Last night, my dear friend Sarah and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago’s After Dark event, featuring “Andy Warhol”. Beforehand, we had a delicious dinner at Acanto, a small, welcoming Italian restaurant on Michigan Avenue near the museum. We enjoyed some scallops as an appetizer and I ordered lobster spaghetti for my entrée. Our …

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One of the reasons I love the holiday season is because I love shopping and giving gifts to my friends and family. Compiling a gift guide is also one of my favorite kinds of blog posts to create. This year, I decided to make my holiday gift guide one with an altruistic focus. I’ve picked …

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This year I began keeping a journal. I don’t write every single day, but when I feel compelled to because of intense emotion, boredom, introspection, or a particularly interesting day locally or in the world. The frequency ebbs and flows as often coinciding with the action in my life. The benefits are multi-faceted. For me, …

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It’s been a while! You may or may not have noticed, but I recently enjoyed a much needed vacation out of town. Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I traveled with friends to Savannah, Georgia and experienced one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. Upon our exit from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, I …

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WARNING: SPOILER ALERT Yesterday I had the privilege of going to see a popular musical, newer to Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, at the James M. Nederlander Theatre (formerly The Oriental). I always feel lucky whenever I get the chance to experience theatre of any kind. Based on the book by Steven Levenson, with music and …

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On Sunday afternoon, I attended a very fun kind of brunch where your stomach hurts from laughter, large quantities of rich food and mimosas. We celebrated my dear friend Sarah at a newer restaurant on North Avenue, quite close to Wells Street. Two Lights Seafood & Oyster has been around only seven months and apparently, …

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Hello, it’s been a week or so since my last post. Haven’t been particularly inspired by anything; sometimes you just need to live to be inspired. Friday night became quite the extravaganza I didn’t expect and normally wouldn’t like as I was more or less a sleeping-and-eating machine the next day and my plans to …

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On Thursday night, at the tail end of the Polar Vortex in Chiberia, I attended the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the second time with my friend Sarah! We saw La bohème, an opera by Giacomo Puccini, directed by Richard Jones, and conducted by Stegano Sarzani. Though I absolutely loved seeing Il trovatore a few …

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