A Minted Chicagoan’s Field Guide To The City

A recently imported Seattleite offers one final testament to America’s second city.

Do the small stuff. So much of what makes Chicago incredible is not in any pamphlet or guide book, and much of it is free. You simply need to look for it. Talk to the locals! Go vintage shopping on 18th Street in Pilsen or barhopping in Wrigleyville. Have lunch in Chinatown. Take the Shorelight Sights architecture tour along the Chicago River. Scale all nine floors of the Gotham-esque Harold Washington Library. Ride the L. Seen an improv comedy show at Second City. Spend a day biking the entire lakefront trail. Have a picnic in Oz Park. See the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center free of charge! Read More

I’m engaged!

For those of you who follow me on social media, this is not news, but for those of you who don’t and have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, here is my sad excuse. Joking—it’s a very happy excuse. For the past five months, I have been planning my wedding to Zach Laidley. This fiery, red-haired almost doctor and I have been together for nearly nine years now, and I’ve decided that I think I’ll keep him around forever. Read More