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 … [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...]

Finding Mazon Creek Fossils: The Ultimate Guide

Mazon Creek Fossil collecting sites

Loading... What you get in Fossil Collecting Mazon Creek Pit 11: The Ultimate Field Guide A brief history on Mazon Creek concretions and the strip coal mines 8 maps of secluded Mazon Creek Pit 11 collecting sites * Tips on searching Pit 11, what to look for and where to look A map to the site where I found my Tully Monster Fossil … [Read more...]

United Center Concerts: the Ultimate Guide from Chicago Rants

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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

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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...]


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