Smoothies: The Art of Sneaking Vegetables into Your Diet

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Vegetables get a bad rap—we think they are bland, boring or just plain nasty. I mean please, who needs them? Well, I'm afraid we do. Smoothies are a great way to sneak more veggies into your diet. The great thing about a fruit and veggie smoothie is that you can add as much or as little […]

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The Most Individual of Individual Sports


The Tour de France starts on Independence Day this year, which is fitting because most racing cyclists I've known tend to be on the fiercely independent side. Not too sure why this is: might be the hours of riding a bike alone, or being mocked for shaving their legs and wearing spandex. Whatever the reason, […]

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Moby Dick: The Hunt Continues

An inflatable white whale tail sticks out of the main entrance of Harold Washington Library Center

The hunt for the white whale is on this summer in Chicago with the Lookingglass Theatre production of Moby Dick. As the ultimate tale of obsession and revenge takes the stage, you can #FindTheWhiteWhale around Chicago. It's even been spotted at Harold Washington Library Center. Considered by many to be the greatest American novel, Moby-Dick, Or, The Whale follows Ishmael's adventures as […]

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Chicago Grit

Noir Bean

If you like noir and novels about Chicago, there's a new favorite out for you. The Governor's Wife by Michael Harvey is the latest in the Michael Kelly series, which starts with The Chicago Way. Harvey's books are atmospheric, and pretty much all the places he mentions actually exist, or have existed. Harvey's specialty is conspiracies, but they all seem […]

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Outsider Artist: Chicago’s Henry Darger

smaller image of Henry Darger Head stone

Anyone can become overwhelmed by the desire to express what is inside them in a creative way. Most often the best examples are highlighted in museums and art history courses and classes, but sometimes there are diamonds in the rough, or great works found in unlikely places. Whenever someone without a formal art education or […]

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Midyear Check-in: Reaching Your Goals?

soccer goal with a couple tears in the net

We've reached the halfway point of 2015—the year just seems to be zipping by. Every year many of us set goals for the new year, and most of us kind of peter out by March or April. And by June they become a dim memory—until next January when we begin the whole process again! Are you ready […]

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The Literary Legacy of Waterloo

Painting of the duke of weelington at the battle of waterloo

Imagine you're standing in a wet, grassy field on a small hill. From this hill, you look over a large camp. There is smoke from the campfires, or is it from the artillery? Soldiers are mustering themselves under the blue, white and red banners. 26,000 of them will be dead by dusk. June 18 marks the […]

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Just Like Dear Old Dad: Famous Authors and Their Author Children

Scrabble tiles spelling father, author, child

Everybody inherits something from their father—whether it's eye color, sense of humor or a special talent—but it's rare to do the exact same job as your father. In celebration of Father's Day, let's take a look at some authors who not only inherited talent from their dads, but are using that talent to establish literary careers. […]

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Not So Pretty Pictures

Not So Pretty Pictures

I love me some gritty pictures. A few years back, when everyone discovered Vivian Maier's photographs of day-to-day life in Chicago, I couldn't get enough of them, but it doesn't stop with her. There's a lot of dirt in the world and plenty of photographers to capture it. Gangsters & Grifters is a series of gloriously reproduced newspaper pictures displaying the awful things […]

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Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth

Photo by Shirley Wallace

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. However, it took almost three years before news spread of the proclamation that all American slaves were freed. This historic moment happened on June 19, 1865 when General Gordon Granger arrived in […]

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