Blogapalooza Hour: That Time I Helped Someone Who Was Cutting

Blogapalooza Hour: That Time I Helped Someone Who Was Cutting
“Write about a time you helped someone, or a time that you received help.” I wasn’t planning on writing about this or even telling anybody about this, but an opportunity has presented itself so I will share my story. Saturday, October 26 Whenever I feel like gabbing to an anonymous party, sometimes I hop onto BlahTherapy,... Read more »

Walk For The Heart in Chicago and local startup Benecure put the spotlight on health this weekend

Walk For The Heart in Chicago and local startup Benecure put the spotlight on health this weekend
This weekend, the American Heart Association holds it’s annual Walk For The Heart in the Chicagoland area. The kickoff began today in Grant Park and will continue Saturday in Downers Grove and Palos Hills and Sunday in Palatine. Recently, a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that women are less likely than men... Read more »

Chicago Fringe Festival 2013 to be held in Jefferson Park August 29 through September 8

The Chicago Fringe Festival 2013 has been moved from the Pilsen neighborhood to Jefferson Park for the first time since kicking off in 2010. The venue change notes a significant shift in Jefferson Park’s relatively recent transition from a sleepy residential neighborhood to burgeoning cultural hub. The Fringe Festival appears to have been relocated due... Read more »
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Electronic duo Big Data makes music about "Voyerism 2.0"

Electronic duo Big Data makes music about "Voyerism 2.0"
As social media users, we teeter precariously between who we really are and how we want to be perceived by others. Facebook, for example, allows us the opportunity to calculate interactions, cherry-pick moments and enhance our presentation of ourselves, sometimes making us look vastly different online than in person. And according to this recent study led... Read more »

Old Chicago: A Collection of Vintage-ish Signs, Part One

The Logan Theater
The first time I saw a sign for a Golden Nugget Pancake House while visiting Chicago, I erroneously thought the sign was for a casino. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, a mere seven-hour drive from my hometown, you’d follow my logic. Golden Nugget Pancake House in Chicago, IL: Golden Nugget Casino in Las... Read more »

Second Annual District Days Returns To Northwest Chicago

Looking for something to do in the Northwest side this weekend? The 2nd Annual District Days has returned in the Irving Austin Business District June 14 through June 16 and is held in junction with nearby St. Pascal’s Carnival this year. Sidewalk sales, live music, art vendors, family events, a connected carnival and a car show... Read more »
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Storytelling-based Chicago theater starts auditions for new show

Lakeview-based literary not-for-profit Here’s The Story is holding auditions tomorrow, June 7 in Rogers Park for a new “task-based” show called A Month Of… The theater is looking for adventurous people with strong storytelling ability to be hosts for the show. Shy people are also encouraged to audition for the role of task-doers. “The task... Read more »

Good Samaritan Buys Free Coffee Today at Regulus Coffee House

Today, I walked into Regulus Coffee House, a quirky, independent coffee shop in Portage Park, and ordered something new like I always do. For some reason, I find myself getting something different almost every time – I don’t have a “regular” drink here yet because there is such an inventive variety, but I digress. The... Read more »

That Guy Who Threw That Chic's Phone in That NYC Theater

My gut tells me that if you were to kneel down by the curtain, find this woman’s battered phone and unlock it, the screen would open up to a Google drop-down list of recently searched terms like “tolstoy,” “war and peace” and “charles ramsey autotune,” but probably not “proper theater etiquette.” SUMMARY: A conservative writer... Read more »
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Northwest Chicago's Trendy New Makeover

Chicago magazine recently released their April Issue: Real Estate 2013, citing the Northwest side as the place with the “best buys for first-time buyers.“ As a recent first-time home buyer, I can personally vouch for this. The good news is that the Northwest side is not only affordable and accessible – it’s becoming fun. The... Read more »