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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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Beer City Redux

Beer City Redux

We started the trips off on a Thursday morning, dropping Brody off in Joliet at Mike’s parents’ and the ride took three hours from there.  We arrived just in time for lunch, so we stopped at HopCat to get a bite to eat and our first Beer City brew of the trip. We just got a sandwich and a salad there but the food was good, and it gave us a chance to plan our time there.  We wanted to check…

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Grand Rapids Revisited

Grand Rapids Revisited

It’s not often that I get the chance to revisit a destination, but there’s certain places I’ve been that I wouldn’t pass up seeing again.  Grand Rapids, MI is one of these places.  I know, it’s strange that out of all of the places I’ve been, Grand Rapids always sticks in my mind as one of my favorites. Maybe it’s how much fun we had last time, or maybe I just like the pace of things there, whatever the case…

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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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My 10 Favorite U.S. Hikes

My 10 Favorite U.S. Hikes

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the State and National Parks and all that they offer, so I think it’s high time I share a round-up of my favorite U.S. hikes within these parks.  As you may or may not know, the National Park Service is offering ten free admission days this year to celebrate its centennial. I’ve written about this momentous occasion before, but was reminded of it by Cotopaxi, the socially-conscious, Gear for Good creators that specialize…

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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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Top Five Friday #16

Top Five Friday #16

US Bucket List This year, I would love to explore new areas of the United States.  There are so many fantastic destinations in my own country, it makes for quite a long list of need-to-visit places.  I know I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth noting again: every destination has it’s merits, and you don’t need to travel far to find a worth-while vacation.  This also speaks to my need to be on a tighter travel budget this…

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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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