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You Haven’t Abandoned Me Yet: A Guide to Sevilla, Spain

When Americans visit Spain, it seems as though their primary destination is always either Madrid or Barcelona. This isn’t overly surprising; Madrid and Barcelona are the country’s two most populous cities, and they both have...
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East London: A Center for Creation and Innovation

Once largely known for its rough-around-the-edges demeanor and its industrial sites, East London has transformed into a multicultural, creative haven. Now home to a wide range of neighborhoods featuring well-known pubs, art galleries, and...
Aerial view of Paris with Notre Dame gargoyle on left

How to Visit Paris on a Budget and Still Make Your Friends Jealous

From the glimmer of the Eiffel Tower to the taste of French wine and baguettes, Paris is a daydream-worthy destination. Though the city of lights might seem like a place of glamor and indulgence,...
Silhouette in the Observation Deck of the Hancock Center in Chicago, Illinois

A Tour of West Chicago with Tom Simmermaker

In the summer of 2014, Tom Simmermaker took the Amtrak to Chicago from his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. He and his friend Paul traveled to the city for 10 days of intensive study...

An Instagrammer’s Guide to Chicago

Who knew that the Windy City was also such a photogenic one? From the Majestic Mile to Chicago’s namesake theater, this midwestern city packs a whole lot of architectural intrigue and natural beauty within...

6 Chicago Neighborhoods You Should Visit

Visitors to Chicago may be a bit overwhelmed when they find out that there are over 200 neighborhoods in the Windy City (we certainly were!). While the city offers an abundance of enclaves that...

A Guide to Sports in Chicago

When it comes to sports, Chicago has a long, proud history. The city is home to franchises in the four major American sports (football, basketball, baseball, and hockey) — all of which have been...

A Guide to Chicago’s Live Music Scene

Music has long been part of Chicago’s colorful and diverse identity. For years, the city has been home to artists of all genres, particularly in the blues community, though it’s also the birthplace of...

Spreading Positivity Through Stickers: A Q&A with Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Chicago-based artist and designer whose public works have been exhibited internationally. He’s created large-scale installations for Facebook, Zappos, Groupon and Cards Against Humanity, as well as the City of Chicago....

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