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reviewed Chicago 10. February 16, 2009
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Chicago 10
In March of 1968 a secret meeting of anti-war groups took place in northern Illinois to discuss what types of protests should be organized for the Democratic National Convention to be held in Chicago …
reviewed Chicago (city). December 15, 2008
Only a city a mother could love. Or maybe that's Detroit. Anyway...Chicago can be a mean beast. An ice-storm followed by a Governor selling a Senate seat bookended by a murder and a parking boot on your …
reviewed Lollapalooza 2010. August 11, 2010
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Lollapalooza 2010
   Imagine a three day outdoor concert/dance party with 250,000 of your closest friends in the middle of downtown Chicago. Sound awesome? Welcome to Lollapalooza! I was lucky enough to participate …
reviewed W Chicago - Lakeshore. August 18, 2010
W Chicago - Lakeshore
   I was recently at a friends wedding in Chicago and the reception was held at the W Lakeshore. Those who have been here before know that this is a swanky, Asian design influenced hotel with …
reviewed Tango Sur. February 08, 2011
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Tango Sur
In two weeks I’m heading to Chicago for a couples shower being thrown in my honor. Beyond the excitement of seeing my good friends, I’m also looking forward to showing my fiancé the …
reviewed Chicago White Sox. June 03, 2011
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox can't win even for winning. They're not exactly what you would call a charmed team. The images the White Sox provoke in the minds of baseball fans really aren't fair, because the …
reviewed Chicago Bears. January 07, 2012
Chicago Bears Football
Such is the history and importance of the Chicago Bears that I have had to mention them in almost every review I've written of the NFL so far. One of the charter members of the NFL, and the second-oldest …
reviewed Chicago Bulls. June 03, 2012
Derrick Rose
There are very few teams anywhere whose history can be so evenly split down the middle. I can name the Chicago Bulls and their citymate baseball team, the Cubs, but that's just off the top of my head. …
reviewed Chicago Cubs. November 01, 2012
Chicago Cubs
The eternal story of professional sports has one particular constant: The winners will always be perpetual winners, no matter how bad they get, and the losers will always be perpetual losers, no matter …
reviewed Chicago Blackhawks. February 13, 2013
Chicago Blackhawks
Looking at a list of NHL teams, one can't help but wonder: Where are all the teams in the pacific northwest? It seems like a perfectly natural area for hockey to thrive, after all, being so close to Canada. …
reviewed Magnificent Mile. July 26, 2014
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Magnificent Mile
It doesn't say a whole lot of good when a place tries to use shopping to advertise itself. It's perfectly understandable if, say, you don't have access to the variety or items you need and …
reviewed Chicago XXX. June 11, 2009
Album cover
Title: Chicago XXX  Artist: Chicago  Producer: Jay DeMarcus  Label: Rhino Records  Parental Advisory: No  If You Can Only Buy One Song Make It: Feel   &nbs …
reviewed Hema's Kitchen. August 10, 2009
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Hema's Kitchen
Every once in awhile I have to take my taste buds on a vacation. Being pressed for time and short on food inspiration, it seems easy to fall into a predictable routine of uninspired meals.    …
reviewed Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. October 27, 2009
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
   Italian cuisine comes in a variety of ways, but in Chicago, the best kind comes out of a circular deep dish pizza pan. My deep dish partiality grew out of years of savoring the taste-bud …
reviewed Jerry's. May 31, 2010
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Picky eaters drive me a bit crazy. By picky I mean won’t eat red meat or chicken, hate condiments, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms and don’t drink beer. It’s especially challenging when …
reviewed Letizia's Natural Bakery. May 31, 2010
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Letizia's Natural Bakery
After a long winter in Chicago all I really want to do is be outside. But of course I have to make some concessions that take me away from the summer sunshine (i.e. I have to work, eat, sleep, meet up …
reviewed People Lounge. May 31, 2010
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People Lounge
Chicago is filled with cool restaurants and sizzling scenes. One of those hot-spots (and a favorite) is People Lounge. People Lounge combines an internationally influenced ambiance with tasty Spanish …
reviewed Le Dress. June 16, 2010
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Le Dress
It’s summer, aka the season of bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings galore.  Amidst ringing bells, floral processionals, champagne toasts to questionable best-man speeches, …
reviewed Chicago Blues Festival. June 18, 2010
Chicago Blues Festival
     I didn't want to go to BluesFest but my buddy Tom wanted to go and I needed to get out of the house. So we jumped on the "el" and in about twenty minutes we were …
reviewed The Painted Lady. July 06, 2010
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The Painted Lady
After years of sampling Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, and William Sonoma, I've grown tired of the same standard couches and coffee tables available for home furnishing. Not to mention their muy …
reviewed Grow. August 20, 2010
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Some of my friends have started having babies, which I'll admit, wast a total mystery me at first. Granted, they're a couple years older than I, but nevertheless,  the “how …
reviewed Crosell and Co.. August 30, 2010
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Crosell and Co.
A shop that specializes in home and life design,  Crosell and Co. is one of the cutest stores in Bucktown. I adore this shop for dinnerware, fine china and general home decorating.   …
reviewed Athena Greek Restaurant. August 30, 2010
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Athena Greek Restaurant
  A couple of years ago I lived with a roomate who was Greek. Every couple of weeks she made the most scrumptious spanakopita. It was so delicious, that I would beg and plead for her …
reviewed Phil Jackson. September 13, 2010
   I know the headline might sound absurd but I don't believe that more championships = better coach or player. I would have to give to give that title to the late Red Auerbach because not …
reviewed Red and White. September 21, 2010
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Red and Wine
The first leaves of Fall are starting to drift to the ground and I’ll admit that I’m secretly giddy.  This summer was full of dinners out, concerts, travel and socializing, but Fall …
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