Why is Chicago Rants Still Here?

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An odd anniversary quietly snuck by the other day. As of March 2016, Chicago Rants has been the voice of a twenty-something's adventures around Chicagoland area for 5 years. A half-decade is quite a lifespan for a personal blog, and I wanted to make a post to mention a mile-mark that few sites ever hit. Starting a blog is easy, keeping it … [Read more...]

The 2 Best Options on Where to Buy Sold Out Lollapalooza Tickets

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Smashing Pumpkins and Beastie Boys General Admission for $30

Once upon a time, Lollapalooza was a traveling tour with 12+ US dates that hosted the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins and dozens more that continue to grace the stages of Chicago's Grant Park for Lollapalooza into the 2000's and beyond. This was a dark, gloomy … [Read more...]

Finding Mazon Creek Fossils: The Ultimate Guide

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Loading... How and Where to Find Mazon Creek Fossils in Pit 11, the eBook Every Chicago summer I always make time for one specific adventure outside of city limits: a fossil hunting trip to Mazon Creek. I load up the car with plenty of water, a bagged lunch, a couple small digging tools, and a bucket. This is one of my favorite oddities of … [Read more...]

United Center Concerts: the Ultimate Guide from Chicago Rants

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In 2016, I've finally seen a concert at the United Center, after decades of living near and in Chicago. I wasn't exactly in a rush to check this off my list though. I don't like arena shows. But who does? They're crowded and expensive, getting tickets is stressful, and the United Center is a very far CTA commute from my apartment. … [Read more...]

Lagunitas Chicago Brewery Tour: A Review and a Rant

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Chicago has 4 notable large-scale breweries that are open for tours regularly, Revolution, Half Acre, Goose Island, and Lagunitas. And like most people who live in Chicago, they've been on my "I should check that out sometime" list ever since I turned 21. I suppose it wasn't really a priority of mine, since my legal birthday was 5 years ago and … [Read more...]

The Secret West Ridge Nature Preserve at Peterson and Western

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Cemeteries are a waste of space in Chicago. The manicured lawns don't foster wildlife, and the morbid atmosphere doesn't exactly draw a crowd. So it's a real shame that there's a few thousand acres of prime Chicago real estate that isn't fitting for (living) people or urban wildlife. But this year, the Chicago Park District worked hard to … [Read more...]

Montrose Harbor Fishing Report 2/28/2015

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Montrose Harbor Fishing Report February 28, 2015= Nothing. Despite record-breaking ice coverage on Lake Michigan these past 2 years, the lakefront of my neighborhood on the far north side still has plenty of open water. The photo below is actually from December (I didn't catch anything on that day), but other than a few icebergs it didn't look … [Read more...]

The VERY Quick Blog Post on the 2015 Chicago Mayoral Election

photo: John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-mayoral-race-poll-met-0217-20150217-story.html#page=1

Heads up! This is a lazy one guys. It's an important post, but one I'm not going to dedicate a lot of time. Just go out and vote. Because your vote might actually count in this one. Millennial votes are at an all time low. Early voting has had a slow turnout as well. and 1 in 5 Chicagoans are unsure of who to vote for Mayor while we're less … [Read more...]

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