The Bookshelf
What inspires the women who inspire us

What’s Chicago reading? We’ve tapped the city’s writers and thinkers to share their most beloved books—the well-worn tomes that have inspired, encouraged, and comforted them throughout the years.
Taste Talks: All-Star BBQ
Chicago’s top chefs fire up the fall grill

The Urbaness was delighted to visit Taste Talks on its inaugural stop in Chicago. This Mario Batali created event played host to dozens of food talks and feasts with some of Chicago's top chefs. We report back.
Sweet Story
The delicious scoop on Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

In town for Mario Batalli’s foodie fest, Taste Talks, Jeni Britton Bauer made time to talk to The Urbaness about viewing her desserts as edible perfume, her love of the Windy City, and how this Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream found its start.
Handmade
This local jewelry artist handcrafts pieces full of charm & whimsy

“It all started with a bead shop,” local jewelry artist Zurina Ketola says. She took time out for The Urbaness to share the story that took her by surprise, taking her from office life to the entrepreneurial track.
The Urbaness’ Fall Checklist
10 things you must do around Chicago this fall

With the humid days of summer behind us, we’re looking ahead to make the most of one of our city’s most beautiful, albeit shortest, seasons. Wondering how to make the most of the fall season in Chicago?
Happy Hour Havens
Seven spots for after work revelry

Ahhh, Happy Hour. The satisfaction of a completed workday, the taste of a crafted cocktail, and a bite of delicious food unite for a bit of unwinding and lots of fun.
Baby on Board
How to enjoy the Windy City with baby in tow

For anyone in the throes of early motherhood--or for those simply looking to shake up their day-to-day, The Urbaness brings you five ways to get back into the swing of things with baby in tow.
Seeking Adventure
A Fall exploration roundup

We’ve compiled 7 adventurous activities that will take you from some of the best little towns the Midwest has to offer to great sites around the city.
The Bookshelf
Book recommendations from Chicago writers we love

What’s Chicago reading? We’ve tapped the city’s writers and thinkers to share their most beloved books—the well-worn tomes that have inspired, encouraged, and comforted them throughout the years.
Bake and Destroy
Natalie Slater brings punk rock & wrestling to the kitchen

It’s an unlikely equation that brought Chicagoan Natalie Slater from the hazy days of maternity leave to Barnes & Noble bookshelves. That winning combination? Punk rock, pro wrestling, and a love of experimenting in the kitchen.
Sami Grisafe
From the football field to the stage

At 29 years old, California-bred Sami Grisafe is hanging up her football helmet in favor of her ukulele. Just as Grisafe was winding down her sports career, she made time to talk with The Urbaness about life on the gridiron and beyond.
Local Lures
From history to food and nature, 5 city tours with locals in mind

Ready to learn more about the Windy City? We’ve rounded up five indie tours that take you from the bike lane to the barstool and beyond—all for the love of Chicago (and boosting your trivia knowledge, to boot).
Cheer Up Guide
Need a ray of sunshine? Leave it to The Urbaness' Cheer Up Guide for Gloomy Weather to lift you out of a foul mood. Even a cursory scroll through our ever-growing collection (a mustachioed rabbit, anyone?) is sure to get you smiling. Battle the gloomy weather blues one rainbow of macaroons at a time.

Good Deed
Do some good: Share your time with non-profit, Girls in the Game, and help encourage strength, confidence, and good health in Chicago’s young women. Girls in the Game empowers youth through fitness, nutrition, health, and self-esteem programs—and they’re always looking for volunteers. Learn more.

The Opera Singer
We sit down for coffee with Chicagoan Daina Fischer to chat about life as a young aspiring opera singer in the city. From horned hats and metal bras to La Boheme and foreign lyrics, Daina whisks us out of our day-to-day for a moment on the stage. Learn about life as an opera singer in Chicago.

Seafood Seventh Heaven
We had the pleasure of attending Taste Talks Mother of Pearl. Mary O'Donnell shares a quick review of the event.

BFF Bikes
BFF Bikes is more than just another bike shop—it’s poised to become a hub of female cyclist activity, encouraging women of all levels to get more involved in the biking community.

Sami Grisafe
At 29 years old, California-bred Sami Grisafe is hanging up her football helmet in favor of her ukulele. Just as Grisafe was winding down her sports career, she made time to talk with The Urbaness about life on the gridiron and beyond.