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

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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

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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

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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...]

Tales of Iceland- A Different Type of Travel Memoir

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Why I don't read travel memoirs I like reading about other countries and looking at pictures of exotic places as much as the next guy, but there's a certain level of narcissism that comes with travel memoirs that I usually can't bring myself to tolerate through an entire book. In reality, it's because I'd rather be the one out there "living the … [Read more...]

Recent Discovery: A Great Used Bookstore in Downtown Chicago

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Open Books. Because I'm overdue to add a new bookstore to my list of Best Used Bookstores in Chicago Sorry, but no rants here. I got more important stuff to talk about today: I found a new used bookstore in Chicago. Well, it's new to me at least. Open Books at 213 W. Institute Pl (downtown by the Chicago brown line) has been around since 2009 … [Read more...]

Pictures From Lincoln Park Boat Club’s “Learn To Row Day”

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So I've yet to create any sort of "Chicago Summer Bucketlist" like other Chicago bloggers tend to do (it's coming though, I swear), but I will post about the stuff I am preemptively crossing off the list. First up on my non-existent list: I attended the "National Learn To Row Day" with the Lincoln Park Boat Club on Saturday. The event serves to … [Read more...]

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