Posts in category "Northside Neighborhoods"

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 »

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 »
Advertisement:

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 »

Chill Out, Cubs Fans

The Ricketts family and the city of Chicago say they’re getting close to an agreement concerning the renovation proposals for Wrigley Field, but that they also want input from the community before any plans are finalized. Normally, I’d fully support the community and their right to voice concerns about traffic and lighting and advertising and... Read more »

Hoppy Times at Local Brewpubs

One of the best parts about living in Chicago is our close proximity to so many different cultural institutions. The museums, the historical sites, the art galleries, the concert halls—the options are seemingly endless. Katie and I, being the cultured sophisticates that we are, pored over our options last weekend, wanting to find the place... Read more »
Advertisement:

It's Just Like Being in a Game of "Clue," Without the Pesky Murder

It's Just Like Being in a Game of "Clue," Without the Pesky Murder
I used to play the board game Clue all the time, but it’s not because I have a penchant for problem-solving. It’s because I was obsessed with the game board. The mansion in which the supposed murder took place absolutely intrigued me; there were secret passages, rooms that seemed to have simultaneously a very specific... Read more »

We Went to Lincoln Park And Didn't Hate It

We Went to Lincoln Park And Didn't Hate It
I have a love/hate relationship with Lincoln Park. I love it for the same reasons that everybody else does—it’s pretty, it has good shops and restaurants, it’s still safe enough that when somebody gets stabbed or mugged there, the crime makes the evening news, and so on. But I also really hate Lincoln Park. Even... Read more »

Trying and Failing to Find Fun in Warren Park

Trying and Failing to Find Fun in Warren Park
I’m starting to understand the saying, “The thing critics hate most is themselves.” When tasked with the job of critiquing something—whether food, theater, or public spaces—you notice yourself finding the negative in even the most benign subjects. And that’s actually kinda fun for a minute. (Next time you’re in a bad mood, try criticizing a... Read more »
Advertisement:
  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Advertisement:
  • Meet The Blogger

    Christine Adams

    Christine Adams, a lifelong Chicagoan, loves the city's parks, beaches, and other public spaces more than tourists love Garrett's popcorn. As a teacher, she is accustomed to being disproportionately enthusiastic about things, but hopes at least some of her excitement is contagious. Katie Porter, also a lifelong Chicagoan, loves capturing the neighborhoods, people, and attitudes of Chicago through photography. Also a teacher, she is infinitely creative and inventive. More than anything, both women hope to shed some light on overlooked places to help people make the most of this beautiful city.

  • Recent posts

  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement:
  • Fresh Chicago News