The Charmed Life
Our tips for living well this weekend

Each week, The Urbaness brings you five fun, intriguing, and oft delicious ways to enjoy Chicago-living throughout your weekend.
Take a Hike
5 Chicagoland hiking trails to satisfy anature fix

When the lakefront path and city conservatories aren’t enough to quench your thirst for the great outdoors, lace up your hiking boots and make your way to one of these nature trails
Small Wonders
Seven restaurants offering shareable, delectable plates

Chicago benefits from so many terrific restaurants with interesting and innovative menus, it often proves difficult to choose just a few items. Enter small plates. This trend, though not new, continues to boost communal eating as these items are all sharable.
Last Call
Five things to do before Summer's end

Looking ahead to fall? Don’t let summer pass before crossing these quintessential summer outings off your to-do list
BFF Bikes
A women-focused shop inspires more girls in the bike lane

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.
This local jewelry artist handcrafts pieces full of charm & whimsy

“It all started with a bead shop,” local jewelry artist Zurina Ketola told me as we chatted over coffee at Lakeview’s Asado Coffee Co. With a fresh brew in-hand, Zurina shared with us the story that took her by surprise,taking her from office life to the entrepreneurial track.
Lulu Blossom
Green beauty has never looked so glamorous

Beauty and brains? Chicago’s own Lulu Blossom proves to us that you can certainly have ‘em both in spades.
Pint Perfect
Eight local breweries bound to quench your thirst

With the popularity of craft beer on the rise, it cannot be much of a surprise that more and more breweries and brewpubs are calling Chicago home. We sipped our way through the lot of them to deliver eight local breweries bound to quench your thirst.

For Jourdan Fairchild, the Chicago editor of the now defunct Daily Candy, finding her footing after a job loss required a passport.
Summer School
7 Chicago classes to keep creative all Summer long

Want to make the most of this deliciously slow time of year? We suggest picking up a class that will allow you to chase your natural curiosities and indulge in your creative whims.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
This supper club cooks for a good cause

Take a Peek Inside Seven Species, the Charitable Supper Club That's Helping Women and Trans* People of Chicago One Meal at a Time
On Motherhood

As part of our brand new motherhood series, we’re giving voice to the city’s wise women—writers, artists, and thinkers—waxing poetic on the topic of mothers and nurturing. Today, we introduce you to writer and mother, Clare Juen.
Camping 101
When the weather’s right, nothing says “perfect summer evening” like stepping out of a tent to join pals around a campfire. It’s not every day we have a chance to take in the stars in the night sky, light our path with the single beam of a flashlight, or roast our food over an open fire. With myriad campsites within easy driving distance of the city, summertime in Chicago seems made for weekend getaways. Find our favorite campsites, all just a hop, skip, and a short drive from Chicago.

Fig Lunches
Put down the peanut butter sandwich! We called in FIG Catering to design a five-day lunchtime plan with a focus on simple, seasonal, and repeat ingredients. So make like a gourmet and pick up our week-long lunch plan to start spicing up your mid-day routine.

Artistic License
A Chicago jewelry designer applies an artistic eye to her personal style. Caitlin Peters gives us a peek inside her closet, at the clothes that do double duty to creatively express—and inspire. Read more about Caitlin's style.

The Urbaness’ Summer Challenge
Put the brakes on this fleeting season and join us in relishing the good life this summer. The Urbaness presents our first summer challenge, designed to guide you in slowing down and soaking up every ounce of delicious warmth a Chicago summer brings. We have 12 must-do items that promise to make any city summer complete. Get the list here and join in on the fun.

WBEZ’S Natalie Moore
We sit down with journalist Natalie Moore to talk about her role with National Public Radio’s WBEZ, Chicago’s bad rap, and the importance of venturing outside your neighborhood.

Wine & Wise Words
“Drink to learn. If that was what school was all about, we probably would’ve been straight ‘A’ students, right?” The Urbaness sidles up to the bar to talk wine and women in business with Vera Wine Bar's Liz Mendez.