Neon Signs of Chicago

Holzkopf meat edgewater neon sign

I know most Chicagoans can be on board with me when I say that when there's a giant multi-colored neon sign out front of a bar or restaurant, you know that business is legit. If it's an old-school neon sign, you know that place has been in biz for 40+ years. And if it's a newer neon sign, you know they recently shelled out some dough to make them … [Read more...]

Worst Chicago Commute Ever

Lake Shore Drive Bus Fire

City-wide, this was the worst day to commute in Chicago. I got on my 147 bus a little late today (about 6:40am), and was smooth sailing down Lake Shore until we got gridlocked at about Belmont. I work in the loop. And it was a dead stop at Belmont. Took an hour and a half to get to work. There was an incident at about North Ave. But hey, at … [Read more...]

Vans Classic & Chicago @ Bottom Lounge 5/15/14

custom Vans shoes

This spring, Vans continued its worldwide string of events known as “Vans City and Classics.” The traveling event involves celebrating the brand’s emphasis on music and art by collaborating with local artists and bands in each city to put on a showcase of visual art and musical performances. Last year, Vans toured through cities including … [Read more...]

We’re Exaggerating too much about the Wind Chill in Chicago


If small talk about the weather were an Olympic sport, I'd say just about everyone in Chicago better head to Sochi right about now, because this week was a damn marathon. All week, I watched newscasters and radio hosts struggle to fill dead-air and show intros with a cold-weather pun that hasn't been used yet, but their extra effort went in vain. … [Read more...]

Chicago Startup of the Month: Journey Bar


I can't decide what's worse about today's nutrition bars: the names or the flavors. The names are usually uncreative and gym-themed (Super-Plex-Ultra power bar, anyone?), but most of the flavors I see on the shelves look like they'd find a better home in a Ben & Jerry's pint. Seriously, what's with nutrition bar companies and peanut butter, … [Read more...]

The Choose Your Own Adventure Post- Chicago Weekend

90's childhood books

Remember those awesome books that dog-eared their way though every half-decent elementary school in the country? *Turn to page 43 if you choose to go into the spooky dungeon. Turn to page 51 if you choose to fight the monster.* These books were addictingly awesome and are the reason I was stuck at a 4th grade reading level until middle … [Read more...]

4 Important Life Lessons Learned While Camping

camping stars

So as you read in my previous post, I went camping last weekend. And I know I never write anything too thoughtful or meaningful on this blog, but here's 4 things I'll share. You should see the Milky Way at least once in your life. Because it actually looks like it does in the pictures. There are not very many vivid memories you’ll carry with … [Read more...]

Trout Fishing at Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon trout fishing

Compared to other cities in the U.S., Chicagoans really don't have a lot of camping opportunities to scratch that primordial itch of experiencing the outdoors. I think Illinois' lack of State Parks can probably be attributed to the massive Cenozoic-era glacial ice sheets that plowed through most of the state 10,000 years ago, leaving behind a very … [Read more...]


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