The World of Should

It’s easy to get sucked into the world of “should.” “I should get the salad instead of the cheeseburger.” “I should work out instead of watching TV.” “I should get the emissions test done for my car.” Those are all good (fairly obvious) shoulds, but what about the ones that …

Millennium Park Photo Walk

Today I tried something new. I went on my first Photo Walk with fellow photography enthusiasts around the city. I was so excited that I hardly slept last night, and this morning I woke up ready to go well before my alarm went off. It was rainy, windy, and bone-chillingly …

For the love of fall

Like a lot of people my favorite season is fall. It seems like all of a sudden everyone has become obsessed with fall, but it’s been my favorite from the get-go. Here are some of the reasons [I think] fall is the best season: 1) The crisp air. There’s seriously nothing …

Low-key adventure in the city

The other day I had one of those wonderfully, low-key kind of days that I almost forgot I was in downtown Chicago. I started my day with finally checking out Open Books. It’s a used bookstore that I’ve been meaning to check out for some time. For me, going to …

Book Fairs and Creativity

Yesterday I went to one of the best book fairs I’ve been to in a long time. It was hosted by the Lake Forest library. Most cities in the area host an annual book sale and open it to the public from Friday – Sunday on a given weekend. Over …

A day at the Chicago Botanic Garden

After spending two whole weeks in the city with my only reprieve being going to work in the suburbs, I knew that I needed a break this weekend. I needed to be around nature! I never realized how much I needed it for my creativity until I moved to downtown …

City Walkers

There are a lot of things about downtown Chicago that I simply don’t get, particularly what people seem to do when they’re walking around the city. Here are some things I’ve noticed people doing on a fairly regular basis in the city that truly baffles me: Walking and texting – …

Double the donuts

Yes, that’s right—another donut adventure. I really don’t know why I’ve been so fixated on donuts lately. I think it’s partially because I miss the Holy Donut in Portland, ME and I’m on the quest for a good substitute, but I also think it’s just a fun mini-adventure. It doesn’t …

Mountains vs. Skyscrapers

Now that I’ve been living in the city for 2 months I am feeling a little more at ease. I know where things are now and I’ve fallen into my routine quite nicely. However, downtown Chicago is not the place for me. It’s a wonderfully exciting city with plenty of …

Donut Excursion: Firecakes

One way that Portland, ME changed me is that I’m now forever on the hunt to find a donut place as good as the Holy Donut. It’s just not possible! It’s still a delicious journey, and I have found many Chicago-based places that come as a close second. Last weekend …