A First-Hand Experience with Lights Festival and Chicago

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It’s not every day you get to walk down the middle of the street on Michigan Avenue. Even less likely is that you get to do it twice in one day. But that’s exactly where I found myself last Saturday during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A few months ago I was hired at Best […]


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Open Books and Glee at This Year’s Revelry

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What’s The Deal? Imagine a night of wonderful food, conversation, cocktails and sophistication, and games and prizes. Now add to that a great nonprofit that’s benefiting from all the fun you’re having! That’s exactly what you’ll find at Revelry, Open Books’ largest annual fundraiser. Open Books, of course, is a nonprofit in our own neighborhood […]


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Where’s Wallace – Macy’s Magical Store

Wallace at Macy's Chicago

As a kid, I remember going to Marshall Fields on State Street in Chicago and how exciting and enchanting the store was during the holidays.  With this week’s trip to now-Macy’s on State Street, the store is honestly more magical than ever. Greeting you are reds and greens, golds and silvers, and bells and ribbons […]


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5 Ethnic Cuisine Restaurants To Make Your Mouth Water

If you’re visiting Chicago, the food is as much of a vacation experience as site-seeing. Sometimes you want Chicago-style deep dish or a dog, and sometimes you prefer your American classics. But we’ve covered both in earlier posts (“5 Great Family Restaurants in Chicago” and “Affordable Dining Chicago-Style“). For those visitors who are looking for […]


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