Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Ideas Week  launches next Monday, Oct. 8 and the week-long event is meant to facilitate the sharing of ideas, inspire action, and ignite change to positively impact our world. What I love is the mix of people who participate and their “innate passion.” With more than 80 events, you’re sure to find a talk, lab … Continue reading

Decorating cakes

On another random Groupon adventure, I joined Mindy & Andrea on a night of BYOB fondant decorating class. (As long as there’s wine involved, I’ll sign up for any Groupon). The class took place at a cute little spot on Belmont called, Give Me Some Sugar. I must say, I was quite the fondant natural. … Continue reading

Kendrick Lamar at Congress Theater

Last night I went to see Kendrick Lamar at the Congress Theater, and even though I’m not a huge fan of that venue, he put on a great show. Chicago’s own Twista and Lupe Fiasco even came out to see him! Both came out on stage to show support, and Lupe announced that Kendrick was … Continue reading

Behind the scenes access to 150 Chicago buildings during Open House Chicago

I’d actually never heard about this event before, but in a couple weeks, Open House Chicago will be taking place. This two-day event, taking place Oct. 13-14, offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across Chicago, and is free & open to the public. That means you get to go into some of the city’s coolest … Continue reading

Junot Diaz talks immigration, interiority & intimacy live in Chicago

I had the chance to see Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz speak live last night and it was a great experience to meet another author I really admire. Although most of the topics Diaz discussed were pretty heavy, he was also humorous and overall I found him to be really intelligent and thoughtful. Plus, the … Continue reading

Rockit.LIVE: How Artists Make Money In The New Music Business

Jaime Black & Dynasty Podcasts are hosting another Rockit.LIVE session next week. This time, the panel (which will be broadcast live & later released as a podcast) will discuss how artists can make money in the current music industry. The event is free and anyone 18+ can attend. When: Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 pm … Continue reading

Junot Diaz live in Chicago

I first heard of Junot Diaz when I read his collection of stories, Drowning, in college during a Latino Studies course. Years later, I picked up The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, and LOVED it. It is one of my favorite novels. Apparently, Diaz has another collection of short stories out, titled This is … Continue reading

Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”

When it comes to pop music, I just can’t help myself. I really like this Taylor Swift song. Not sure what’s going on with the video…

St. Joseph, Michigan

My boyfriend’s mom lives on a small lake in the St. Joseph area in Michigan, so I spent Labor Day weekend out there. I love Michigan. When I was little, we spent many summers in Union Pier, just north of New Buffalo (check out Oink’s there if you’re ever in the area). Even though it’s … Continue reading