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Around Town
with The Sportsanista

We hit the city streets with Mary Krosnjar, intent on sipping and sampling in style
Hanger by Hanger
Step into the closet of the Sportsanista

The Urbaness sat down with fashion blogger, Mary Krosnjar to talk about her versatile style, career, and closet.
The Unordinary Home
Shop local to add one-of-a-kind charm to your abode

We hear the same line time and time again: Your home should be a reflection of you. But if the pieces you choose to buy all come from big box stores (hi there, Ikea), how can you hope to separate your space from your neighbor’s?
The Style Files
Freshen up your look for Spring

Inspiration abounds as we open our style files to help you freshen up your look for spring
Vintage Charms
How one Chicago jewelry designer breathes new life into vintage findings

The Urbaness visits Michelle’s studio just as she prepares to take the leap of a lifetime: Leaving her longstanding job at Lill Street Arts Studio in favor of working full time on her jewelry line.
Green Glamour
A new Chicago spa sets out to green your beauty routine

A self-confessed “eco glam girl,” Jenny Perillo, through her Lincoln Square spa Noktivo (4831 N. Damen), has been greening Chicagoans’ beauty routines.
One of a Kind
Our favorite locally sourced jewelry

This winter, as you look to hit ‘reset’ your wardrobe, look to stylish Chicago women to bring in small pieces that make bold statements. Leave a lasting impression with one of these handmade accessories, all locally sourced from city designers.
Bring the Cheer
10 Ways to Make Your Spirit Merry and Bright

Need a fast-track to holiday delight? Follow our—dare we say—brilliant advice for your jolliest year yet. We bring you ten low-cost, merry-making ways to have you fa-la-la-la-la-ing in no time.
Closet Refresh
How to host the perfect swap party

Instead of letting your never-worn items languish on the rack, why not give them new life? Enter the clothing swap, where participants can share their shopping failures with friends.
Design | Dance
Hogan McLaughlin on bringing fashion and dance together

Hogan McLaughlin continues to build his design prowess with a creative path that is concurrently winding its way through the dance, art, and fashion worlds.
Dangling Above the City
278 feet up for a good cause

It’s not everyday you receive an invitation like this one: to visit theWit Hotel, climb to the rooftop, strap on a harness, and plunge 27 stories down the outside of the building--tourists, el trains, and taxis whizzing by below.
The Well-Traveled Wardrobe
A closet tour with Bellaconscience

Anna Turabelidz, the mind behind Bellaconsience has incorporated a little style from destinations around the world. Check out her style...
Dames a Dozen
Chicago’s tattooed women band together for homeless animals

What do you get when you mix together two Chicago creatives, a love for animals, and a whole lot of tattooed women? The first annual Dames a Dozen calendar to benefit the Trio Animal Foundation.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Whether you’ll have a casual date night in your neighborhood, or you’ll head to Old Town for an art fair, we have you covered with three simple but stylish looks to carry you through each day of the weekend.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Leave your summer style quandaries to us while you focus on enjoying a cool summer weekend in the city.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Leave your summer style quandaries to us while you focus on enjoying a cool summer weekend in the city.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Leave your summer style quandaries to us while you focus on enjoying a cool summer weekend in the city.
One of a Kind
Our favorite locally sourced bags

Some say it’s a diamond. Others say it’s a dog. But we’re convinced a sturdy, high quality handbag is a woman’s best friend.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

What to wear this weekend? A Broke Brunette’s Alyssa Cohen has you covered.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Whether you’ll have a casual date night in your neighborhood, or you’ll head to Old Town for an art fair, we have you covered with three simple but stylish looks to carry you through each day of the weekend.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Channel movie-worthy retro style all weekend long in vintage-inspired pieces boasting punchy colors and sweet and charming details. Everyday Darling’s Danielle Beutelle takes us step-by-step on how to get the look.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Say hello to the official start of summer with a sartorial nod to the defining phrase of the season: effortless cool. Chicago style blogger Zahra Sandberg couldn’t have made it any easier to look polished and put together this weekend.
Style on the Line
A closet tour with the girl behind the blog

We spent an afternoon playing dress up with Chicago style blogger Sierra Widmer-Rodriguez. One peek inside her impeccable closet had us swooning.
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.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

With the weekend just around the corner, we’ve called in one of the most stylish women we know to pick her brain on what to wear. Fashion blogger, Lauren Chu plans our weekend looks to keep us chic through Sunday.
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.
Local Color
Fashion from Chicago designers

When it comes to our wardrobes, it’s time for bright ideas and playful pieces—and we know just where to find ‘em. We look to Chicago’s fashion designers for extra special frocks that are sure to put pep in your step this spring.
The Color Cure
An overworked nurse gets a bright makeover

Watch as our stylist nudges our willing subject out of her comfort zone and into a rainbow’s worth of clothing that celebrates her natural beauty—and gives her confidence to boot.
Cashmere & Wit
This Chicago stylist has both in spades

When 90 hour work weeks left her feeling drained, Chicagoan Alyssa Peterson turned to retail therapy to find a little peace from all the pressure. Now, many shopping bags later, this savvy business woman has parlayed a love of shopping into a full-time gig.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

Style blogger Christie Edwards primes us for one stylish weekend
Flexible Spine, Flexible Mind
Bring movement to your spine with this dynamic flow

In this second entry of our Caring for Your Back sequence, Logan Square’s Tula Yoga shows us a dynamic pose to warm up or cool down.
The Wardrobe Refresh
Simple Spring updates that pack a cheery punch

Hit refresh on your wardrobe by bringing in new playful pieces that pack a cheery punch.
Make a Statement

Go big and bold in these beautiful pieces at our favorite Chicago places
The Style Files Closet Tour

With a tour of her dream-worthy closet, fashion maven Zahra Sandberg gives us a glimpse into her stylish life.
How to wear the color of the year

Everything is coming up green. Emerald green, that is! Crowned Pantone’s color of the year, this spirited hue has been cropping up everywhere from the runway to the subway. Ready to hop aboard? Here’s how to incorporate this season’s freshest shade into your look this weekend.
Sweet Vintage
A closet tour with the owner of Rose vintage

We spent a morning combing through the closet of stylish vintage-lover, Samantha Balk. We report back and share all the lace, pattern-play, and charming surprises that make this closet one to admire.
Weekend Wear
What to wear and where to wear it

With the weekend just around the corner, we’ve called in one of the most stylish women we know to pick her brain on what to wear. Fashion blogger, Christie Edwards plans our weekend looks to keep us chic through Sunday.
Weekend Wear: Off-the-clock Style

We’re declaring Friday through Sunday to be off limits to all matters of running about in the cold. This weekend, you’ll find us taking to our homes, soaking up some good old-fashioned r&r. But just because we’re taking it easy, doesn't give us an excuse to skimp on style.
Weekend Wear: Your guide to off-the-clock style

To help lure us out from beneath our mountain of blankets, contributing style editor Lauren Chu offers up three simple and cozy looks to have you dressed to the nines through Sunday.
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.
For the Hostess: How to create a simple centerpiece

Fleur’s Amy Sokol teaches us how to dress up the table just in time for Christmas dinner. So whether you’re playing hostess or gracious guest, bring a little life to the party with this gorgeous bouquet.
All that Glitters: The Urbaness’ Holiday Lookbook

In Day 3 of The Urbaness' Holiday Lookbook, we bring you an unconventional party look from style maven, Jena Gambaccini.
Head this way for outfit inspiration for the season.
All that Glitters: The Urbaness’ Holiday Lookbook

Ugly sweaters? No, thank you. Head-to-toe red and green? Not here. Just in time for the holidays, we’re bringing you six stylish answers to the question, What to wear?
All that Glitters: The Urbaness’ Holiday Lookbook

Ugly sweaters? No, thank you. Head-to-toe red and green? Not here. Just in time for the holidays, we’re bringing you six stylish answers to the question, What to wear?
The Great Winter Warm-Up:
Our favorite cozy knits

‘Tis the season for bundling up! When the temperatures dip and winds howl, turn to the classic sweater for warmth and cozy style.
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.
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.
Vintage Elements Meet Modern Style

It’s time to spice up your wardrobe by mixing in some vintage style; but where to begin? Lisa Burback of Archives Vintage has tips for how to incorporate vintage elements into a modern wardrobe that’s perfect for a day at the office or a night out in the Second City.
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.
Style in the City

With a style that's both effortless and enviable, Chicago fashion blogger, Marie Elliott, offers up wearable inspiration to help you get dressed for any occasion.
Office Style

Bianca deBardelaben shows The Urbaness how one office-wear staple, the classic silk button-up, can take any nine-to-fiver from Monday morning to Friday happy hour.
Style in the City

Stylish city girl, Lauren Chu shows us the ropes of bringing back the classic black for autumn. Spilling her style secrets, Lauren pulls together three ensembles to cover any Chicago gal from date night to girls’ night to a day exploring in the city.
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.