Rachel Azark

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How To Experience Australia In Chicago

In the brutal cold, winter days of Chicago, the idea of the warmth of summer is an idea greatly welcomed. Some parts of the world though are enjoying summer while you pull on the long underwear, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. While expensive to get to Australia and not always easily attainable as a vacation, you can experience it right here in Chicago. Read on to find out where you can experience a little bit of the down under right here in your very own backyard.

02/18/2014

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Best Food Trucks At The Taste of Chicago

The city may have an affinity to food trucks occasionally, but alas they have been officially allowed into the Taste of Chicago this year. On one condition. They will be available at night during the nightly concerts only. Food trucks will be parked on the easternmost concrete path (parallel to Lake Shore Drive) with up to seven trucks selling entrees and desserts. Trucks will begin selling their yummy goods one hour before the evening concerts (4:30 p.m. for the Friday/Saturday concert prior to the 5:30 p.m. start and at 3 p.m. on Sunday prior to the 4 p.m. concert.) So let’s take a gander at some of this year’s food trucks.

07/11/2013

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Best Sushi In Chicago

You either love it or you hate it. But for those of you who love it, you just know when you eat good sushi. It’s tasty and the seafood is fresh. Here are a few places around Chicago that I think offer good sushi. The city is loaded with sushi restaurants, and everyone has their favorite, so share with us in the comments section what yours is.

05/23/2013

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Best Mini Golf In The Chicagoland Area

Spring weather finally arrived in Chicago! There’s no better way to spend a warm night or a lazy afternoon than a friendly game of mini golf. Oh, whom am I kidding, there’s never a friendly, competitive-free game of mini golf. Here are a few of the best places around the Chicago area to play mini golf.

05/15/2013

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Chicago’s Best Luxury Spas

April is Stress Awareness Month — are you aware of how stressed out you are? If you’ve been bustling around town, you might want to stop for a minute and take some time for yourself. Here in Chicago, the city offers some amazing spas to help check out of the real world for a while and take some much needed “me time.”

04/25/2013

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Best Chicago Blackhawks Bars

The Blackhawks have never been better, and therefore good tickets can be hard to find. But plenty of bars around Chicago can make you at least feel like you’re at the game. Join the other fans and go to these Blackhawks bars to watch the games and watch the Blackhawks skate into the playoffs. Cue Chelsea Dagger now.

04/10/2013

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Soup’s On! Best Soup In Chicago

Winter is taking its dear, sweet time leaving Chicago this year. In fact, Punxsutawney Phil was a downright liar. In the meantime, to beat the brisk weather we have, there are a few places around Chicago to warm up with some good soup. And even when it does finally warm up here, soup is the best way to beat the 55-degree office air conditioning blues.

04/08/2013

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See What’s New At The Adler Planetarium

Did you know that America’s first planetarium is right here in our own backyard? Max Adler, a Chicago business leader, founded the planetarium in 1930. And since then, the center has been a recognized leader in science education…

03/27/2013

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Guide To The Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center seems to be the little unknown gem in the city that is constantly upstaged by the world-renowned museums and Millennium Park across the street. But hidden within its walls are some amazing things that make it the stunning Chicago landmark that it is.

03/14/2013

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Best Bowling Alleys In The Chicagoland Area

“Let’s go bowling!” seems to be the response to every question ever asked on a Saturday night that revolved around wondering what to do. Bowling is a sport that everyone can play no matter how bad they are. It’s an even better activity for larger groups to just go out and have a fun time no matter what the score.

03/01/2013

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Best Pet Boutiques In Chicago

Did you know that February 20th is Love Your Pet day? Humans get February 14 for Valentine’s Day, so why don’t you celebrate your pet’s own special day of love too. In order to pamper your pooch on this day, there are many boutiques around Chicago catering just to pets. Pick up a new bone or a new toy and show them how much you love them.

02/19/2013

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Best Bread Bakeries In Chicago

When I think of really good bread, I picture Paris. Having the ability to pick up a nice, fresh baguette on your way home from work to bring to your family each night. The crunchiness on the outside and the softness in the inside is what makes it so Parisian. But in Chicago, we have to do without that elegance. There are a few bakeries here though, that are doing bread right.

01/31/2013

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2013 Guide To The Field Museum

The Field Museum is all about history, so here’s a little history about the Field Museum. The museum was first incorporated into the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as part of an outgrowth of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893…

01/10/2013

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Chicago’s Best Fried Calamari

Some might say gross to the idea of fried calamari, otherwise known as fried squid. And if you’re like me, you hear squid and picture the limp sea creature on the dissecting table in junior high science class. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – it doesn’t even taste fishy. If it’s it done right, it doesn’t have a rubbery texture (ew, gross) and is seasoned well and crispy. Here are a few places around Chicago, and one in the suburbs, that does calamari right.

12/20/2012

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How To Convince People You’re Not A Mess This Holiday

The difference between cleaning your house now and during spring cleaning is that you have no time to do the cleaning right now. Between Christmas shopping, cooking dinners, attending holiday parties and family visiting, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to actually clean your house. But it still needs to get done, because the family is arriving any minute and you’re hosting a huge holiday party. What to do? That’s where cleaning services come in handy, so you can make it look like you had all the time in the world to get the cleaning AND the cooking done.

12/04/2012

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Date Night Guide To Lincoln Square

The following reasons are why you’re in need of a date night: you snagged a first date, you need a night out to get away from the kids because they’re driving you bonkers, because your “date night” in front of the TV with your latest Netflix movie isn’t cutting it anymore with your significant other…

11/27/2012

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The Great Lakes Skydiving Experience

First of all, it was not my idea, it was my friend’s. However, find a skydiving deal on a site like Livingsocial. We found our deal on Livingsocial for $139 for one tandem skydive. Great Lakes said that probably 90 percent of their business comes from deals like the one we found…

11/07/2012

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Chicago’s Gourmet Caramel Apples

Nothing screams fall like crunching into a delicious caramel apple. There are a few places around Chicago, and one just a little further, to satisfy this craving that comes at this time of year. They also make great hostess gifts, or a dessert if sliced…

10/23/2012

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Best Corn Mazes in Northern Illinois

Corn mazes don’t need to be Children of the Corn scary unless it’s at night. Then maybe it might be a little spooky… However, the corn mazes that are in Chicago are part of Corn Mazes America. Corn Mazes America offers corn maze designing and cutting services to help farms create for-profit mazes. Who knew designing corn mazes could be so profitable?

10/09/2012

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Best Darn Apple Cider Around Chicago

Nothing screams fall like apples! And when the weather starts to get a bit chilly, nothing warms us up like a hot cup of apple cider. Whether you find you need a mug while you’re out apple picking in the suburbs or just stopping to get one in the city, these places are offering up some of the best.

10/04/2012

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