Region Rats. That’s what they call us. We dwell in the infamous purgatory wedged between the sparkling lights of Chicago and wide open cornfields of Indiana.

Orphaned from our home state, “Da Region”, as the natives call it, is that upper left section of the Hoosier state known as Northwest Indiana. To you, it might just be that obscure, little region Tom Skilling is forced to mention during his forecast, but to us, it is our own miniature Chicago!

Often overshadowed by our big brother The Windy City, I felt it necessary to give “Da Region” it’s own respective voice and unique identity as an adopted Chicagoan state and off-the-map tourist destination. It’s an area that offers greasy gyro meat piled on top of hot pita bread, a cold beer in front of a fortress of flat screens, and the one thing the city of Chicago doesn’t have, parking spots!

Diving head first into the community, I am dedicated to traveling through “Da Region”, in search of these humble and delightfully gritty gems, experiencing the businesses, the bars, the events and the personalities that make Northwest Indiana, Southeast Chicago!

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    Travane Phoenix

    Aside from blogging, I’m the writer, director, actor and founder of the independent film group, ICE Productions. I’ve been volunteering at the John G. Shedd Aquarium since 2003 in the Interpretive Guest Services department; so if you’re visiting Shedd, keep an eye out for me. Practicing improv at Comedy Sportz in Chicago, I’ve had the privilege of competing in both their student and professional showcases. Always jumping at the opportunity to help new talent, I’ve also participated in multiple Columbia College short films and stage plays. Doing extras work whenever movies make their way into Chicago, I’ve been lucky enough to make it into several feature films and TV shows including: Contagion, The Dilemma, Chicago Code and ER. In my free time I enjoy a good bike ride, volleyball game, or simply losing my soul to Halo and Final Fantasy on one of my video game consoles.

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