Chicago Air and Water Show 2016


Some shots of planes around the city this weekend. The pictures are from Sunday only. With Saturday's rain delay, and cool, windy weather I opted not to bike all the way down to North Ave. Sunday was perfect weather though. And the clouds made for some cool pictures. An absolutely packed lakefront. An F-35 and P-51 buzzing around the … [Read more...]



Quick reminder and PSA: The days are getting shorter. I hope everyone is enjoying summer. … [Read more...]

The $600 Chicago to Colorado Roadtrip

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In June 2016, I took a much-needed break from my 9-5 office job downtown, and took a week trading a computer screen for a mountain view. I did some early summer hiking and fishing that was 2nd to none, especially by Chicago standards. Since my girlfriend and I split the cost down the middle, we kept track of the big expenses: gas, hostels and … [Read more...]

Chicago Kayak Series: The Lakefront

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Recently I've made the best investment I've made in a while and have set myself up for a pretty awesome summer. I bought an inflatable kayak and can now properly and safely get out on the open water. I will be sharing some of my Great Lakes adventures on Chicago Rants while the water is warm. The purchase was partially inspired by the Lake … [Read more...]

A Final Mazon Creek Fossil Hunt of 2016

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This weekend, I took another trip to Mazon Creek on a traffic-less lazy Saturday. I wish I could say it was one of my more productive trips, but I only collected a small bag of fossils. It was a windy and overcast spring day and I did not stay as long as I would have liked. I hiked to a ridge I have not searched before, and found a couple areas … [Read more...]

A Changing Logan Square

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The changing face of Logan Square makes the headlines every week. I'll add to the dialog with this quick rant since I lived in Logan Square from 2011-2013, and considered moving back in 2016. And very recently, the debate focused on 2 buildings at Sawyer/Spaulding and Milwaukee, a building I used to live in, and their purchase by controversial … [Read more...]

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...]


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