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Friendsgiving
Set the table with Art of Imagination

Yes, you can throw a fancy Thanksgiving fête without painstaking prep. While you tend to the turkey, we’ll dress your dining room to the nines with the help of Chicago’s Art of Imagination.
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.
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
Camping 101
Pack your bags for a nature escape

When the weather’s right, nothing says “perfect summer evening” like stepping out of a tent to join pals around a campfire.
Park It
Adventuring through the city's greenest treasures

Little known fact: Chicago is home to more than 580 parks, amounting to 8,100 acres of lush, green space. Our fair city has the oldest and largest park district in the nation, but its green spaces are so much more than, well, green space.
Ladies We Love: Allie Marie

Allie Marie, manager of Tattoo Candy, talks art, rebellion, and the integrity of tattoos.
A Cup of HotChocolate
with Mindy Segal

Over a cup of heavenly hot chocolate, Chicago's James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal talks careers, restaurant life, and what's next for her Bucktown restaurant.
GirlForward
To the city’s refugees, one girl makes all the difference

We sit down with GirlForward's founder Blair Brettschneider to learn how one Chicago woman is bringing opportunity, education, and friendship to the city's young female refugees.
The Kinfolk Home
We visit the magazine designer in her Hyde Park home

When Amanda Jane Jones sweeps open the door to her Hyde Park apartment, stepping inside is like slipping into the pages of Kinfolk Magazine: Warm, simple, and thoughtful with a nod to white space in all its quiet glory.
Adventure Awaits
Pack your bags and hit the open road

For anyone who is looking for a quick adventure, we have just the Midwest locales to find one. Read on for five small escapes—all within an easy drive or train ride of Chicago.
Knitting at Lovely Bakeshop
An Urbaness event recap

One event down, another to go: We’re teaming up with Chicago crafters to bring you small, fun, and affordable classes held in some of the sweetest spots in the city. Read about our past knitting class—and the course that’s just around the corner.
Irresistibly Cozy Cold Weather Cocktails

With old man winter settling in for the long haul, we turn to Chicago’s bartenders for four irresistibly cozy cocktails to warm us from the inside out.
D’Noche
Sophisticated Latin fare

When you’re in the mood for something spicy, head out to Logan Square for Latin American fare. We take you inside one of our favorite date night spots—and share the recipe to one of the restaurant’s most-ordered dishes!
Partying with Purpose

Over a bottle of wine, Kristen Kaza, the brains behind Chicago's No Small Plans Productions, shares her insights on intentional work, positive spaces, and the importance of visibility.
A Mid-Winter’s Escape
Six ways to soak up the spirit of summer during the Chicago winter

Add one of these activities to your to-do list and we guarantee the warmth and renewal it brings will tide you over until the first tulip blooms.
Cupcakes & Comedy
We sit down with Chicago commedian Kelsie Huff

Co-Producer and founder of The Kate’s Comedy and teacher of The Feminine Comique, Kelsie Huff is a pee-your-pants hilarious stand-up and a poignant storyteller who is elevating Chicago’s comedic legacy. With cupcakes. And laughing.
The Science of Scents

Body Chemistri owner Heidi Sauhammel shares the health benefits of fragrance, how to create your own signature scent, and what you never knew about patchouli.
The Last Minute Shopper
Shop your neighborhood for your late season gifts

Put your money where your home is this holiday season and finish up your shopping right in your own neighborhood
A Bakers Dozen
Our favorite Chicago sweet shops

We let our sweet tooth take the lead as we travel from Andersonville to Evergreen Park in search of Chicago's best bakeries.
The Big Chill
How to Embrace Winter in Chicago

Embrace the fourth season and revel in its frosty chill. Wondering what to do in the great outdoors this time of year? We have a few ideas.
To Market, To Market
8 Chicago holiday markets to gift-shop in style

Skip the bustling shopping centers and crowded malls this season. We’re bringing you 8 holiday markets right here in Chicago to help you tick off every name on your gift list this Christmas.
Getting Warmer
Our tips for warming up from the inside-out

When frigid temps take hold—and all things wooly and warm prove no match for the biting cold—we turn to Chicago’s chefs to light a fire where it’s needed most: Our bellies. Here we bring you five delicious ways to add warmth from the inside out.
Vera
A West Loop Wine Bar

When the cold weather hit, we found ourselves searching for a Saturday night spot that would satisfy a particular set of whims. Enter Vera, a Spanish-style wine bar tucked away beneath the el on Lake Street in the West Loop.
Where the Hearth Is
Six Chicago fireplaces to cozy up to this season

If you don’t have a fireplace to call your own (and really, who does?), we have you covered. We traipsed the city far and wide to uncover the coziest locales—prime for warming your bones and whiling away a slow and lovely winter afternoon.
Chicago Back in Time
Nostalgia right around your corner

In a city like Chicago practically teeming with history and old world charm, it doesn’t take much to imagine what city life was like years ago. Check out some great places that can help take you back in time.
Pop Goes Alicia
a new comedy show takes a closer look at pop culture

To Chicago performer, writer, and activist Alicia Swiz, when it comes to pop culture, there’s more than meets the eye.
A Taste of France
A French culinary journey in Chicago

Food Pyrenees, a Chicago-based boutique culinary travel company takes intimate groups of curious foodies on the journey of a lifetime.
An Autumn Picnic
Savor the fleeting season

The Urbaness packs up a basket and heads to Chicago’s Millennium Park to show you how to host the perfect fall picnic.
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
Food... Camera... Action!
Behind the scenes with Jacqui Wedewer at Check, Please

Producer Jacqui Wedewer gives us a peek behind the scenes of the hit show Check, Please!
Tweedle Press

Tucked into a corner of Rogers Park, Chicago’s only full-service Letterpress Print shop is waiting to amaze you with stunning image work and attention to detail.
Choose your own adventure
Fun options for girls' night out

Tired of the same old girls’ night, we set out to uncover seven unique options to turn your night out with friends into an evening to remember.
The Urbaness' Shopping Guide
Bridal shower edition

We’ve compiled a list of local shops offering unique home goods, art pieces, antiques and eco-friendly housewares for the gift giver ready to go registry rogue.
Knitting, Coffee, & Conversation

Whether you are brand new to knitting or are in need of a refresher for fall, come spend an afternoon learning the basics with us.
Piece of KAKE
One woman sets out to promote Chicago's creativity

We catch up with Kellen Winters, a young entrepreneur who's carving out her own creative path in the Windy City.
And They’re Off!
The Urbaness goes to the races

For entertainment that’s off the beaten path, head to the racetrack
Weekend Getaway
Charming and cozy Fairfield, Iowa awaits

When a weekend calls for small-town charm, head to Fairfield, Iowa
The Short Stack
Six city diners to try on the double

This week The Urbaness steps out, grabs a stool at the counter, and orders up a heaping helping of comfort food. Join us as we explore six Chicago diners worth rolling out of bed for.
Pool with a View
We catch up with Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin

From the J. Parker Rooftop Lounge and overlooking the natural beauty of Lake Michigan, Natalie gives us a peek into her view of the world.
Beat the Heat
7 ways to handle the heat

Feeling the heat? We bring you seven ways to find relief
TV on the Radio
We tune in with the women of WBEZ’s Changing Channels

Recently, the Changing Channels team welcomed us into the studio for a peek behind the scenes and a chat about how the podcast came to be.
Pearly Peas
Chicago food deserts meet their match

We spent a morning trekking about Bronzeville on Chicago's south side, talking fresh food and food deserts with new non-profit leader, Zuri Thompson of Pearly Peas.
The Summer Guide
Inspiration for adventure abounds

With the season’s days dwindling (say it ain’t so!) we’re digging through our summer files, intent on encouraging you to squeeze out every last bit of fun from the warm days ahead
The Urbaness’ Weekend Getaways
Small town charm abounds in artsy Three Oaks

Just over an hour’s drive from Chicago, this little town boasts a lively arts scene, thriving local business community, and some of the friendliest people we ever did meet.
Rooftop to Tabletop
a recipe from Floriole chef, Sandra Holl

Chicago gardener, Sara Gasbarra talks about herbs and Floriole owner and chef, Sandra Holl shares a recipe.
Chicago's Garden Girl
Fresh produce from rooftop to restaurant

We spent a summer morning with Chicago's Garden Girl, Sara Gasbarra as she tended to one of the nine rooftop gardens she designed and maintains for some of Chicago's leading restaurants.
The Late Summer Lineup
Music festivals to close out the Summer

Want great, affordable outdoor music? Head to the city’s late summer street fests
The Chicago Experience
How to show out-of-town guests a good time

From towering skyscrapers to deep dish pizza and food tours, here’s how to show an out-of-town guest around our sweet home Chicago
Get Fit
Fun ways to hit the gym

We give your heart something to beat about with four intriguing workouts that are anything but ordinary
Cool It
7 ways to escape the heat this Summer

Feeling the heat? We bring you seven ways to find relief this summer
Going Away Guide
How to prepare for not being there

Planning a trip out of town? Tick off our checklist and ensure that your vacation high doesn’t end as soon as you open the door to your home.
The Best of Beverly
Explore a hidden southside treasure

Daytrip! All aboard the Metra line heading to the city’s south side. We show you where to go for the best taste of Beverly.
Meet Me in St. Louis
The Urbaness' weekend getaway

Need a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank? Head out on I-55 to charming St. Louis.
For the Love of Coffee
Caffentures Blue Line Coffee Crawl

Neighborhood coffee tours with a focus on perfecting our home brew? Yes, please. We embarked on our very first caffeinated adventure along the Blue Line and report back on all our delicious finds
Summer Love For Less
5 dates to enjoy on a dime

Down to your last dime? Never fear. We bring you five cheap and sweet dates summer memories are made of.
The How-To Series
The Urbaness' guide to freelancing in the city

We’ve teamed up with freelance writer Amina Elahi to outline the steps it takes to make a living writing in the city.
The Sweet Life
Inside the Publicans Kitchen with Pastry Chef Anna Shovers

In between rolling dough and whipping cream for a day’s worth of chocolate pies, Anna Shovers shares her story that led her out of art school and into the kitchen.
The Room Refresh
A tired bedroom gets a dreamy makeover

How one woman turned an ordinary bedroom into a polished and lively haven worth staying in bed for
Let Them Eat Pie
10 Chicago pie shops deserving of a blue ribbon

Nothing says sweet, simple summer like an all-American pie. We bring you 10 Chicago spots for bringing home this warm-weather classic.
Summer School
9 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.
The Urbaness’ Guide to Printers Row Book Fair

Heading to the literary event of the summer? We did the hard work for you, narrowing down the weekend’s schedule to our must-see essentials.
Lost Girls Vintage
A Q&A with the girls behind the brand

We have a soft spot for Chicago women following their dreams. So when we found out that two city women—Sarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey—were on the hunt for an old RV to renovate and travel cross-country in, we knew we had to hear their story.
The Bookstore Tour
Our favorite independent bookshops in Chicago

With a love of good books and good service, we toured the city in search of the bookstores that would promise to grow our bookshelves and uplift our spirits.
A Day at the Market
Cold weather, hot coffee, new friends

The Urbaness steps out from behind the computer and into the real world with the Chicago Flea MKT’s second-ever art, food, and design-lover’s event.
Our Favorite City Beaches
Where to swim this Summer

Each Memorial Day marks the start of our city’s official beach season, as lakeside restaurants throw open their doors, concession stands awake from their sleepy season, and volleyball nets are strung across the sand.
Relish
An underground supper club

Julia Pham has sauce for days—whether she is serving it atop a glazed pork chop for a dozen diners during her warm and welcoming monthly underground dinner nights, or speaking up and out about the sustainable food movement, she’s simply got it.
Graze Magazine
Talking shop with the co-founders of our new favorite food mag

Graze magazine eschews prescriptive menus, tips, and recipes in favor of thoughtful reflections on the importance food—and the sharing of it—has in our lives. Listen in as we talk shop (and food, of course!) with the mag's Logan Square-based co-founders.
The Creative Closet
A peek inside a costume designer's closet

You’ve got plenty of clothes and nothing to wear. Enter professional wardrobe stylist and costume designer Britton Esposito: Your guide to making sense of your wardrobe again.
Lost Girls Vintage
A Q&A with the girls behind the brand

We have a soft spot for Chicago women following their dreams. So when we found out that two city women—Sarah Azzouzi and Kyla Embrey—were on the hunt for an old RV to renovate and travel cross-country in, we knew we had to hear their story.
To Market, to Market
The Urbaness' guide to shopping the city's farmers markets

Just as the mercury inches past 80 comes one more telltale sign that spring is here to stay: the arrival of open air markets. This month, many of Chicago’s farmers markets will crop up in a neighborhood near you, bringing with them a bounty of fresh produce from small, local farms.
In the Green
The lushest garden centers in the city

Buy or browse, we love strolling the verdant jungles of these locally owned garden centers
Bike-a-Bee

“I know about bikes. I know about bees. But what do they have to do with each other?” Jana Kinsman, head beekeeper and founder of the urban agricultural project Bike a Bee has answers.
One Part Plant
One woman works to turn the city green

Through her company, One Part Plant, Jessica Murnane is on a mission to bring vegetables out from the sidelines, challenging Chicago restaurants to green their menus with at least one plant-based item.
Soup’s On
In the kitchen with personal chef Alia Dalal

Alia Dalal talks with the Urbaness about building her own business, touring the city by cuisine, and being the youngest candidate in line to be the next host of WTTW’s Check, Please!
Tourist for a Day

Rekindle your Chicago love with this non-tourists’ tour, a cherry-picked guide to shaking things up, rekindling your love, and finding a city moment all your own.
The Bookstore Tour
Our favorite independent bookshops in Chicago

With a love of good books and good service, we toured the city in search of the bookstores that would promise to grow our bookshelves and uplift our spirits.
Host a Game Night, Chicago Style

Elevate a night in with friends by bringing the best of the city to your living room. Gather your girlfriends and host a game night in, tapping a few of Chicago’s small artisan shops to bring flavor and flair to your evening in.
Fête in Chicago
A weekend long festival to celebrate Chicago food & design

Black out your calendar, a new weekend-long food and design fest is coming to town
Unrestricted Dining
10 inclusive eateries to satisfy a range of diets

In the spirit of gathering ‘round the table with friends, we rounded up 10 of our favorite city haunts—restaurants that cater to both ends of the spectrum, ensuring everyone finds a meal that makes them feel happy, healthy, and full.
Pick Your Protein: Seafood

If there’s a Fish Friday in your future, this one’s for you. Our City Editor, Jackie Rassner, hit the city streets in search of the best fish dishes our neighborhoods have to offer. Load up on this light and healthy protein at one of her recommended stops.
A Q&A with Mano y Metal

Mano y Metal’s Desiree Castro welcomed us into her colorful jewelry studio and, over homemade cake, sat down with us to talk shop.
Mano Y Metal

We take you inside the rainbow-colored Pilsen studio of local jewelry maker, Desiree Castro.
Our tips for living well this weekend

After what seemed a never-ending workweek, we’re quite ready to pop the champagne—or at the very least pour a glass of wine with friends. Won’t you join us in living the good life this weekend?
Touching Earth: A Meditation Oasis

You’re grounded! Elesa Commerce of Touching Earth shows us why meditation is good for our bodies and our minds.
Our tips for living well this weekend

Is there any feeling quite as decadent as tossing your office badge to the bottom of your purse on a Friday afternoon? We certainly don’t think so. Here’s to the weekend—two whole days without alarm clocks, pencil skirts, or conference calls! What will we be up to? Read on for our tips for living slow and living well.
A body positive lingerie shop

When’s the last time you heard the words “lingerie” and “healthy body image” in the same sentence? Never? We thought so. So you can bet our ears perked when we discovered Bucktown’s G Boutique, a lingerie and toy shop with a serious mission—to empower women to feel safe, comfortable, and good about themselves and their sex lives.
Day Tripping
Spend a day in Midwest wine country

Grab your girlfriends and hit the road this weekend. Head out of town for a day spent sipping your way through Michigan’s wineries.
The Wanderlust Cure
Plan a European day trip in Chicago

A daytime stroll along the Seine in Paris. A skip across the Charles Bridge in Prague. No matter which city strikes your fancy, we invite you to taste, sip, and see your way around your favorite European cities, without ever leaving your own.
Getting Warmer

When frigid temps take hold—and all things wooly and warm prove no match for the biting cold—we turn to Chicago’s chefs to light a fire where it’s needed most: Our bellies. Here we bring you five delicious ways to add warmth from the inside out.
Chicago: Back in Time

In a city like Chicago practically teeming with history and old world charm, it doesn’t take much to imagine what city life was like years ago. Check out some great places that can help take you back in time.
January Reinvention

January is the mother of reinvention. If the start of a new year has you considering embracing change, we suggest taking a cue from one of these Chicago hotspots. We rounded up five of our favorite Windy City locales to show you who’s putting a new spin on the classics.
DIY Stamps with Tweedle Press

You don’t need a giant Vandercook Universal III printing press to make your own stamp. Tweedle Press Compositor Ellebe Ciña shows you how to make your own stamps, perfect for envelopes, DIY stationary,or greeting cards.
Putting It in Print: Q & A with Tweedle Press

Nina Interlandi Bell and Ellebe Ciña, the wonderful, creative and righteously cool heart and soul of Tweedle Press, shared with us their philosophy on creativity, community and process behind creating handmade letterpress prints.
Tweedle Press

Tucked into a corner of Rogers Park, Chicago’s only full-service Letterpress Print shop is waiting to amaze you with stunning image work and attention to detail.
Our tips for living well this weekend

With office life behind you, there are two whole days stretched out before you to do with as you please. So how will you use them? Read on for our suggestions for reveling in your free time and living the good life this weekend.
Mars Gallery: Q&A -- What Makes Them Tick

Today we sit down with the gallery’s owner, Barb Gazdik, and one of her employees to learn what makes Mars Gallery tick.
Mars Gallery: Approachable art in the West Loop

Call it a pioneer of the West Loop or a pop art playhouse—any way you slice it, this Chicago gallery is just plain cool.
Pinch Spice Market

With a focus on all things organic, local, and fair trade, Pinch Spice Market is adding its own flavor to the West Bucktown neighborhood. Step inside this shop with us, as we chat with the owners and take a closer peek at their wares. Buffy's Slayer Helper, anyone?
Our tips for living well this weekend

It’s funny (see: curious) how holiday vacations can throw our lives into a tailspin. Haven’t we all been running ourselves ragged since November? This weekend, we say, the madness stops. With the holidays and the workweek behind us, we’re eager for two luxurious days of slow-living. Think oversized wool sweaters, makeup-free mornings, and evenings spent in the company of good friends. Read on for our tips on living the good life this weekend.
Vera: A West Loop Wine Bar

When winter hit in full force, bringing its single digit temps and frosty winds, we found ourselves searching for a Saturday night spot that would satisfy a particular set of whims. Enter Vera, a Spanish-style wine bar tucked away beneath the el on Lake Street in the West Loop.
How to Embrace Winter in Chicago

When the temperature dips and the winds threaten to carry you across town, there are two options for surviving a Midwest winter: You can either hunker down at home and stay put till spring, or you can embrace the fourth season and revel in its frosty chill. Wondering what to do in the great outdoors this time of year? We have a few ideas.
All that Glitters: The Urbaness’ Holiday Lookbook

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, bringing with it the perennial question: What to wear? Just in time for winding down the holiday season, we’re offering up the last two entries in our holiday lookbook.
What We're Wearing Now

Thanksgiving to New Years can be a stressful stretch. There’s extended family to deal with and crowded airports to traverse, so why add unnecessary pressure when it comes to what you’ll wear? If you need help in the closet department, we’ve got your inspiration right here. Read on for five looks to keep you in style and carry you all the way into the New Year.
5 Ways to Warm Up Your Winter

When the temperatures drop and the layers pile on, nothing sounds sweeter than hibernating till spring. And while gobs of TV, Snuggies and carbohydrates are one way to get through this chilly season, we'd like to offer up something a bit more inspired. Here we share five of our favorite ways to warm up in Chicago this winter.
A Fete Among Friends

Holiday party season is in full swing, bringing with it one occasion after another to don your fanciest and pop the champagne. Think you can’t throw a fancy fete without the painstaking prep? Think again. The party-planning experts at Chicago’s Red Letter Event Planning expand our thinking, one sweet and simple detail at a time.
Grandma J’s Local Kitchen

We ducked into Grandma J’s on a cold, drizzly Sunday morning. Drippy and deflated, we pushed open the door of this small Humboldt Park eatery and with one whoosh, the gray world behind us had melted away. Before us, we found the promise of hot coffee, the savory aromas of good, old-fashioned comfort food, and The Marvelettes doo-wopping “Mr. Postman” over the restaurant’s speakers.
The Gift List: Our Favorite Local Finds

We’ve combed the city’s best and brightest for gifts to delight every person on your list. The best part? With every purchase, you’ll funnel your hard-earned dollars right back into your own community, keeping the small businesses you love thriving throughout the season—and beyond.
Hair How-to: No-fuss wintertime waves

Twisted Scissors is back, this time with diffuser in-hand to show us a trick for keeping summer alive all winter long. Listen up as the hair stylists show us the way to covetable, tousled waves. Who relegated beachy waves to bright and sunny days? We’re ready to rock them all year long, letting the simple style of summer warm us up through wintertime.
Twisted Scissors Q and A

Despite its tough act—its rock n’ roll attitude and year-round Halloween décor—Logan Square hair salon, Twisted Scissors, is all heart. We sat down with co-owners, Anna Armes, Amber Huels, and Angela Bolos-Hartman to learn more about this neighborhood fixture.
Twisted Scissors

Opening day for Logan Square hair salon, Twisted Scissors, meant one thing: staring at the telephone. “At one point, I even called the shop from my cell phone just to make sure the line was working,” laughs co-owner Anna Armes. “The phone just wouldn’t ring.”
Power Up: Our Favorite Spots to Score a Caffeine Boost

These days, with the sun setting at 4:30, the urge to dive under a blanket and stay put till spring is stronger than ever. You’ll need an extra caffeine boost to survive the work week—not to mention the holiday season. We’ve got you covered with five of our favorite ways to power up in the city.
Rent the Runway

There are all times when we need or want to feel gorgeous, but don’t have the Benjamins to slap down on couture. Rent The Runway can be a great resource for dressing like a million bucks without actually having to spend a million bucks.
Listen Up: An exclusive podcast with 2nd Story

Today, we find ourselves wishing we could share a bottle of wine and settle in for a 2nd Story marathon. But for now, we’ll take the next best thing: an exclusive podcast of company member Stephanie Chavara’s "Brooklyn Bluffs." No wine glass required.
Stories & Wine: A Q and A with 2nd Story

In celebration of the publication of 2nd Story's first book, Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories of 2nd Story, The Urbaness sat down with members of the 2nd Story community to talk: women who imbibe this storytelling theatre company with integrity, humor and a pursuit of community.
Stories & Wine

A tasty bottle of wine, the company of friends, and stories of laughter, love, challenge and growth that leave you wanting to share your own stories: where are you? At 2nd Story, a tailored, narrative experience that fuses writing, sound and performance to provide audiences with shared story as a means of fostering community.
Dharma Garden

Can’t cover the cost of a plane ticket? No problem. This authentic Thai eatery invites patrons to travel halfway around the world by tastebud.
Shop Small: Put Your Money Where Your Home Is

Where to holiday shop in Chicago when you want to put your money right back into your own community. Bonus: Avoid the crowds and hang on to your holiday cheer.
Breaking Bread

Last week, Soup & Bread series founder and acclaimed author, Martha Bayne, teamed up with the greenest, lushest, near-tropical retreat in Chicago—the Garfield Park Conservatory—to bring a new flavor to an old favorite.
Our Weekend Pick: 2nd Story

Pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink, and prepare yourself for stories that will touch your heart and blow your mind.
Let Them Eat Pie

Get your locally sourced pies here! We’ve rounded up ten Chicago bakeries ready to whip up your Thanksgiving dessert.
To Watch or Not

Six Chicago bars to watch—or avoid—election night returns
The Urbaness’ Guide to Emergency Planning

With a natural disaster unfolding across the country, we’re again reminded of how critical it is to have an emergency plan in place.
The Great Closet Clean-up

The weather has changed again, the mercury has dropped, and all the sweaters, boots, and tights have come out of storage. Now that Chicago seems to have officially put warmer days behind it, we can say so long to summer’s dresses, shorts, and sandals with confidence.
20 Neighborhoods Project

One hundred and eighteen women. Twenty Chicago communities. Through its 20 Neighborhoods Project, Woman Made Gallery encourages women to turn to art-making to define their place in the world.
Engineering Wonder

Confetti cannons, pyrotechnic hamster wheels, bathtubs-turned-floating-canoes. Wine-dispensing bicycles, dressers transformed into stages, fire organs synced to the climbing octaves of opera singers. These are the devices of your dreams—yes—but also the impossible inventions of Chicago’s own Redmoon Theater.
The Kitchen

It’s 11:15am. You know what you’ve got stashed in your desk drawer. You’re aware of what you tucked into the break room fridge, behind someone’s week-old yogurt. Each night has become a new lunch-planning headache, leaving you to settle, day after day, for the ultimate in ordinary—the peanut butter sandwich.

Fortunately, Molly Schemper of FIG Catering has a plan.
Quite Strong: Q & A

Sit down with Jennifer Sisson, Elaine Chernov, Jana Kinsman, and Katherine Walker: the ladies of Quite Strong.
Quite Strong

Good things come from girl groups: Diana Ross and the Supremes’ discography, the women’s suffrage movement, an inspirational and savvy all-female design collective in Chicago, borne from the oft male-dominated creative world.
Bee Friendlier

Jana Kinsman, founder and head beekeeper at Bike•a•Bee, has suggestions on how to better your bee relationships—even for those who maybe aren’t ready to have something quite like a hive in their backyard—to better your flowers, your food, and even your health.
Bike-a-Bee: Q & A

Writer Lauren Gill spent a hot summer day inspecting hives alongside Bike a Bee's beekeeper, Jana Kinsman. She reports back about the matriarchal society of bees, Jana’s experience with her project, and her ambitions for the future
Bike-a-Bee

“I know about bikes. I know about bees. But what do they have to do with each other?” While sitting with Jana Kinsman, head beekeeper and founder of the urban agricultural project Bike a Bee—at a table outfitted with pieces of hives, Humboldt Park honey, and her Peugeot bicycle—I watched her answer with ease.
Fleur: Gardening Inside the Box

Creativity, a few simple materials, and less time than you might think are all you need to create a Fleur-inspired terrarium. Fleur’s Amy Sokol shares how nearly any empty glass container can be turned into a sweet miniature landscape.
Tourist For a Day

City got you down? Rekindle your Chicago love with this non-tourists’ tour, a cherry-picked guide to shaking things up, rekindling your love, and finding a city moment all your own. So let’s pack a picnic lunch and grab a bike or bus pass.
Fleur: Q & A

Fleur’s Kelly Marie Uss and Amy Sokol share a passion for flowers that reflects perfectly in each of their sweet, colorful, original arrangements. The two recently shared with The Urbaness about their inspirations, their art and the joy of working in the Logan Square neighborhood.
Savor the Date

You’ve heard of progressive dinners, now comes the progressive date. To help nudge your evening along, we hit the city streets in search of pairings so perfect you won’t want to kiss your date goodnight.
City Fleurish

Described as offering “treasures in every direction,” Fleur, a florist and boutique in Logan Square, balances a perfect harmony of rustic, elegant and whimsical. The cozy shop is an eclectic, delicately wild jumble of warm colors, tangled branches, rough-hewn wood and vintage design.
A Fête among Friends

Even in a city that boasts a sensational nightlife, there comes a time when every Urbaness can’t fight the urge to stay at home. Our advice? Embrace it. Gather your girlfriends and play host with a lavish soiree, bringing the dazzle of city nightlife to your living room.
Where the Hearth is
When the weather dips and the winds begin to whip, there’s no antidote to winter’s chill quite like a fireplace. If you don’t have a fireplace to call your own (and really, who does?), we have you covered.

Partying with a Purpose
Over a bottle of wine, Kristen Kaza, the brains behind Chicago's No Small Plans Productions, shares her insights on intentional work, positive spaces, and the importance of visibility. Read more here.

Rockin’ for Charity
Recently, Girls Rock! Chicago (GR!C) held its fifth-annual Autumn Auction at the Wicker Park mixology haven, The Violet Hour. Read about the event here!

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.

Mano Y Metal
In a constantly growing corner of Desiree Castro’s living room, the Mano y Metal studio is a vibrant den of color: glimmering piles of unused or discarded metal, neatly hung tools and ornate displays of earrings and bracelets stamped with unique messages. Lit by the waning sun on a chilly winter afternoon, Desiree tells us how inseparable she and her business truly are. Read more

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.