Lincoln Park Observations from a Starbucks Window

Lincoln Park Observations from a Starbucks Window
Starbucks are phenomenal places for people watching; if you haven’t yet had the privilege of non-creepily observing passersby in Chicago, I highly recommend it as a form of free and amusing entertainment. With the original intent of getting some work done and catching up on my correspondence, I had parked myself in a window seat... Read more »

New Credit Card Scam in Chicago?

Does your credit or debit card look like this?     Or this? Or this? Can you immediately spot the card you need in your wallet or in a pile of “let’s split the check five ways” just by the color or pattern? If you’re like me, the answer is obviously yes. We use these pieces... Read more »

Four Ways to Future-Proof Your Resolution to Volunteer

Four Ways to Future-Proof Your Resolution to Volunteer
Congratulations! You made a resolution to volunteer more often in the New Year. Since we know that “Future You” isn’t as motivated as “Now You,” here are four activities that you can do TODAY to help future-proof your resolution. Pick a Cause with a Personal Connection or Passion When you care about a cause on... Read more »
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10 reasons to visit the Chicago History Museum

10 reasons to visit the Chicago History Museum
As a self-proclaimed “Lincoln Park Lifer,” I’m ashamed to say that, until today, I had never visited the Chicago History Museum. Every time I rode past it on 22 or 36 I’d say to myself, “I should really check that out” but never got around to it. Well, my friends, it’s been six years and... Read more »

Should your wedding favors be a donation to charity?

Should your wedding favors be a donation to charity?
First off. Hey. What’s up? It’s been a while. My one and only excuse is that I’ve been planning our wedding and apparently wedding planning is time consuming – who knew?  I’m validating my blogging absence by writing about weddings and charity donations. Enjoy. Our wedding favors were chocolate covered dried cherries in brocade white... Read more »

Play games online, help charities win

Play games online, help charities win
Back in the day, I used to play Free Rice like it was my job. Finding idle time as an undergrad, I couldn’t think of a better way to procrastinate doing my homework than with a game that proved the capaciousness of my vocabulary (ok – I used Shift +F7) and fed the hungry at... Read more »
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Lakeview Panera is now charitably awesomer

Lakeview Panera is now charitably awesomer
I’ve always loved Panera and could probably write a sonnet about their bread bowl cheddar broccoli soup. While I’ll spare you that nonsense (for now…) I would like to call attention to their awesome new Panera Cares Community Cafe store in Lakeview. What do you mean? Asks the astute Diversey traveller. There’s always been a Panera... Read more »

The best volunteer opportunity for animal lovers

The best volunteer opportunity for animal lovers
I’m having dog withdrawal. Having grown up in a home with at least one dog at any given time, it’s hard to live in the city without a furry friend to come home to.  I tell people, “my lifestyle isn’t conducive to dog ownership” and it’s true. Leaving home early and coming home late isn’t... Read more »

Lincoln Park’s Secret Bed and Breakfast

Lincoln Park’s Secret Bed and Breakfast
There’s nothing better than finding a hidden gem in Chicago that no one else knows about. Whether it’s that cute little restaurant you just happened to pass by one day, or a hair stylist who’s just too good to be true, finding the underrated or undiscovered in Chicago brings its own sweet satisfaction. I had... Read more »
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Recycling for multi-unit residential buildings

Recycling for multi-unit residential buildings
Dude. Did you know that your Chicago multi-unit residential building (AKA apartment/condo) is required to offer residents a recycling program?! It’s true. A quick search about it on the Google machine led me to the City of Chicago’s website (also here) with the following language: “Under the Chicago recycling ordinance, multi-unit residential building owners, governing... Read more »