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I am a 20-year old Columbia College Journalism student. I love dogs, food and writing. I like to write about things happening in Chicago, as well as editorial pieces. I love to travel and meet new people, share experiences and get out in the world!
PETA Protests Outside Chicago Hermès Store

PETA Protests Outside Chicago Hermès Store

Protestors took to the streets last Tuesday afternoon in front Chicago’s Hermès fashion store, located in the downtown shopping district, to protest the brand’s use of reptile skin in their new line of bags and wristwatches. According to a press release by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, the group was […]

New Pride Parade Rules to be Tested as Community Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling

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New Pride Parade Rules to be Tested as Community Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling

Against the backdrop of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision Friday that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry, the 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade will kick off this weekend in the Lakeview neighborhood and residents can expect an especially raucous and prideful celebration. Justice Anthony Kennedy, typically the court’s swing vote, broke […]

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BucketFeet Shoes Plans to Grow Bigger in Bucktown

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BucketFeet Shoes Plans to Grow Bigger in Bucktown

When Raaja Nemani decided to quit his job to go backpacking in South America, he thought he was taking a break from his career, not beginning a new one. But when Nemani was in Argentina, he bought a custom- made pair of shoes from artist Aaron Firestein, and thus began the next phase of both […]

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Vinyl Collectors Flock to CHIRP Record Fair

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Vinyl Collectors Flock to CHIRP Record Fair

Music and intense scuffling filled the Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington Ave. in West Town on Saturday, April 11. The hall was taken over by vinyl music lovers of all ages for the 13th annual CHIRP Radio Record Fair, hosted by CHIRP radio, the local indie music station. The fair offered more than just […]

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O’Connor Opposes new Medical Marijuana Dispensary Near Superdawg Drive-In

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O’Connor Opposes new Medical Marijuana Dispensary Near Superdawg Drive-In

Ald. Mary O’Connor (41st) vowed to oppose a medical marijuana clinic seeking to open near the Superdawg Drive-In located on Chicago’s Northwest Side even though one of the owners of the popular Chicago hot dog joint is open to the idea. The Union Group of Illinois is looking to open the stand on a vacant […]

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More Puppets in Chicago, Please

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival made its inaugural appearance for two weeks in the Windy City. It was an exciting new event that was open to all age groups and brought different forms of theater puppetry from all over the world. The festival is the first of its kind to come to Chicago, sponsored by […]

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