Tag: Chicago

The best salads in Chicago

The best salads in Chicago
I love to eat out, but try to make healthy choices especially this time of year.  Luckily, I have eaten salads all the way from Roger’s Park to Pilson and compiled my list of the best salads in Chicago for you. Robust Rosa at Left Coast Food. Everything is delicious at this new north side... Read more »

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016
On Sunday I walked onto the stage in front of a packed crowd at the 104-year-old Athenaeum Theatre as part of Chicago’s Listen to Your Mother and read my words.  I started off a little shaky, yet as I spoke I became comfortable under the hot lights and absorbed the energy of the audience and... Read more »

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining
Happy Friday and Earth Day!  Things have been very busy around here lately.  It is Spring Break, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to experience and appreciate our city. My husband and I loved the Avett Brothers last night at the Chicago Theatre.  The brothers and their band from North Carolina have a unique... Read more »
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Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016
Before my Listen to Your Mother audition last weekend, I sat in my car, felt the sun beat on my face, closed my eyes and meditated. Despite the breath work and visualization, I was still terrified at my audition and didn’t stop shaking until more than half way through my piece. I left relieved it... Read more »

An interview with my transgender friend

An interview with my transgender friend
Meggan Sommerville is a writer and a friend that I’ve luckily gotten to know over the past few years.  Recently she celebrated a victory in a long case with her employer Hobby Lobby.  She is smart, determined and interesting and I am excited to share our discussion with you. At what age did you realize... Read more »
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Support Green City Market at Chef's BBQ this Thursday

Support Green City Market at Chef's BBQ this Thursday
Twenty-one new restaurants will join Green City Market’s 15th annual Chef BBQ Benefit this Thursday, July 16 in Lincoln Park. The BBQ will showcase the best of Chicago’s culinary scene, including some of my favorite new comers: Japonais by Mormioto, Lillie’s Q, Maddy’s Dumpling House, The Gage, and Villains Chicago. “The Green City Market BBQ is one... Read more »

Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years in Chicago with 70,000 happy fans

Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years in Chicago with 70,000 happy fans
Chicago hosted 70,000 happy fans to listen to the music of the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend. Original band members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Much has changed since the Grateful Dead with late guitarist Jerry Garcia... Read more »

Non Toxic Manicure and Pedicure Giveaway

Non Toxic Manicure and Pedicure Giveaway
Do you ever worry if manicures and pedicures are harmful?  Especially the popular no chip manicures that require UV lights and chemicals to remove? The mainstream spa service uses close to one pound per client, per year, of toxic materials. Can you imagine how much of that is entering into our beautiful Lake Michigan? Jenny,... Read more »
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Exploring Chicago's Farmer's Markets One by One

Exploring Chicago's Farmer's Markets One by One
This summer I plan to visit as many of the Chicago Farmer’s Markets that our city has to offer.  Little gets me as energized as chatting in the sun with local farmers that proudly share their beautiful vegetables with our community. I tend to get in a rut and go to the same market every... Read more »