Tag: chicago

Life Update 2020: The Good, The Bad, & The Optimistic

2020, amirite?!?! Seems like only yesterday we were going to, you know, PLACES and doing things beyond raiding the closet of toys your mom kept from when you were kids and jumping around in Nickelodeon moon shoes. Just me? Okay, cool. Beyond the pandemic that has killed thousands and upended life for all of us,... Read more »

15 Lessons I've Learned Living in Chicago

<strong> Driving on Lake street under the L requires a certain size of cajones </strong>
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 I never want to be that close to a train unless it's going 1.21 gigawatts
My time in the city is quickly winding down (seriously, how is it almost freaking February?), and lately I’ve been thinking about how much life has changed over the past year and a half.  I’ve reconnected with old friends, made new ones, grown as an educator, and made some fantastic memories.  I think the most... Read more »

My 12 Weeks of Fantasy (To the Tune of the 12 Days of Christmas)

My 12 Weeks of Fantasy (To the Tune of the 12 Days of Christmas)
Now that we’re in Week 13 of Fantasy Football, and I’ve cinched a playoff spot in one of my two leagues, I figured it was a good time to reflect on my team’s performance thus far.  As with any fantasy team, there have beens highs, lows, and “What the hell??!! How can this guy not... Read more »
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The Great Chicago Fire(ball): A Bar Crawl with a Shot of History

If you spend more than two minutes with me, you learn pretty quickly that I’m a huge dork.  I’m not hating on my fellow nerds of the world (except the ones that only exist thanks to a laugh track), because I wear my dork-dom as a badge of honor.  I know what I love and... Read more »

Learn Where the Phrase "Got laid" Originated: My Picks for Books on Chicago's History

Learn Where the Phrase "Got laid" Originated: My Picks for Books on Chicago's History
“Know thyself and know thy city!” has been my mantra since moving back to the Midwest two months ago.  I’ve done the typical touristy things like playing mini-golf at Navy Pier as well as the atypical such as eating a hot dog mascot at the Chicago History Museum Hot Dog Festival.  Check the judgement at... Read more »

A Different Kind of Windy City Bucket List

Gotta be honest with you, I hate the phrase “bucket list”.  There’s just this sense of finality to it that negates an admirable attempt to genuinely enjoy your surroundings.  That, and it conjures up images of Jack Nicholson’s eyebrows.  ::Shudder::  So why include a phrase I dislike in my headline?  Well, “Checklist” sounded a little... Read more »
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15 Things More Likely to Happen Before Buying a House in Chicago

Before moving here from DC, El and I had been saving to buy a place there.  For anyone who’s ever lived in our nation’s capital, you know that the housing market is CRAZY expensive, and that you’ll be likely to spend over half a mil for a 1,200 sq ft place that’s 40 miles away... Read more »