Category: Around Town

Park No. 517: The Best Park in Chicago You've Never Heard Of

One of my favorite things about summer in Chicago is all the green space around to enjoy. There’s the huge parks downtown the beaches along the lake and bike trails for miles. But there’s also smaller, off the beaten path places that really make the city park system special. For me, the best park in... Read more »

A Sneak Peak of the Field Museum Vikings Exhibit

The entrance to the exhibit.
The Field Museum Vikings Exhibits opens Friday, February 27th, and I was lucky enough to attend a preview of the exhibit. The exhibit comes to Chicago from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, which helped install this extensive collection of artifacts, recreations, and interactive elements. According to the team behind the exhibit, the focus of... Read more »

Things That Rocked My Week December 7-14

After a month of many school and work deadlines, I’m looking forward to some time to focus on more fun things, like travelling (duh), buying presents and getting to write about whatever I want. Here’s some things that rocked this past week for me: The CTA holiday train! This is my third winter in Chicago... Read more »
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5 reasons to check out Birch Road Cellar, a social club in Chicago

5 reasons to check out Birch Road Cellar, a social club in Chicago
People often ask me how I found out about Birch Road Cellar, a social club in Lincoln Park, which is having an Open House this Saturday evening for anyone interested in checking it out and learning about membership. “The wife of a friend of the husband of a friend of mine” is the short answer.... Read more »

Your David Bowie Day Playlist

<iframe width="500" height="375" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1hDbpF4Mvkw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br><br> "Modern Love" is my favorite Bowie song. I don't want to go out either, Bowie!
People. I have come out of semi-blogging retirement (I’ve been busy, what can I say) to make this important announcement. Tomorrow (or today, or yesterday, or last week) is David Bowie Day in Chicago. Like the mayor actually said so. September 23rd is a day to dye your hair bright red, put on an intentionally... Read more »

8 tips for a great Pitchfork 2014

8 tips for a great Pitchfork 2014
Pitchfork is one of my favorite parts of a Chicago summer. I’ve been every year since I moved to the city and it never disappoints. I go for the headliners and end up discovering other artists that I love. I definitely go for the music, but there’s so much more to this festival. If you’re... Read more »
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That "It Could Have Been Me" Feeling

That "It Could Have Been Me" Feeling
Do you ever read or hear about an awful event that stops you in your tracks? That hits a little too close to home? I’m sure we’ve all had those “it could have been me” moments. I had one just last week. Last Saturday there was tragic shooting in the middle of the afternoon at a... Read more »

A Lazy and Cheap Valentine's Day: The Faux Hotel Plan

I would love to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to stay at a nice hotel. It’s one of the many things I love about travelling- the luxury of sleekly designed surroundings, having a comfortable bed, taking a bath in a spacious bathroom, and not having to worry about keeping it clean or doing the... Read more »

The Mini Abe Super Bowl Commercial: Irresponsible Use of State Money

Before turning off the Super Bowl after the 3rd quarter because I was sleepy and it was getting sad watching Peyton Manning, I did get to catch some of the local advertisements. It’s funny, because I didn’t even recognize that there was a Menards commercial, even though I was singing “Save big money…” until a... Read more »
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Fighting in a Hotel: What Would You Do?

Fighting in a Hotel: What Would You Do?
Imagine if you will, enjoying a nice staycation night in downtown Chicago with your partner. You get a great Groupon deal on the room, enjoy some room service, drink some wine you brought from home (because let’s not get too crazy), walk around in the plush robe just because you can…you get the picture. After... Read more »