Chicago is the first place I’ve lived for an extended period of time that really, truly has seasons. And anyone who’s lived through a Chicago winter knows just how important spring is. The first 40-degree day is Prozac for our vitamin D-dampened spirits. Windows are open, sidewalks are filled with people, neighbors re-acquaint with neighbors […]Read more "Springtime in Chicago"
Every year, the month of March rolls around and threatens to age me. I’m not a big birthday party person, but I do like to mark my birthday in some memorable way. And this year, that way involved trekking two and a half hours west, to a small town called Mount Carroll, Illinois, which is […]Read more "A Haunting Trip to Raven’s Grin Inn"
7 Weird and Wonderful Windy City FindsRead more "Guide to Chicago, Off the Beaten Path"
As much as I love the fact that winter has ended and spring is here (despite what Mother Nature keeps sputtering at us in Chicago), I am sad to say goodbye, for now, to my latest addiction: curling. Not of the curling iron sort (I said goodbye to that in the 90s). This is of […]Read more "Good Curling!"
I first visited Chocolat Uzma Sharif during our World’s Slowest Marathon, which I wrote about for Men’s Health. It was proper fuel, indeed. A few weeks ago, I discovered that my favorite Chicago chocolate shop, Chocolat Uzma Sharif, offers a Chocolate 101 workshop (I highlighted the class in a piece I wrote for Midwest Living, which you […]Read more "The Sweetest Class in Chicago: Chocolate 101 at Chocolat Uzma Sharif"
Here’s Neil’s lens to our DIY 26-mile walking marathon.Read more "Photo Essay: DIY Marathon, Chicago"
(Update! We made the news for our adventure! Read about it here on DNA Info.) The idea was born in San Francisco. We walked from Hotel Triton in Union Square, where we were staying, to the Mission District, in search of the best taco (La Taqueria, hands down), and then we just kept walking. Neil had upgraded […]Read more "DIY Marathon: Walking 26.2 Miles in Chicago"