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Chicago Hauntings Tours

The Chicago Hauntings Tours are considered the Windy City’s most well-researched and authentic Chicago ghost tours, dark history tours, and haunted tours. The ghost tours were founded by Ursula Bielski, a local paranormal researcher and author of 12 books about the paranormal and haunted places around Chicago. Bielski and her partner David Cowan, the author of two…

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Clever No-Carve Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin

If the mess of carving a jack-o’-lantern doesn’t really appeal to you, but having some fall fun does, try one of these alternatives to your traditional Halloween decoration. Nail polish pumpkins. Don’t have a fully stocked craft cabinet? No problem! Nail polish pumpkins make use of the beauty supplies you have stowed in the bathroom. Use your…

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Explore the Ever-Changing Inventory at Knee Deep Vintage

A few years ago, Knee Deep Vintage departed from its original location to join the growing collection of eclectic businesses in the vibrant neighborhood of Pilsen. Its well-curated selection of vintage items is the perfect addition to the bustling area, especially since it’s situated in such a bright, welcoming 1,500-square-foot storefront in historic Thalia Hall. Shopping the…

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Expect Uncommon Flavors at Velvet Taco Fulton Market

Korean fried rice. Mexi-Cali shrimp. Chicken and waffles. These probably aren’t dishes you’d expect to see on the menu at a single restaurant—let alone a taqueria. Newly opened Velvet Taco Fulton Market forgoes culinary tradition in favor of taco flavors that range from unexpected to downright out-there. Case in point, the new Korean fried rice taco. It’s…

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How to Make Your Apartment Extra Cozy for Autumn

With its shorter days and dipping temperature, the fall season reinvigorates our desire for cozy, welcoming spaces. Here are a few tips to help you bring autumn into your apartment—in the snuggliest, comfiest way possible. Toss up some twinkle lights. Twinkle lights instantly create a cozy vibe within your home, transforming a simple space into something…

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Now Open Near Your Apartment at Left Bank: Chikatana

If the striking design of Chikatana’s stylish dining room doesn’t convince you that it’s worth checking out, then the menu of Mexican-Midwestern cuisine definitely should. The chef at this newly opened eatery draws inspiration from the bustling cities and rolling countryside of Mexico, but puts an American twist on each dish with the help of local,…

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Need-to-Know Info for a Fun (and Safe) Camping Trip

Planning a camping trip this summer? Getting outdoors is a fun and safe option for a couples’ or a family vacation, but you’ll fare better if you’re prepared! Here are a few tips for newbies. Know your options. You don’t have to dive right into tent camping if you’re a novice! Many campsites offer alternatives like…

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