A Hidden Gem at Navy Pier

religious windows

The Field Museum. The Art Institute. The Museum of Science and Industry. These are just a few of the museums that most visitors have on their to-do lists when they visit Chicago. But the Windy […]

Marathon Training During a Bad Chicago Winter

Chicago snow

I ran my first marathon in 2008. It was more than 80 degrees and I felt like I might die. I struggled just to make it to the finish line. Nonetheless, I was hooked and […]

Win 2 Free Passes to the Skydeck at the Willis Tower!

Skydeck Ledge

Imagine standing on thin air, more than 1,300 feet above the ground. Now imagine you’re not standing on thin air, but on three layers of half-inch thick pieces of glass jutting out from the 103rd […]

Eventbrite: For Locals and Tourists Alike

Back in February, I wrote about an opportunity that sort of fell in my lap – the chance to work with Eventbrite as one of three bloggers embarking on a “blogger tour” of Chicago. The […]

And Then I Took a Cooking Class

Amanda Skrip cooking class

I have never been much of a cook. I have a few specialties that I learned how to make over the years, like meatloaf and blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies.  I have perfected bacon-wrapped […]

The One Where I Admit I Know Nothing About Rock Music

Neo Nightclub, Chicago

The idea of exploring Chicago’s rock history from the 1980s and 1990s by taking a Chicago rock tour intrigued me. Just as I knew little of Chicago’s role in the evolution of jazz, I probably […]

From Bronzeville to Uptown: How Jazz Was Raised in Chicago

Nat King Cole. Louis Armstrong. Benny Goodman. All are legendary names in jazz, but did you know all also had strong ties to Chicago? I was clueless about Chicago’s jazz history until I spent an […]