Category: Chicago

Have you checked out Warm Belly Bakery?

Have you checked out Warm Belly Bakery?
As I type this, on my increasingly problematic iPhone 6s, I am sitting in Warm Belly Bakery in West Loop. Now, anyone who knows me on a personal level knows I am not a fan of the West Loop. I’ve worked here for 3 years. The parking is horrendous. I call it the #PoopLoop because... Read more »

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan

Reflecting on Shutting Down The Dan Ryan
I’ve always told my students, “Don’t just read about history someone else is making.  Make some yourself.” Yesterday felt like history being made.  It felt momentous.  In the wake of the March For Our Lives movement, and the new explosion of youth engagement, it felt like so many pages coming together. Now, I’m no stranger... Read more »

Who Went to Puerto Rican Fest???

Who Went to Puerto Rican Fest???
Full disclosure:  This was my first time attending Puerto Rican Fest in any capacity.  Also, I was not at the festival in a purely enjoyment role…I was there for professional purposes.  However, I found adequate time to take in all that the festival was. I will readily admit that I’m ashamed that this was my... Read more »
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Strides For Peace, Spring Awakening, and UFC 225!!!

Strides For Peace, Spring Awakening, and UFC 225!!!
First things first… I didn’t quit!!! I wanted to quit, could’ve quit…but I didn’t quit. So as I mentioned in my previous blog, I ran the 5K for the Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence… …And I didn’t quit. This was my first time running in 2 years…since I ran Strides for Peace in... Read more »

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?

Are You Going To Strides For Peace?
Do you think about Chicago violence? Do you talk about Chicago violence? If either of those answers is yes, then the only place you should be Thursday night is Grant Park, for the Strides for Peace “Race Against Gun Violence”. I don’t intend to sound mean, but I will say it to all of you as... Read more »

The Flava of Chicago

The Flava of Chicago
Ahhh…the beginning of summer. I feel like this is the season where Chicago truly comes alive. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the seasons here in Chicago, and yes, that includes Winter. Quick break for this brief PSA: Stop complaining about the weather unless you have a diagnosed ailment. Deal with it! Anyway, as... Read more »
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Were You At Bike The Drive?

Were You At Bike The Drive?
I had a mini freakout when I awoke to the alarm on my phone going off.  Mainly because I set it 30 minutes after my alarm clock…so I already knew I was behind the power curve.  How far behind…90 minutes. Which, ultimately, was for the best.  The last time I looked at the clock before... Read more »

The Metro Gun Share Program

The Metro Gun Share Program
If you’ve ventured down to Daley Plaza in the last 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a new addition to the Plaza,  a new art exhibit entitled the Metro Gun Share Program.  The design of the art piece will look extremely familiar to Chicagoans; it looks exactly like a Divvy bike share docking station.  However, you’ll... Read more »

Transportation Just Got Easier As Divvy Has New Siblings In The City

Transportation Just Got Easier As Divvy Has New Siblings In The City
So, I live right outside of the city…Alsip to be exact.  I’m 5 blocks outside of the city limit.  Yes…I know, it brings me much shame too!  It’s a situation I’m working on. However, I work in the West Loop.  I drive to work daily.  I have biked to work however.  I’m a huge bicyclist. ... Read more »
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Kanye West and Donald Trump

Kanye West and Donald Trump
I came home tonight with the express intent of climbing in bed and going straight to sleep. I’m hella tired. However, this topic has been in my mind all day. In addition, a few friends asked me my thoughts on the recent tweets of Kanye West. Other friends expressed their opinions, many publicly, a few... Read more »