Apple River Canyon Trout Opener October 2016

flyfish illinois

Twice a year, in April and in October, the Illinois DNR stocks select lakes and rivers with a variety of trout for anglers to try their luck at. The first 2 weeks after stocking, the trout can be fished on a catch and release basis only. The following week, the trout can be kept for cooking. From my experience, the trout range from 6''-15'' and can … [Read more...]

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

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

Inflatable 2 person kayak lake michigan

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?

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...]


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