Posts in category "Winter Activities"

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 »

Garfield Park Isn't the Hellhole You Think It Is

Garfield Park Isn't the Hellhole You Think It Is
Chicago winters are enough to make you want to pack up and move away. Don’t get me wrong; I love this city as much as I love my left arm, and I think the city is just as beneficial to my well-being. I think the cooler weather gives Chicagoans a reality check that makes us... Read more »
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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 »

McKinley Park: A Surprising Winter Wonderland

McKinley Park: A Surprising Winter Wonderland
It’s that horrible time of year again. It’s too cold and dreary to spend any meaningful time outside, but not cold enough to allow the snow and sledding that make wintertime fun. It’s easy to just relent and spend all of our free time watching movie marathons on cable or hiding our eyes while the... Read more »

Staying Active When it's Cold in Chicago

Whenever I tell people I’m from Chicago, I get one of two responses: either they pretend to hold a Tommy gun while yelling “Al Capone! The mob!” (okay, that only happened once—but it did happen!); or, they get a piteous look in their eyes and gasp, “But it’s so cold there.” Yes, it gets cold... Read more »
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