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The Best Ways to Decorate a Pumpkin, No Carving Knife Necessary

It’s the season of fall festivals and pumpkin-picking! That also means you might be gearing up to carve your annual jack-o’-lantern. But these creative DIY ideas might convince you to put down the carving knife and do something different this year. Crayon Drip Pumpkins [Good Housekeeping]This customizable craft gives you tons of artistic license over…

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Ice Cream Gets an Irish Twist at Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

St. Patrick’s Day may be a long while away yet, but you can still celebrate Irish culture and heritage throughout the year. That’s true for no one more than for Sean McGuire, owner of Cone Gourmet Ice Cream. Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, McGuire aims to share his love for his home country through…

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Make your next stop at PB&J – Pizza Beer and Jukebox

Your idea of a PB&J is about to change. At a new bar and restaurant of the same name, PB&J stands for pizza, beer, and jukebox, and it’s the neighborhood hangout that the West Loop needed. The pizzas give you plenty of options to explore, with toppings like poutine, loaded baked potato, or burrata and…

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How to Refresh Your Apartment Closet for Fall

Getting ready for a new season is always a process, one that should include cleaning out your closet. In order to prepare for the impending cooler weather, spend some time organizing your wardrobe. Follow these steps to make the process simple. Gather your materials. Before you get started, take stock of what you need. Maybe bins…

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Every Meal Is a Fiesta at Las Fuentas Restaurant

After a long couple of self-quarantined months, in person dining just feels a little more special now. And there’s no better place to raise a glass to dining out than Las Fuentas Restaurant. This Mexican eatery just feels like a fiesta, with its colorful interior and cozy atmosphere. Whether you’re looking forward to a long-awaited…

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What to Stream When You Need a Break From the Everyday

The world is changing rapidly right now, and the constant onslaught of news might be making it hard for you to unwind—especially if your home has suddenly become your workspace, too. One surefire way to recharge is to watch some good, old-fashioned mindless TV. Here are a few solid options to stream. Arrested Development An…

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Start Your Saturday at Green City Market

After weeks of planning in the spring, Green City Market has made its triumphant return to the West Loop. This weekly farmers’ market aims to connect city residents to locally, sustainably, and ethically produced food, for the benefit of both individual and social health. The market is hosted on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm…

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Start Your Day at Sunny Side Up & Coffee Shoppe

Founded right here in Chicago in 2012, Sunny Side Up & Coffee Shoppe is a must-visit spot for breakfast or lunch to-go or on their patio. If the cheery fried egg on their logo doesn’t catch your eye, you’re bound to be drawn in by the scents of freshly brewed coffee and sizzling bacon, or the delicious…

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How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like a Summer Oasis

Summer has arrived! That means fresh, local food at the farmers’ market, warm walks in the park, and maybe even a picnic or two. It also means you should start thinking about freshening up the decor in your apartment. Here are a few simple decorating ideas to help you welcome summer into your abode. Fresh…

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