Category: Chicago

How to Look Chic and Be Cheap: Consignment Shopping in Chicagoland

How to Look Chic and Be Cheap: Consignment Shopping in Chicagoland

[ 0 ] March 10, 2014 |

Staying stylish on a budget can sometimes mean elbowing other customers at sample sales and scouring overloaded clothing racks during sales. My preferred method for fashion bargain hunting is via consignment stores. Consignment stores are thrift store equivalents, but they differ in that they offer up cash to the original owners for items sold. My […]

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Bring on the Creative Beads: Jewelry-Making in Chicago

Bring on the Creative Beads: Jewelry-Making in Chicago

[ 0 ] February 18, 2014 |

Chicago has world-class art museums, theater and music venues. You won’t be hard-pressed to find an arts-loving local or visitor in the snow-drenched streets. With the explosion of giant craft-supply stores providing creative folks with all their hobby necessities, it can be tempting to forego small businesses. As a jewelry-maker and beader, I often find […]

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The Cold Hands and Warm Hearts of Chicago

The Cold Hands and Warm Hearts of Chicago

[ 0 ] February 13, 2014 |

Who are the people behind the red, white and baby blue flag? Who are these people who put up with months of formidable winter just to bask in a few short months of glorious summer rays? What makes someone a true Chicagoan? What is it about the people that make the Second City feel like […]

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Chicago’s Top Arcade & Board Game Bars

Chicago’s Top Arcade & Board Game Bars

[ 0 ] February 11, 2014 |

There’s nothing I love more than a bar with games.  It doesn’t even have to be a barcade – just give me a machine with nudey Photohunt and I’m happy!  For the other bar game lovers out there, I’ve compiled a list and some commentary on the best game bars in Chicago.  Happy playing! Board […]

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If You See Something, Say Something: Booze Cruisin’ on the Metra

If You See Something, Say Something: Booze Cruisin’ on the Metra

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it. It’s part of the automated announcements Chicago commuters hear when riding the Metra Rail to work. I was riding the train back home one night from my odd-hour non-profit job downtown when the announcements rang out as usual. Safety and security are our highest priorities. […]

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Ointments, Elixirs and Potions, Oh My!

Ointments, Elixirs and Potions, Oh My!

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

While Chicago is a relatively-newer city when compared to the steep histories of London and Rome, there are certain Chicago landmarks that reverse the hands of time and hearken back to simpler times. Times when the milkman still delivered milk to your doorstep, your local barbershop boasted a clean straight razor shave, and your neighborhood […]

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Chicago ‘Groceries Plus:’ Groce-restau-bars

Chicago ‘Groceries Plus:’ Groce-restau-bars

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013 |

Prior to moving to Chicago, I never considered going to the grocery a social event or outing. To me, groceries consisted of stores like Meijer, Giant Eagle or Kroger, where you park, grab a cart, buy a bunch of items to take home and leave. This all changed roughly two years ago, when I was first introduced […]

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A Little Piece from the Land of Oz in the Windy City

A Little Piece from the Land of Oz in the Windy City

[ 0 ] December 31, 2013 |

Close your eyes. No, please do not actually close your eyes for you will not be able to read. After figuratively closing your eyes, imagine blue skies with just a few perfectly shaped clouds drifting by. The nearby sounds of children’s laughter pass your ears. Dozens of dogs cross your path as they gallivant proudly […]

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Steep and Swift Sledding Hills in Chicago’s Suburbs

Steep and Swift Sledding Hills in Chicago’s Suburbs

[ 0 ] December 29, 2013 |

Long gone are the days of using cafeteria trays as make-shift sleds. These days, sleds are outfitted with accessories ranging from faux steering wheels to skis to huge inflatable inner tubes. It was with my own simple sleds (and two experts in fun, i.e. nine-year-old boys) that I decided to investigate the sledding hills near […]

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