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Posts from June 2014

A Shave and a Haircut, Chicago Style

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 AM by Jamie Ludwig

Merchant and Rhoades

In recent years, men's style and personal grooming have become increasingly hot topics. As a result, high-quality men's barbershops are more in demand than ever. Still, for many men it can be hard to know where to turn for a great cut expertly executed in an environment that matches their sensibilities. Thankfully, for men traveling to Chicago or locals looking for a change of pace, the city has barbershops to match any taste, whether they run toward luxury pampering, contemporary style, or the traditional shave and a haircut.

Preview: Lollapalooza 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 AM by


Lollapalooza, August 1-3 in Grant Park, is one of the largest music festivals in the nation and one of Chicago's top destination events, with last year's installation reportedly drawing more than 100,000 attendees per day. Outside of the crowd and the expansive festival site, the size of the artist roster alone is enough to make the three-day, genre-spanning festival daunting and difficult to navigate.

Pride Parade

If there’s one thing Chicago has, it’s Pride. The beautiful rainbow kind, I mean. This weekend, Chicago holds its annual Pride Parade, and I’m about to explode with glitter. That’s because Chicago does Pride right — big, bold and, well, proud. In this, the year that Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage, we celebrate how far we’ve come and the amazing community that surrounds us. Here are five things I’m looking forward to this Pride weekend!

Weekend Alert: June 27-29

Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Julian Zeng


The gloomy weather this week has been a bit of a buzzkill, yes, but the forecast is projecting some hot, hot weather this weekend! Why not celebrate some true summer weather by getting outside and checking out these cool events around the city, including a race of dragons and some praiseworthy music. You won't be disappointed!

Top Picnic Picks in Chicago

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:00 AM by Matt Kirouac


Few things exemplify summertime noshing quite like a good picnic. Fortunately, Chicago is chock full of picnic-friendly parks and picnic-friendly restaurants and shops, the two essential ingredients to picnic perfection.

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