4 Reasons Not to Hate Chicago Winters

I’ve heard a lot of talk from Chicagoans recently who, fed up with the bitter cold and severe weather, are threatening to move to warmer climates. As a Chicagoan who has been living in San Diego for the past six months, I understand this desire all too well—but I also recognize that there are some... Read more »

How to be a Twenty-Something Chicagoan

As I approach the waning months of my twenties, I have been thinking about what my friends and I dubbed our “urban childhoods,” which began when we graduated college and is ending, well, now. While I don’t feel any different of a person as when I first came to Chicago, I don’t quite have the... Read more »

Wait, There's a 12th Street Beach?!

Flags in Chicago
While going to the beach on a devastatingly hot day might sound like a logical choice, there are some days when you would be crazy to leave your comfortably air-conditioned home or office. The day Katie and I went to 12th Street Beach was one of those days. I’m going to do my best to... Read more »
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How to Tolerate North Avenue Beach

Okay, here’s the truth. Katie and I have been to North Avenue Beach more times than we can count, and based on those experiences, we were prepared to eviscerate this beach, to rage against its idiocy and to ridicule anybody who defends it. Too many horrible experiences of 11-year-olds asking me for weed; of underage... Read more »

A Review of Foster and Montrose Beach

Balloons for sale-Montrose Beach
Katie and I started this day at Foster Avenue Beach. Despite the hordes of mating dragonflies in the air, this beach is quite lovely. One of its unique amenities is a grassy area that leads right up to the water, where people picnicked, strummed on their guitars, and dozed in the shade of trees. The... Read more »

A Review of Hollywood Beach

A Review of Hollywood Beach
Hollywood Beach, to put it short, is amazing. It’s the perfect combination of “family beach” and “gay beach.” Leonardo DiCaprio should have come here instead of travelling all the way to Thailand for the idyllic setting in The Beach; once Corona gets wind of Hollywood Beach, they will change their current slogan to “Find This Beach”; Odysseus would... Read more »
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A Review of Loyola Beach and Hartigan Beach

A Review of Loyola Beach and Hartigan Beach
Hartigan Beach is fine. The sand is fine, the water is fine, the amount of people and lifeguards is fine. But people don’t take day trips to the beach for “fine.” People don’t use up their valuable personal days for “fine.” People don’t decide that Chicago is the most amazing city on the face of... Read more »

A Review of Rogers Park Beaches

A Review of Rogers Park Beaches
When I was in kindergarten, there was a talent show at my elementary school. The older students sang, played musical instruments, and tap-danced, and even as a kindergartner, I remember thinking “Wow, these people really aren’t that good.” But how could anybody criticize them? They were just kids, passionately performing some art-form that they were... Read more »

The ESPYs Are Everything That's Wrong With Sports

My husband turned to a rerun of the ESPYs just in time for us to see Michael Phelps win an award for the “best record-breaking performance,” which was when he earned his 16th gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. I looked at my husband and asked, “So, because Phelps won a bunch of awards, they’re... Read more »
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Get Grandma on Facebook

My grandma has always been cooler than I am. No, seriously: at her fiftieth wedding anniversary, she danced all night in blue sequined heels. Later, she lip-synched in a homemade music video with my aunts and uncles to “Love Shack.” And, despite the fact that I was in college during Facebook’s formative years and theoretically... Read more »