I finally made it back to Chicago after moving around a year ago. It was good to be back! The weekend went by super fast, but I still got up to some trouble. Here’s what I did: Stayed at The Gwen (where they have a great bar and curling on their terrace) grabbed coffee at Eataly brunched at HopCat with friends went to Emporium (an arcade bar) in Wicker Park had pizza and beer at Piece visited Shed Aquarium
It’s the 55th year that Chicago has dyed its river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The folks in the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union spray a secret potion (that’s supposedly environmentally friendly) in the river, Ghostbuster style. It’s pure chaos and a ton of fun.
Over the delightfully, yet disconcertingly warm Presidents’ Day weekend, I took a homemade and not entirely extensive cultural tour of the windy city. It started off in Chinatown, wound around Pilsen (a colorful Hispanic neighborhood nearby), downed a few German brewed pints, and ended up smack dab in the middle of what most consider highly American–a monster truck rally. If you’re looking to add some spice while in Chicago, here are a few ideas for ya, starting in the south […]
Lollapalooza is mayhem, it’s a madhouse, and every year I find myself back there. This go-round it was 4 days long. I got to see Radiohead, M83, Bastille, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, Leon Bridges, Chris Stapleton, Two Door Cinema Club, St. Lucia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silversun Pickups, Haim, Bloc Party, and LCD Soundsystem. That’s right. I said Radiohead. It was my first time seeing them, and I sure as heck hope it’s not my […]
Chicago’s Air and Water Show was this past weekend–and it was fantastic as always. This year’s headliners were the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds the F-35 Heritage Flight. The show has been around for 57 years. Back then, the budget was only $88. I’d love to know what the total cost is now that Shell is footing the bill. There is nothing like watching some amazing stunts while gazing at the city that you love.
Pilsen is quite possibly my favorite Chicago neighborhood. There is a large hispanic presence in the area–creating a colorful vibe from street to street. There are murals and art instillations everywhere you look. If you’re going to spend the afternoon in the area, here are a few hot spots: La Vaca Margarita Bar: grab a drink and chill on the patio walk along Halsted and go into the art studios along the way grab a meat pie or scotch egg at Pleasant […]
It’s often said that black and white photography creates a sense of timelessness. I love to take a photo full of people and indicators, turn it black and white, and watch as it transforms into a completely different piece of art. Most of the time I even consider making this alteration to a picture, it’s one I’ve taken in Chicago. I’m not sure why that is–perhaps it’s because I live here and I want to see my home differently. Take […]
I wish I could eat the most important meal of the day in the heavens every morning. The Skydeck at Willis Tower lets you have your breakfast in the sky. Crazy, huh? There you are, alone and hanging off a glass edge, 103 floors up as you enjoy a buttered biscuit. It might have been in the middle of a snowstorm, but it was beautiful nonetheless. You can see straight down to the tiny speck people, barreling through the snow. Gotta love Chicago!
Well it’s fall y’all, or as I like to call it–the season for idiots to walk around dirty cities in a pair of white pants. I’m wearing some Pilcro flares and my new favorite top. I’d like to think it’s modeled after the ewoks’ hoodies. From Pittsburgh to Chicago, I’ll be the idiot breaking the no-white-after-labor-day-rule with an appropriately named beer in hand.