Jenny Schooley

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Chicago’s Best Old-Timey Bars

Old-school establishments are some of my favorite city nightspots. While I’m no stranger to many of the newer bars lining Chicago streets, it’s the atmosphere of the city’s older watering holes that piques my interest. Before you belly up to the local bar, take a peek at what’s on tap at several longstanding Chicago bars.

03/29/2012

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Getting To Know A Chicago Musician: Tom Schleiter

Tom Schleiter knows a thing or two about Chicago’s music scene. The 25-year-old, who lives in Logan Square, is a professional songwriter and music producer. He got his foot in the industry while at Miami University studying sound recording. Bad City was his second band, which signed with Atlantic Records, made a record with Chicago producer Johnny K, and toured with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, and KISS…

03/15/2012

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Murder Mystery Dinner Parties In Chicago

When a friend asked me if I wanted to play a “real-life” version of Clue, I jumped at the chance. A dinner party that combines the board-game-setting with being a real-life sleuth sounded like a great solution for this grown up gamer.

03/01/2012

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Barn & Company: A New Chicago BBQ Bar

You can smell the smoker used at Barn & Company, a BBQ bar, a block away. The atmosphere is overwhelmingly fun! The layout is as big as a barn, the lighting is warehouse-bright, and the wood walls are adorned with pigs…

01/26/2012

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A Fun Night Out For Only $30

One reason I love Chicago so much is that a night out means endless possibilities. From doughnut shops to wine bars and comedy venues, I make a point to try as many spots as I can, while still watching my wallet. Take a look at my quest to hit the streets for good food and fun for under $30!

01/19/2012

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An Outfit For $40 (Shoes Included!)

The task was tough, which made it all the more fun. My mission to create an outfit for under $40 had me scouring the inventory at several of my favorite shops. This outfit excursion challenged my ability to locate cute clothes on a reeeeally tight budget. I skipped the accessories and went straight to the basics. I’ve wrangled up a three-piece collection.

01/10/2012

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Q & A With Local Jewelry Designer Laura Tanner Swinand

Laura Tanner Swinand discovered her love for making jewelry as a teenager. Now, Laura Tanner Jewelry (LTJ) is located just outside Chicago. I asked the designer several questions about what’s in for the season, tips for a few classic pieces to pair with any outfit, and more!

12/13/2011

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Must Have Gifts For 2011

Since the season of gift giving is here, take a look at some of the year’s top buys that drew in the shoppers, me included.

11/22/2011

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Chicago’s Unique BYOBs

I’m hooked on BYOBs. I’ll trade a $9 glass of wine for an $8 bottle any day. What an ingenious idea, and it’s even better when you nix the corkage fees. These locales offer a twist on the bring-your-own-booze concept. Check them out!

11/17/2011

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How To Dress For Your Holiday Office Party

‘Tis the season of holiday parties. As excited as I am to sip cocktails and devour appetizers, I’m even more wound-up about getting dolled up. Here are some ideas on what (and what not) to wear to your holiday office party.

11/15/2011

The Violet Hour

Shake Things Up: Five Unique Bars To Visit

here’s comfort in frequenting a bar that you already know you like. You can find me a couple blocks from my apartment, perched at a highboy by the window, pint in hand with my friends. But there comes a time to break the monotony and shake things up. I like these five bars for five very different reasons. Check them out and find a new place to call your own!

09/29/2011

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Q&A With Neighborhood Bar: Wells On Wells

There’s no diggin’ for reasons to visit Wells on Wells. The neighborhood bar is just seven years old and has become a cornerstone on Old Town’s bustling Wells Street. The bar succeeds for many reasons, and one is it’s a family-run business…

09/15/2011

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I’m Obsessed With… Belts

Belts! An accessory that should last and last and last. Find out which belts are in style this season…

09/13/2011

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Chicago’s Upcoming Fall Entertainment: Shows, Concerts & More

If you’re looking to add some entertainment to your nightlife read about Jellies and a few of Chicago’s other upcoming options!

09/08/2011

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Guide To Fall Wedding Dresses

Here’s a look at four great finds if you’re a fall wedding guest.

09/06/2011

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Chicago Street Style: Building Off A Bold Skirt

How to find a great skirt, and then build off of it! Skirt trends for the summer, what are yours?

08/16/2011

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Windy City Boutiques: Shopping Like a Tourist

I can’t help the occasional (cough) shopping spree. Just the word “shopping” rouses energy. And when summer arrives, so do my out-of-town guests. As my friends and family trek themselves to Chicago for a visit, the agenda naturally includes… shopping.

08/02/2011

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Best Workout Gear Must Haves

Are you a workout fanatic? Check out this go-to gear, great for when you sweat, that’ll make you look good too.

07/19/2011

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Cheers to Chicago’s New(ish) Bars

Six years ago I moved to the city. My cousin Carol moved here at the same time, and we ventured out together every Friday night to a restaurant we’d never been to before. At the time, that included pretty much every one in the city. Bellies full and cocktails in hand, we sat and laughed, enjoying the experience of trying something new. Here are five of the latest bars to check out.

07/14/2011

Beach Heat

Best For The Summer: Must Have Beach Accessories

Just head East this summer. Chicago’s 33—yes 33!—beaches span the Lakefront and offer an urban retreat for those looking to unwind in the sun. Part of your beach-bound fun is the style you sport – straw, stripes, and puka shells included! Start simple and build on a classic bikini with eclectic accessories.

07/05/2011

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