’m going to miss out on the fabulous Memorial Day happenings but... Read more »

The perfect way to start your spring garden

The perfect way to start your spring garden
As I have said time and time again, I find the city to be a far superior place to the suburbs in almost every way. Almost. There are a few minor conveniences about the suburbs that I find appealing; one of those is gardening. I wish I had a big beautiful garden to grow flowers... Read more »
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Escape from Lincoln Park Zoo!

Escape from Lincoln Park Zoo!
I went by Lincoln Park Zoo this weekend, and something reminded me of the story of the sea lions that escaped and ended up waddling down Clark Street.  I figured that was a pretty uncommon phenomenon for the zoo, right? Not so. This week’s ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’ is about the dozens of animals that... Read more »

Weekend events that don't take you anywhere near downtown

Weekend events that don't take you anywhere near downtown
This is Chicago Quirk, coming to you live from the city of Chicago. If you’re reading this, then we haven’t been annihilated by angry NATO protestors. It also means that I’m on my way to work – at Monroe and LaSalle – so hopefully this won’t be the last you hear of me. On another... Read more »

Start planning for Movies in the Park

Start planning for Movies in the Park
It’s officially summer in the city; the Chicago Park District just released the 2012 movies in the park schedule. I’m so psyched. I always felt like Movies in the Park was one of the most underrated Chicago events. A) You get to see great movies. B)It’s free. C) Picnic! (And if you accidentally pack one... Read more »
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Did you know the Wizard of Oz was written in Chicago?

Did you know the Wizard of Oz was written in Chicago?
I’ve always loved Oz Park, but it seems kind of random. Where did it get its name? Where did those Wizard of Oz character statues come from? Being the Chicago nerd that I am, I did some research and found out some very interesting facts for this week’s “Did You Know, Chicago?”. L. Frank Baum,... Read more »

Ever wanted to ride your bike down the middle of Lake Shore Drive? Sign up for Bike the Drive!

Ever wanted to ride your bike down the middle of Lake Shore Drive? Sign up for Bike the Drive!
I know you’re already planning your very busy and exciting Memorial Day weekend, which is why I wanted to get to you early to recommend Bike the Drive. Hop on your bike the morning of Sunday, May 27 and enjoy the freedom of a completely car-less Lake Shore Drive. That’s right. The entire length of... Read more »

It could be worse...remember the Great Chicago Flood?

It could be worse...remember the Great Chicago Flood?
All of these thunderstorms and tales of sump pumps failing have got me thinking of the Great Chicago Flood! Have you heard of it? It’s a pretty unusual situation and the topic of this week’s ‘Did You Know, Chicago?’. In 1992, construction crews working near the Kinzie Street Bridge punctured the ceiling of one of... Read more »
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Check out the biggest full moon of the year

Check out the biggest full moon of the year
There is a plethora of Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby themed events planned for this weekend, but as I read about them they all run together. Something with booze. Something that involves running. Something for charity. Totally cool if that’s your cat’s meow, but not so much for the Quirk. Be sure to check... Read more »