Archive for 2012

Accomplish your News Year's resolutions the Chicago way

Accomplish your News Year's resolutions the Chicago way
You make your new years resolution. You want to keep at it, but things get in the way. Chicago Quirk to the rescue! Instead of giving you some boring work-outĀ routineĀ or vague guide to getting involved, here are a some exciting (and quirky) ways you can accomplish your goals.   Lose Weight I know yoga is... Read more »

Have a happy holiday with these Chicago events

Have a happy holiday with these Chicago events
Christmas is upon us, and so is spending massive amounts of time with family. Whether you’re looking for a quick holiday distraction or you’re a Jewish Chicagoan with nothing to do over the next few days, here are a few Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events around our fair city. Need a little help with... Read more »

See the Aurora Borealis without leaving Chicago

See the Aurora Borealis without leaving Chicago
Oh look! We’re all still here! Since I’m sure you were very scared and thus did not make plans for the weekend, your favorite Chicago Quirk has a line-up of fantastic activities taking place in post-apocalyptic Chicago. Need to get the Christmas spirit to pistol whip you across the face? The Music Box Theatre is... Read more »
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What's that giant thing next to Navy Pier?!

What's that giant thing next to Navy Pier?!
Navy Pier might be the Midwest’s number one tourist destination – don’t ask me why – but have you noticed all the other stuff around it? Like the lighthouse and the giant filtration plant? I was stuck northbound on Lakeshore, and I started noticing all the parks and buildings way out there. Here’s a little... Read more »

Hanukkah 2012

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Your Chicago Hanukkah 2012 celebration guide

Your Chicago Hanukkah 2012 celebration guide
Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah is here! When the sun goes down on Saturday evening, Jews around the world will light the first candle on the menorah. It’s a great tradition, but, let’s face it, that takes about two minutes. (Well, technically an hour or so since you have to wait for the candles to burn down.)... Read more »
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Happy Repeal Day! Celebrate the end of Prohibition at one of these famous ex-speakeasies.

Happy Repeal Day! Celebrate the end of Prohibition at one of these famous ex-speakeasies.
Happy Repeal Day! On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed, ending the famous era known as Prohibition. Can you believe that for 13 years, alcohol was illegal in the United States? Prohibition was a wild time in Chicago, but fortunately you can now visit your favorite bar without worrying about... Read more »

Chicago wouldn't be Chicago without Prohibition

Chicago wouldn't be Chicago without Prohibition
What would Chicago be like without alcohol? Whole neighborhoods wouldn’t exist! Well, from January 17, 1920 to December 4, 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. This time period was called prohibition, and it did not go well. Famous gangsters like Al Capone and Bugs Moran wreaked havoc on the city, making Chicago the... Read more »

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 »
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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 »