Archive for November 2012

Kick off December with a Britney Spears drag queen brunch

Kick off December with a Britney Spears drag queen brunch
I usually hate the cold this time of year, but does anyone else find it slightly alarming that it’s going to be 60 degrees this weekend? It doesn’t really match with the pretty holidays lights all over the city. Well, at least I haven’t had to break out winter slush boots yet. I’m trying to... Read more »

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!

Happy 50th Birthday, Marina City!
Marina City is one of those Chicago landmarks that makes the cityscape what it is today. Those corn cob towers are so strange looking, but back in the day it was the place to be. This month, Marina City celebrates its 50th anniversary, and of course I thought we could all use a little history... Read more »

A relaxing weekend of movies across Chicago

A relaxing weekend of movies across Chicago
Happy Black Friday! I have two very exciting activities planned for today: elbowing old ladies at Woodfield Mall for Black Friday shopping and attending my 10th high school reunion. When I get back to the city, I’m going to want nothing more than to sit in a dark theater and be entertained. The annual Sound... Read more »
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Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss

Two holiday attractions Chicagoans shouldn't miss
If you’ve read even a few of my blogs, you’d know that I’m not one for the mainstream tourist attractions. However, Chicago does have some great festivities to get you into the holiday spirit. (Or as much holiday spirit as a Jew like me can have.) Here are my two favorite holiday activities. Zoolights kicks... Read more »

Hostess Wouldn't Have Been Hostess Without Chicago

Hostess Wouldn't Have Been Hostess Without Chicago
Words cannot express how upset I am at the possibility that my beloved Twinkies may disappear into consumer product oblivion. I went into a panic this week and may or may not have spent almost $100 building up my stash. Everyone keeps saying some company is going to buy Hostess, but until that happens I’m... Read more »

The Chicago Food Film Festival: eat what you see on the screen!

The Chicago Food Film Festival: eat what you see on the screen!
Whatever you do, stay away from downtown tomorrow; The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is coming. Yes, I know it’s a very cute tradition, but hordes of tourists ramming passersby with strollers and diaper bags sounds like my nightmare. If you must go, Bar Toma has opened up its heated patio to let festival goers watch... Read more »
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Don't miss the chocolate event of the year

Don't miss the chocolate event of the year
Remember how I said street festival season is my favorite time of the year? This is my second favorite. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Festival takes place this weekend, and it might as well have been called the “Let’s Make Chicago Quirk as Happy as Humanly Possibly” festival. An entire weekend devoted to chocolate? Yes, please!... Read more »

A lost treasure in Chicago's jazz history

A lost treasure in Chicago's jazz history
Just when I think I have a good grasp on the city’s history, something pops up that blows my mind. I was at 680 N. Lake Shore Drive the other day, and I passed an empty window with Gold Star Sardine Bar written on it. Being the total nerd that I am, I figured this... Read more »

Vote today, get free stuff!

Vote today, get free stuff!
I don’t care if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, everyone loves free stuff. After you vote today – and please PLEASE go vote – it’s time to reap the benefits of your civic duty. Places all over the city and beyond are offering all sorts of freebies tomorrow. Check out the list below:  ... Read more »
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