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).
The Bookshelf
A women-focused shop inspires more girls in the bike lane

Chicago writer Emily Belden invites us in to browse her bookshelves.
Pay it Forward
5 Chicago non-profits worthy of your free time

we rounded some of Chicago’s worthiest non-profits who all just happen to be on the hunt for volunteers. Fit for any type of woman, these Chicago charities promise to leverage your support to make a difference.
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.
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.

The Autumn Picnic
Plenty of city dwellers take to the parks for summer picnics. But now the autumn lovers are packing their baskets to soak up the last days of this most brilliant season. The Urbaness rounded up a handful of readers to spend an afternoon in Chicago's Millennium Park, showing you how the perfect fall picnic is done.

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.

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.