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Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

West Town is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, though I may be a bit biased because I’ve lived here for two years now.  Located directly west of the Gold Coast, straight down Chicago Avenue, West Town is a perfect mix of friendly neighborhood and big city cool.  It has a ton of fun and unique shops, bars, and restaurants, plus plenty of beautiful homes and parks to stroll through.  Just recently, we’ve decided to depart this lovely neighborhood,…

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Top Five Friday #17

Top Five Friday #17

Favorite Chicago Restaurants As much as I love to cook, I love letting someone else cook for me even more.  There are obviously a ton of fantastic restaurants in Chicago, and I haven’t even gotten close to trying them all.  However, I do have my favorites.  These restaurants are our go-tos, the ones we frequent when we can’t decide on anywhere else or we want to go somewhere we know the food will always be excellent.  Because Mike and I…

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Four Seasons Spa Chicago

Four Seasons Spa Chicago

Last year, my dear friend Amber and I started a tradition of enjoying a spa day in the bleak winter months.  This year, it took a little extra planning but we finally made it happen.  We found a great Groupon for a massage and exfoliation at the Four Seasons Spa in Chicago that we couldn’t pass up, so that’s where we ended up this past Thursday evening. We met after work and ran into some bad rush hour traffic, which…

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Girls’ Weekend at The Chicago Athletic Association

Girls’ Weekend at The Chicago Athletic Association

This past weekend, a group of friends and I enjoyed a marvelous staycation at the historic Chicago Athletic Association.  We, Jennifer, Jessica, Adrienne and I, were there to celebrate our beautiful friend, Sarah’s birthday with her.  I have to say, it was by far one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had in a long time.  I checked in first, as the room was under my name, and as soon I walked in I was lost. The building is full…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

This past weekend, Mike and I hitched a ride over to Chinatown to get a little color in this dreary Chicago January. We took an Uber there, but it is also easily accessible by the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown stop. Both of us hadn’t visited this area since college, so it’s been quite a few years. Though the sky was cloudy, it wasn’t too cold out and there were plenty of other people milling about, so we were in good company….

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A Weekend in Galena – Part 2

A Weekend in Galena – Part 2

Our first full day in Galena was jam-packed with activities, all leading up to the Night of the Luminaria.  We met Rose, of Visit Galena, and the last additions to our group, Max and Natalie, that morning at the Lamberson Guest House before Rose drove us all to Victory Cafe for breakfast.  It was a perfectly cozy, small-town diner kind of place, with things like plate-sized pancakes and biscuits and gravy (my favorite) on the menu. We all sat at…

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A Weekend in Galena – Part 1

A Weekend in Galena – Part 1

The drive to Galena is relatively short, three hours, and pretty typical up until about the last half hour or so.  That’s when the road (route 20) starts curving up and down the hills that make this part of Illinois unique.  We had been this exact same way before, on our way to Dubuque, which is just across the Mississippi from Galena, so we knew what to expect.  Even so, the view still amazed us. Our accommodation for the weekend…

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Boats & Blogs

Boats & Blogs

This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to take part in a Lake Michigan Cruise with Mystic Blue Cruises.  This event, which was put on by The Windy City Blogger Collective, was attended by some amazing Chicago Bloggers.  I was so happy to take part in it for a multitude of reasons, but the top two reasons were: 1.) I was able to chit chat and network with some bloggers I admire, and 2.) this was one of the items…

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Chicago Bucket List

Chicago Bucket List

I have lived in Chicago for eight years now and have experienced a good chunk of the city.  However, one of the best things about this city is that there is always something new to find.  Whether it’s a neighborhood I’ve never visited, an undiscovered gem of a restaurant, a park, a shop, or a bar, there are always new things to enjoy.  There are also a good number of popular attractions in Chicago that I’ve known about for years…

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KOA Campground in Utica, IL

KOA Campground in Utica, IL

After a beautiful hike at Matthiessen State Park, our day outdoors continued on as we made our way to the LaSalle/Peru KOA Campground.    It was about a ten minute drive from the park, past the highway and down a long road lined with cornfields.  The front of the campground was filled with campers and RVs.  We checked in at the general store/information desk, where we also purchased s’mores ingredients and one of those handy extendable forks with which to make them. …

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