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How to Refresh Your Apartment Closet for Fall

Getting ready for a new season is always a process, one that should include cleaning out your closet. In order to prepare for the impending cooler weather, spend some time organizing your wardrobe. Follow these steps to make the process simple. Gather your materials. Before you get started, take stock of what you need. Maybe bins […]

Irv’s Bike Shop: A Local Mainstay for Bicycle Parts and Repairs

Irv’s Bike Shop in Pilsen is the real deal. Since 1972, this family-owned and -operated local institution has been serving the Chicago bicycle community and sharing the love of everything on two (or even three) wheels. Henry Ortiz, Irv’s long time owner, heads up a team of expert bike mechanics who can do anything from […]

What to Stream When You Need a Break From the Everyday

The world is changing rapidly right now, and the constant onslaught of news might be making it hard for you to unwind—especially if your home has suddenly become your workspace, too. One surefire way to recharge is to watch some good, old-fashioned mindless TV. Here are a few solid options to stream. Arrested DevelopmentAn oldie […]

Expect Irish-Inspired Ice Cream at Cone

Going out for an ice cream cone is one of summer’s simplest delights. But Cone, the gourmet ice cream parlor on West Madison, is a reminder that even a traditional ice cream parlor can offer a few surprises. This family-owned and -operated sweets shop opened in 2013 and has built a reputation as one of Chicago’s favorite […]

How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like a Summer Oasis

Summer is in full swing! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. Here are a few simple decorating ideas to help you welcome summer into your […]

How to Start a Summer Herb Garden Indoors

If you love to cook with fresh herbs, there’s a way to do it without running to the store all the time. Simply start your own garden. You don’t need any outdoor space to do it—a kitchen windowsill and a few containers will do the trick. Here’s how to get started. Find a sunny spot. First […]

Open for Business Near Essex on the Park: South Loop Market

Essex on the Park is close to pretty much everything you need in Chicago, including four transit stations (all within steps of the door) and South Loop Market! South Loop Market is easy to get to, either driving down South Michigan Avenue and East 11th Street or walking across East 9th Street; either route takes […]

Coffee Is Crafted From Locally Roasted Beans at The Grail Cafe

The Grail Cafe evokes the era before every coffee shop was equipped with Wi-Fi and power strips. As one patron puts it, people here are actually talking. That’s a big part of the charm at this newly debuted eatery in Printer’s Row. The stellar service, locally sourced food, and Chicago-roasted coffee beans also add to […]

Lou Malnati’s Is Offering Bake-at-Home Pizza Kits

With the possible exception of Vienna Beef hot dogs, malort, and Italian beef sandwiches, no food is more quintessentially Chicago as deep-dish pizza. And no deep-dish pizza is as beloved among as many Chicagoans as Lou Malnati’s. This restaurant’s South Loop location, which opened on State Street back in 2008, has been popular with tourists […]

Must-Haves for Your First Warm-Weather Run

With the weather getting warmer and warmer every day, you might be starting to take your workout routine outside on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you’re exercising outdoors. Lightweight, sweat-wicking layers. Since spring bridges the gap between winter and summer, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable in terms […]

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