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The Ugly Chicagoan

Like the “Ugly American” tourist, the “Ugly Chicagoan” exists. He/she has also come from afar (usually other Midwestern states, or an Illinois town with an area code of 847 or 815). Chicago is a fluid city – it has been attracting people since it’s start. It has had its share of “good” and “bad” residents.... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

"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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"K" Streets Conundrums (Not the K-Car. K-Streets)

"K" Streets Conundrums (Not the K-Car. K-Streets)
Most everyone who grew up within the city of Chicago or its nearby peripheries are aware of the city’s naming convention for its north-south streets that emanate west of Pulaski Road. For those who aren’t, it’s (or at least tries to be) alphabetically-ordered. For example: “Neva, Nottingham, Nordica, Sayre, Newland…,” et cetera. These streets you just read are situated towards Harlem... Read more »