Chicago Like a Local Blog

Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: Sarah Garner

Sarah Garner is a local comedienne, writer, and generally well-dressed person. As a graduate of The Second City's writing program, she has written and performed in shows on Chicago's sundry stages, including Zanies, 3160, Donny's Skybox, Stage 773, and Mary's Attic. Hailing from the flatlands of Northwestern Ohio, Sarah is proud to have called Chicago her home for the last seven years. She is a staff writer for the women's blog and is so unbelievably excited to add Chicago Like a Local to her repertoire. Sarah's obsessions include, but are not limited to: fashionable hats, hard cider, cats, Amy Poehler, and Chicago-style blues. Follow her on Twitter (@SarahJGarner) or friend her on Facebook.

Get Down in Uptown and Edgewater

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner


To the North! One visit to Chicago’s Uptown (my humble home) and Edgewater neighborhoods will have you falling in love with the North Side of Chicago. Uptown and Edgewater have long been centers of entertainment and culture, ever since their boundaries were laid out after the huge housing boom in the area at the turn of the century. Today, they retain their reputation as two of Chicago’s most fascinating and diverse neighborhoods. I’ll show you some of my favorite highlights.

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!

Robie House After Hours

Chicago is famous for many things, especially its architecture. The Chicago area was home to architecture icons such as Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Daniel Burnham, but perhaps none has remained quite as iconic as Frank Lloyd Wright. Every Friday night during the month of April starting next week, Chicago will be treated to a night on the town courtesy of the brilliant architect.

Namaste: Being a Yogi in Chicago

Monday, February 24, 2014 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Yoga in Lincoln Park

Namaste, friends! I want you all to concentrate on your breathe while reading this post because you'll instantly feel calmer and we're getting ready for a trip around Chicago's favorite yoga studios. Yoga has revolutionized the way people feel about their minds and bodies, and Chicago is no different. While you're here, you can still maintain your wellness lifestyle at some of Chicago's outstanding studios!

One Week Left To Skate Away The Winter in Chicago

Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

ice skating

It’s February, typically that time when the excitement of the first snow has worn off and you’re ready for a trip to Jamaica. Friends, Chicago is still a winter wonderland, so adjust that Priceline search! The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cup Champs!) sponsor Chicago’s public ice rinks programs, and just like the team, the offerings are bar none. Here are my favorite ways to skate away the remainder of the winter.

A Guide To National Pizza Week in Chicago

Monday, January 13, 2014 12:00 AM by Sarah Garner

Pizza Lou Malnati

I want to kiss the evil genius that thought up pizza. My existential crises generally stem from the question, "Can one eat too much pizza?" The answer I've settled on is a resounding no, and I'm not the only one. Chicagoans go crazy for their pizza, and to prove it, another evil genius christened "National Pizza Week." In honor of this hallowed holiday running through Sunday - and in case you needed another excuse to eat pizza - I've compiled a list of Chicago pizza joints that will feed your addiction in the best way possible.

Chicago Christmas Tree

Tree at the Drake-The Drake Hotel isone of the most famous hotels in the world. It's the most adored of Christmas symbols, whose evergreen majesty has been the center of the holiday season for so many people. Why, yes, friends, I'm talking about the tree with a song all its own, The Christmas Tree. While yes, the one in your house is quite amazing, I have to say that Chicago is pulling out all the stops when it comes to bedazzled pines this year. Here are 4 Chicago Christmas trees that will knock your stockings off just in time for your own Christmas Trree's big day.

Fall Reading Blog
One of my favorite activities for this time of year is curling up with a book. Whether the light is coming through the window just right, or maybe the fire in the coffee shop is crackling in that super cozy way, reading is my favorite fall pastime. Looking for a new book to curl up with while you’re here in Chicago? Never fear, bibliophilic friends, Chicago is home to a variety of amazing independent bookstores that you might get lost in—I know I have.

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