Some vacationers look for Marriotts and McDonald's, anything to uphold the status quo. Not me. I blaze into a city, a country, a destination looking for one-of-a-kind rarities, attractions I will likely have but one opportunity to see.
For the past few years, I have been reliving a youth spent in a world without the equivalent of the modern music mega-festival.
Conceived in the early '90s by Jane's Addiction frontman/ heroin-chic style pioneer/actual heroin user Perry Farrell, the festival was originally comprised of mostly rock/alt rock/grunge bands, and it was pretty cool. I
It's August. One more month of freedom -- if that -- before all levels of schools begin again. One more month for jobs to give way to a precious week or two, or even a long weekend, of summertime. What live music shows will make you think summertime?
We took on the challenge of figuring out your food, so all you have to focus on is getting your groove on. We scoured our database to round up the best grub in the area worth checking out.
The founders of PayPal, YouTube, Netscape and Yelp, who were trained in Illinois, left to start their companies in Silicon Valley. But a new generation of tech talent is staying here, starting new companies and helping to send a signal that Chicago has made a definitive cultural shift.
The beauty of public service is that it enables one to change the world through community involvement. The greater essence of civic engagement is that it allows people to begin taking a vested interested in the advancement of their communities.
Instead of pressuring myself to see the world, run a marathon or win a Grammy (as a mom to a toddler, I consider it a victory when I leave the house with clean hair), I thought I'd let myself off the hook on some of my least favorite activities.
From small headlining gigs to playing Lollapalooza and then curating this year's ATP, The Afghan Whigs are enjoying their time back together, which brought them to a sold-out crowd at Manhattan's Terminal 5 on Friday night.
September doesn't know what it wants to be. On one hand, it's a pretty kick ass month with beautiful weather that feels like a wonderful extension of summer. On the other, it's a turd of a month synonymous with the end of summer with a back- to-school buzz kill.
Many locals will tell you that summer is the main reason -- the only reason -- we stick it out through Chicago's long and brutal winters.
The measure of any emerging band seeking fame and fortune in America is the ability to survive any number of Armageddon moments on its first major tour. Or as the Dunwells like to refer to it, their "Lollageddon" incident.
If you caught hyped indie darlings White Rabbits at Lollapalooza last Sunday afternoon, you know that the band has the capability, much like good magicians do, of reaching into its bag of tricks to capture the attention of the crowd.
This year's Lolla-goers had a lot to deal with -- braving the heat, thunderstorms, and mud pits. Lucky for me, many a concertgoer still knew how to bring their style to the tumultuous Chicago weekend weather.
Shortly after 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell lead a heat-soaked and sweat-drenched crowd on a 75-minute-long journey that rivaled any act across the stages at Chicago's Grant Park.
From over-indulging on concerts all day to meeting photo deadlines in the wee hours of dawn, there was little room left to party during Lollapalooza weekend. However, I did manage to hit up a few major gatherings.