United Center Concerts: the Ultimate Guide from Chicago Rants

United Center section 110 view

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

brewery equipment warehouse

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


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


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 

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...]

And Old Drink and a Contemporary Store

Vividbraille Chicago

I like the first part of winter. You know, the part with the Christmas lights and New Year's parties, but January-March are more what defines a Chicago winter, and makes the summer all the better when it hits. I'm crossing my fingers more and more everyday that I'll look out the window and see a bit of sun and a patch of green grass. Are we … [Read more...]

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...]


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