A Review of Foster and Montrose Beach

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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 »
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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 »

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 »
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Millennium Park Was Not a Mistake

Chicagoans can be very short-sighted. While our sensible, practical attitudes usually work in our favor—take, for example, our perfectly gridded streets and the fact that we were able to reverse the flow of the river to avoid swimming in and drinking our own excrement—these attitudes tend to diminish our romanticism, our imaginations, and our risk-taking.... Read more »

An Open Letter To People Who Make Flying Miserable

To The Plane Passengers Who Make Flying Miserable, Firstly, let me earn your favor by declaring that airlines sold their souls to the devil the minute they decided to charge passengers for checked bags. I can practically envision the out-of-touch executives toasting each other with champagne when they found a system to leech more money... Read more »

I Live With My Parents In The Suburbs. It's Freaking Sweet.

For the past seven years, I have been an urban girl. From a series of apartments in Wicker Park and Bucktown, I mastered all modes of transportation on the CTA, sampled restaurants with cuisine both familiar and foreign, explored nooks and crannies of a city that never seems to stop evolving, and even stuck around... Read more »
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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 »