There are a number of things that can be done during this cold snap in Chicago. Some are in the unmentionable category and others can definitely afford to be mentioned. One of those things is shopping; online expeditions are the most appropriate in this weather. Supporting local artists and entrepreneurs in the process makes the shopping excursion even more fun. One company that comes to mind is called Ilava.
Ilava -meaning It Can Be Done- was created by Rahel Mwitula Williams. One of the most attractive things about this company, is that it offers high quality accessories, home décor, and jewelry as a way to help grassroots women social entrepreneurs in Kenya and Tanzania gain economic security.
Check out Ilava's website for amazing décor and shopping opportunities.