Buildings in the Chicago Loop. In the foreground, Cloud Gate.

An Architecture Tour of the Chicago Loop

One of the most vibrant downtown areas in the world, the Chicago Loop is a must-visit on any trip to the Windy City. And, from Beaux-Arts beauties to modern-design miracles, the buildings in the...

A Love Letter to Pilsen, Chicago

The storefronts of 18th Street in Pilsen range from vibrant to totally vacant — some record store windows are adorned with the latest hit albums, Chicago political slogans, calls for power to the people,...

12 of the Best Breweries in Chicago & Chicagoland

In the heart of the American Midwest, Chicago is in many ways the epicenter of craft beer culture in this country. It’s home to several brewing schools that send master brewers all across the...

From Our Neighborhood Walks: A Passion Passport Photo Project

For many, the pandemic has called us home. It has forced us to nestle into the confines of our neighborhoods, whether they’re full of apartment complexes, high rises, or the long roads of small...
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A Travel Playlist: Chicago

Perhaps more so than most other major metropolises, Chicago is a city that needs to be experienced with your ears. The roar of the crowds at Wrigley, the squeal of the “L” train passing...

Around the World in Chicago: A Globally-Inspired Itinerary

It’s official — Chicago has been named the best big city to visit in America for the fourth year running (according to Conde Nast). Since moving to Chicago, I’ve heard the phrase “world-class city”...

A Tour of Chicago’s North Side 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...

Visiting a World Class Museum in a Pandemic

I’ve wanted to go to the Art Institute of Chicago for some time. Just yesterday, I finally got the chance — during a pandemic, of course. There’s always something surreal about a world class...
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Why Food Justice is Important to Understand During Black Business Month

What is Food Justice?  Though it’s a large movement, food justice generally refers to holistic efforts towards increasing the access to healthy food in communities that have historically faced barriers to finding fresh and affordable...

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