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

Call Me Coco

Though spring technically starts March 20, most Chicagoans don’t expect it to feel like spring until late April or early May. Winters are long and cold, but we greet the piercing wind and freezing temperatures with faux fur and open arms. Currently we’re in that awkward stretch of 45-60 degree days that demand both jackets and short sleeves at various times. So, I put together a Coco Chanel inspired ensemble with layer upon layer of fabulousness that is perfect for those warmer afternoons and equally appropriate for cooler evenings. Read More

Back In Black

Black is chic. Black will always be chic.

I would argue that it’s the only color one can wear head to toe and completely alone. Humor me for a minute, and imagine this ensemble in yellow.

Do you see my point? We can’t all be Cher Horowitz.

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