40+ Fun Things To Do in Chicago in the Spring

Melting snow, lingering sunlight, and outdoor dining expansion are clear cues that spring in Chicago has arrived. After fridge temperatures and extensive nights of binge streaming shows, spring is the break we all need from the long and hibernation-heavy months of winter. In the spring, Chicago awakens from its arctic slumber and welcomes in an […]

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These Chicago Restaurants And Bars Offer All-Season Patio Dining

From retractable rooftops to fully enclosed street-level patios, no matter the weather, these Chicago restaurants, and bars offer outdoor dining options that extend patio season patio-seekers year-round. Check out this guide to all-season patios in Chicago and book a reservation for your next outdoor dining destination today. Before dining indoors or outdoors, be sure to […]

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How To Spend One Week In Miami

If you are looking for a winter escape, there is no better place than Miami. Miami is a beautiful city with great weather, clear water beaches, and of course, lots of places to party. Miami is a city that has plenty of things to which makes it the perfect place for your next vacation, celebration, […]

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Why You Should Celebrate Black History Month All Year Long

The old ways of celebrating Black History Month are a memory of a not so distant past. 2020 was an essential year in recognizing injustices, uplifting black people, and understanding the power of white privilege. Because of this, non-Black people understand that Black lives are not insignificant or unimportant. And this year, we hope that […]

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7 Simple New Year’s Resolutions to Start Today

At first, you decided against making new year’s resolutions. They aren’t your thing, and you always end up breaking them by the end of the month anyway. But now you’ve decided that you actually want to start the new year with a fresh start. You want to see significant changes in your life but feel […]

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The Only Colorful Coat You’ll Need to Get You Through the Winter

I am a sucker for a great coat. And I don’t mean just any old coat. But a bright, bold, fuzzy, long, or short. I’ll wear a coat in yellow, orange, pink, neon, anything—but black. My love for colorful coats is warranted. After all, I live in Chicago, and it is hard enough living here […]

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101 Of The Best Things To Do In Chicago Year Around

Chicago has an endless amount of things to see, do, and experience throughout the year. Yes, our summers are dreamy, and our winters are a bit harsh, but we are a city that has something to satisfy every visitor and local alike, no matter the season. We’ve rounded up the best of what Chicago in […]

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12 Holiday Events and Activities to Enjoy in Chicago

This holiday season will prove to be anything but traditional. Since the beginning of the year, most of the city’s biggest events were canceled due to the pandemic, and while this holiday season in Chicago may not feel as merry or bright, there are still plenty of festive activities and things to do around Chicago and the […]

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How To Plan A 3 Day Girls Trip To Muskegon, Michigan

On Labor Day weekend, 2020, five girls and I made our way to Muskegon from Chicago for a three day weekend. During our trip, we experienced summer activities and some incredible bonding moments that made this very unprecedented year, a little more ordinary. If you are looking for a quick getaway with your friends and […]

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3 Effortless Work from Home Outfits and How to Wear Them this Week

For most of us, working from home is now considered the “new normal.” Sweatpants and T-shirts have now replaced our slacks and buttons ups. Comfort is key when you work from home. Three Effortless Work From Home Outfits While wearing hoodies and joggers during your a.m. meeting may be the new wave, there are still plenty of […]

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41 Free and Thrifty Must-Try Activities to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

Some experts believe that fall will arrive earlier than usual this year, but for those who love this Autumn season, this adjustment shouldn’t be too much to handle. Fall is an excellent time to check off a few things to do from your bucket list. These activities are thrifty, fun, and so much better to enjoy when […]

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Virtual Events and Things to Do in Chicago This Week

While it may not be the same as unearthing a new speakeasy bar or attending a major festival in-person, virtual events are quickly taking stage as new, hip, social gathering places.  Each week, I’ll be sharing online events that are both fun and entertaining. These events will focus on local artists, makers, creators, chefs, community […]

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Cool Cities and Small Towns To Visit in the Midwest

Travel, as we know, is changing due to the ongoing pandemic and spread of COVID-19. Travel plans and vacations have drastically altered and have many of us reconsidering our next destinations. The E.U. and even some states are implementing more robust policies when it comes to leisure travel. With these changes taking place rapidly, it […]

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List of Chicago Summer Festivals Canceled, Postponed, Moved Online—Due to Covid-19

Some of the biggest and most iconic Chicago summer festivals and events have been canceled this summer due to Covid-19 and the ongoing global pandemic. This means summer festivals such as Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, and some of my favorites like the Silver Room Block Party are postponed until 2021. “We understand the need to […]

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Sista Afya is Leading the Dialogue of Mental Wellness for Black Women in Chicago

Editors note: This blog post and interview was conducted back in 2017. Due to the pressing issues at hand, this interview has been updated and revised as a resource for African-American’s seeking mental health and wellness during these times of uncertainty. According to a 2014 study in Newsweek, 1 in 5 American’s suffer from mental […]

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Mother’s Day Guide Chicago: What to Eat, Shop, and Do

Mother’s Day 2020 in Chicago will be the most original and untraditional celebration that your mother-figure will ever experience in her lifetime. While the celebration may be different, it can still be very special. Show mom how much you care—even if you are not able to be together in person. Experience a virtual tour of […]

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Accelerating the Rise of the Alex Carter Brand

A Behind the Seams interview with fashion designer Chelsey Carter and how she is accelerating her continuously rising outerwear brand. […]

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Escape to These 15 Secret Parks and Gardens in Chicago

In times of uncertainty, sometimes you need a peaceful place to escape amid the chaos. Nothing is more soothing than spending time outdoors observing and being one with nature. This guide features secret parks, gardens, and natural habitats that are easily accessible to every resident in Chicago. No matter where you reside in the city, […]

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8 Unique At-Home Date Night Ideas You’ll Actually Want to Try

For one reason or another, you and your significant other are stuck at home on a Friday or Saturday night. Whether you are looking to save money or just don’t feel like going out, it can quickly become second nature to just Netflix and chill at home. While binge-watching with your babe or boo is […]

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How to Have Fun and Keep Busy While Staying Indoors

It’s easy to browse endless streaming services and scroll through social media during the coronavirus that has forced us all to stay indoors. While these options are good, there are even more things to do while staying at home. Find happiness in other fun things that will keep you busy as you spend your time […]

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How to Celebrate Women’s History Month in Chicago

Laugh, network, build, pamper, encourage, create and more as you celebrate Women’s History Month in Chicago with these 15 local events. […]

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Haute Happy Hour: Best Food and Drink Deals in March

Stretch your dollars a little further with these budget friendly food and drink specials in Chicago. Happy hour features this month includes $5 cocktails, speciality bites, daily deals, and more than enough food and drink specials to enjoy all month long. The key phrase in happy hour is ‘happy.’ So, keep in mind that menus […]

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8 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Celebrate the holiday with these unique Valentines day events in Chicago. […]

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Events, Activities, and Things to Do

NBA All-Star weekend officially takes over the city of Chicago this weekend. After three decades, the 69th edition of the All-Star game makes its way back to Chicago for a weekend full of incredible events, games, and activities for fans of all ages. Check out this quick guide to NBA All-Star weekend and all of […]

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