News Year's Eve 2013: It's not too late

Still looking for last-minute, local NYE fun that doesn’t cost a ton? The top three places for a rockin’ new year’s eve (albeit without Dick Clark) are listed below: 1. The Rocking Horse Located in the burgeoning Logan Square neighborhood, Rocking Horse has something for everyone. A pool table in the back room. An amply-stocked... Read more »

Hot Fun in the City

Yes, it’s in the city (the Northwest side to be exact), and it’ll be hot out. Hopefully not as hot as last year.   Mayfest Technically the Northwest side at Western Ave. and Leland, Mayfest is the well-loved festival prepared by Chicago’s German community center, Dankhaus. Despite long lines for drinks and food, plus impossible... Read more »

Something for the Kiddies

Something for the Kiddies
Not “kitties.” There’s enough of that on the Internet. Kiddies; the children. Beyond park district and YMCA activities, there are options to get your child away from his/her TV, computer and cell phone. One option, provided by the Salesian religious order, are day camps at St. John Bosco parish. The Salesians, founded by the educator... Read more »
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Musings on 90/94

“Why did you drive over? Why not just take the train?” asked Mike, the newest resident of West Town. “Because it only took me five minutes.” West Town, that neighborhood west of River North. Parts of it are accessible by the Blue Line; most of it is situated west of the I-90 bridge. I don’t... Read more »

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Local Options

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Local Options
As much as we try, most consumers don’t have the time or money for “the perfect gift.” Western consumerism at a titanic scale, the Christmas season is a “make-or-break it” situation for retail merchants of all types. Most consumers, both urban and┬ásuburban, tend to flock to malls and big box stores. They make sense: everything... Read more »

Dining Out on the Northwest Side: Beyond the Golden Nuggets

Dining Out on the Northwest Side: Beyond the Golden Nuggets
Dining out is an art to be taken seriously. It’s essential for a restaurant to be gracious in service, tasteful both in food and decor, and provide fare that will attract increased amounts of customers. While many local restaurant patrons might suggest eateries that fit the aforementioned criteria in other parts of the city, Chicago’s... Read more »
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The City's Best Car Repair Shops (which also happen to be on the Northwest Side)

The City's Best Car Repair Shops (which also happen to be on the Northwest Side)
Let’s face it, not every Chicagoan can live without a car. If you live and work in the city, it’s possible to live without a car, provided that your job is downtown and you live in a neighborhood that has a train station and amenities within walking distance. And you don’t have kids that have... Read more »

Bicycling on the Northwest Side: Less Distractions, More Scenery

Bicycling on the Northwest Side: Less Distractions, More Scenery
2012 can unofficially be called “The Year of The Bicycle” for Chicago. Like the bicycle boom the 1970′s and 80′s, cycling has come around again as being an affordable, resource-friendly means of transportation. It’s also a fairly-safe way of staying in shape, depending on where one bicycles to begin with. From the long-utilized Lakefront path,... Read more »

The Gift of the Iron Horse

The Gift of the Iron Horse
What neighborhood has two Metra lines, three Metra stops, and a CTA El line? Old Irving Park. The only other area that is so well-connected is the town of Oak Park. Yes, a city neighborhood with more transit options than “convenient” neighborhoods does exist. Actually, these lines serve neighboring Avondale and Portage Park as well.... Read more »
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"That's Way Out West"

"That's Way Out West"
If you’ve ever heard the title of this post before when telling someone where you live in Chicago, chances are you from either the Northwest, Southwest, or Far West sides. The person who made you feel like you live in Wyoming is either: A. A resident of one of Chicago’s lakefront neighborhoods B. A relative... Read more »
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