Category: Chicago Happenings

It's National GoTopless Day!

Why should we be subject to this man with his shirt off?
If you find yourself out at North Avenue Beach today, you may end up seeing more than you bargained for just the annual air and water show. Because believe it or not, today is actually National GoTopless Day! Sponsored by, the organization aims for equal topless rights for all or none. Yes boys, you... Read more »

The Game: intentionally ambiguous, intriguingly awesome

Exploring Chicago has never been as entertaining or as fun until now. No trolleys or boats or ridiculous fees required. And it’s perfect for both locals and tourists alike…without having to deal with unrelenting crowds and snooze-worthy tour guides. I’m talking about The Game, which launches TODAY here in Chicago. No, not the bizarre Michael... Read more »

Making the Most of August

Believe it or not, but there’s only one month left of summer. Le sigh. Before we know it, the marathon will have come and gone, we’ll be knee deep in snow and bitching about the unrelenting winter. This summer has been a hot one loaded with humidity, storms and while I personally can’t wait for... Read more »

Triathlons: They're not just for "Big Kids" anymore.

Need inspiration?
Earlier today, my husband and I witnessed what was arguably one of the most awesome things in a long time–a triathlon that will stay close to my heart for quite some time. Which is saying a lot considering how involved we are in the sport. In the wee hours of the morning, we headed down... Read more »

Countdown to Harry Potter

Countdown to Harry Potter
We’re just days away from the final installment of everyone’s favorite wizard on the silver screen and millions of people are finding ways to recreate a decade of magical awesomeness in anticipation of the series’ epic culmination. Everything from staging Quidditch tournaments to jamming out to Wizard Wrock–yes, both are real things–are the prelude to... Read more »

A Lakefront Trapeze? Yes, Please!

Follow @RunningJayhawk to keep tabs on all That’s Awesome! Those of you who frequent the Belmont Harbor corridor may have recently noticed some changes. Namely ladders and nets and all sorts of high flying cables. It all looks like it could be a training camp for the ill-fated Spiderman: The Musical on Broadway. But in... Read more »

Chicago Naked Bike Ride 2011

Follow @RunningJayhawk to keep tabs on all That’s Awesome! It’s [questionably] springtime here in Chicago and that can only mean one thing…our cycling friends are out in full force. Now normally you’d see some spandex-clad training along the lake, or hipsters on fixies zipping in and out of traffic throughout the loop. But on Saturday... Read more »

Sluts Take Over Downtown in First-Ever Chicago SlutWalk

Sluts Take Over Downtown in First-Ever Chicago SlutWalk
This past Saturday, sluts and slut lovers all over the Chicagoland area joined forces in a walk to take a stand against rape culture and spread an important but powerful message about sexual assault. Just because a woman [or man!] is dressed provocatively…or has been drinking…or is being totally skanking it up on the dance... Read more »

Wednesday Giveaway: Win An Invite to the Chick-Fil-A Grand Opening

My fellow Chicagoans…the wait is nearly over! In a little over two weeks, the highly anticipated Chick-Fil-A location at Loyola Water Tower [30 East Chicago at the corner of Wabash and Chicago] will finally be open for business! And I know that I am not the only one excited for it. Anytime one of these... Read more »

Sneak Preview at The Field Museum's Newest Exhibit: Whales Giants of the Deep

Take an up close look at artifacts that have been carved from whale teeth and bones at the Pataka Taonga display.
Earlier this week, The Field Museum invited me to come and experience their newest exhibit, Whales: Giants of the Deep, before it opens to the masses. The inner child who wanted to grow up and be a marine biologist instantly filled with excitement at the invitation. However, due to prior commitments, I was unable to... Read more »