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Simple Tips to Help You Follow Through on a New Year’s Resolution

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy—sticking to it is a whole lot harder! But with a little perseverance and a whole lot of planning, you can be on your way to making your goals for 2020 a reality, whether you’ve resolved to be more mindful of your budget, you’re seeking to stay active, or […]

Secure Your Spot at the Chicago Polar Bear Plunge 

Grab a group of your courageous friends and jump into the icy waters of Lake Michigan this winter as part of the Chicago Polar Bear Plunge. The event, set for noon on Jan. 20, has been an annual tradition in Chicago since 2001 and helps raise funds for local families. Since its inception, the event […]

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DIY Holiday Gifts They’ll Be Delighted to Unwrap

They say it’s better to give than receive, but living up to the old adage can be expensive. This holiday season, keep your wallet full—and your stress level at a minimum—by going the DIY route with your gift-giving. You don’t have to be an expert crafter or pro chef to create a gift that’s memorable […]

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Ring in 2020 at Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo

It doesn’t get any wilder than Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo! Ring in 2020 under the dazzling holiday lights of the zoo, and enjoy animal encounters, a live DJ, games, and giveaways during this 21-and-up event.  Bundle up for the outdoor event, but you won’t be outside all night. The animal houses will […]

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Fifth and Third Bank Winter Wonderfest Returns to Festival Hall on Dec. 6

If you like ice skating, then you need to add a visit to the  Fifth and Third Bank Winter WonderFest to your holiday bucket list! Returning for its 19th year from Dec. 6 to Jan. 12 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, this annual event promises 170,000 square feet of holiday cheer in the form of […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Is Served! Essential Hosting Tips for Renters

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’re probably starting to make your holiday plans. And if those plans include hosting the big meal at your apartment, you might also be panicking about how you’re going to accommodate everyone. But don’t worry—just a few of these small tweaks will get your apartment ready for the crowd. […]

Essex on the Park: Chicago French Market

There’s just something about markets that give you a true feel for a city, and Chicago French Market, which has been a staple in the city for 10 years, is no different. It’s a modernized version of those European markets everyone knows and loves, where you can find everything from fruit and veggies to handmade […]

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No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating DIYs for Grown-Ups

Carving a jack-o-lantern may have been fun when you were a youngster—but that was before you were the one in charge of cleaning up. Times have changed, and so have your tastes. So here are a few sophisticated DIY projects you can try with your pumpkins this year. Chalkboard Pumpkins Chalkboard paint isn’t just for […]

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Play Some Pinball at Emporium Wicker Park

When the first amusement arcades appeared in Chicago around the turn of the twentieth century, they were a sensation in the social and entertainment world of the city. Since 2012, Emporium has worked to bring that innovative and exciting spirit back, blending the experience of a bar, video arcade, a nightclub and a special events […]

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Snag Your Tickets to the Trick or Drink: Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl

You’re going out anyway to celebrate Halloween. You might as well get the best deals and no cover at all your favorite spots. The Trick or Drink: Chicago Halloween Bar Crawl has your ticket to both, and all you have to do is grab a bar crawl wristband to take part. This year’s festivities give you […]

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