Bright Lights, Big City, Great Books

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Neon signs—they put the bright lights in our big city. Garish and brassy, they beckon with color and light and martinis and stars. Subtle they are not. But still, I love them. Back in March, though, Preservation Chicago named neon signs one of the most endangered “architectural treasures” in Chicago. Since May is Preservation Month, it’s […]

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4 New Books Featuring Chicago

Cloud gate

I've discovered four new books that have either come out in May or will come out in May that feature Chicago prominently. One is nonfiction, but the others are flights of imagination. You do not want to miss any of them. Aleksandar Hemon has written his first comedic novel: The Making of Zombie Wars. Joshua seems […]

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Asparagus or Snap Peas—or Both?

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When that first warm day in spring arrives and everyone's thoughts go to grilling and spending time at the lake, I am always thinking about the farmers market! I can't wait for all of those beautiful fruits and vegetables to start popping up at the local markets. This year I have been preparing by reading […]

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Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad Funny People

Sad Sad Sad Sad Funny People

If comedy has taught me anything, it's that trauma is hilarious. I have laughed much too often at the horrible things comedians do to themselves. When I read about their lives, they do their best to put a funny spin on awful things, and I just can't put the books down. Artie Lange made his name on […]

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Bike Rides and Guides

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Is your favorite mode of transportation your bike? Or are you interested in buying a new bike, but not sure where to start? Well, with spring finally in our midst, now is the perfect time to purchase a new bike or get yours out of storage! May is also National Bike Month. You can share with […]

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Happy 75th Birthday, Stan Mikita!

Statue of Stan Mikita

Stan Mikita, who played his entire 22-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks, is turning 75 on May 20. Nicknamed Stosh, he was one of the most dynamic centers to ever play the game of hockey, scoring 541 goals and 926 assists before being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. As a kid, […]

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DIY Spring Fashion

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Spring is finally here! Ready to brighten up your wardrobe? Try these easy ideas to update and refresh your spring wardrobe on any budget. They're perfect for the novice sewer to the most advanced. Add an appliqué to a cardigan. Add some bead embroidery to: a neckline of a blouse the hem of a skirt the lapels of your […]

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Poor Memories

Famous People Lie

People, as a rule, are generally awful, and when people start worrying about their reputations, they instinctively stretch the truth to make their lives more appealing than they actually are. So it's fun to read books about famous people talking about themselves. When you worry what you'll look like in the light of day, reality starts to bend. […]

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70 Years Later: V-E Day

V-E Day

May 8 is the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, when the Germans surrendered to the Allies, ending World War II in Europe. Not many veterans are still around to celebrate, but it is still important. Here are some titles that help us remember. The Day the War Ended by Martin Gilbert follows the last […]

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