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Books by the pound at Market Fresh Books on Taylor Street

I was meeting friends for dinner at Davonti Enoteca for a monthly girls dinner club, and arrived super early, so decided to see what other attractions can be found in Little Italy. I was thrilled to read about a bookstore where you could buy books by the pound! Market Fresh Books is a used bookstore … Continue reading

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Art & Arepas at Puesto Sandwich Stand in Lakeview

I’ve been meaning to check out Puesto Sandwich Stand for awhile, and finally stopped in to taste the restaurant’s arepas. The menu was full of delicious-sounding hot sandwiches, small plates and desserts. But I had to go with a pulled pork and guacamole arepa, an elote cup and a cafe con leche. Everything tasted divine! … Continue reading

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Welcome, Chloe Mila!

Just over a week ago, my niece Chloe Mila finally arrived! When I heard that she was on her way I felt suddenly anxious and nervous and excited to meet my first niece and to see my baby brother holding his daughter. I eagerly made my way to the hospital, and along with my brother, … Continue reading

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Lang Lang at the Lyric Opera

Shortly after Pharrell Williams brought out Lang Lang during his slightly weird performance of “Happy” on the Grammy’s last year, I heard Lang Lang was coming to Chicago. I kind of wanted to go, but never ended up getting tickets. Then a couple weeks ago, my mom brought it up saying she wanted to go … Continue reading

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Chloe Mila’s baby shower

It’s getting real….baby Chloe Mila Kubalski is coming soon! I’m about to be an Aunt and will most likely need to change my first diaper ever. But first, the parents-to-be had a baby shower last weekend. The big event was hosted by Lena’s friends and her mom at Zia’s, a yummy Italian spot in Edison … Continue reading

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Uptown Walking Tour

My neighborhood is launching a new series of events, Uptown Saturday Nights, and it’s proving to be a great way to explore the area! Yesterday, we checked out a free walking tour to learn a little bit more about Uptown’s history. I already know Uptown has a rich entertainment history, with the Green Mill, Aragon, … Continue reading

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Othello has one hell of an internal clock. Every afternoon, he knows exactly what time to head to the second bedroom (aka his room) and lounge on the floor where the sun streams in through the window at the perfect angle. This cat really knows how to sunbathe. And this was by far the best … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

Happy belated Easter! Well, it’s still Orthodox Easter this weekend, so I’m not that late. Sadly, this was the first year I didn’t paint eggs and we didn’t go to church to get our baskets blessed. So according to my brother, that means my Chreaster status has been revoked. Nevertheless, we had a nice family … Continue reading

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Foggy day at Montrose Harbor

My mom dragged me out of the house for a walk along the lake at Montrose Harbor, and we caught some great views of the Chicago skyline. A pair of men fishing made for the perfect shot.

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Happy Birthday Chopin

Just a few years ago, during my three-month trip to Europe, I got to experience a few different Chopin landmarks. I saw his grave at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, then re-visited the famous statue of him at Łazienki Park in Warsaw, then visited a brand new interactive museum dedicated to him (also in Warsaw). Some … Continue reading


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