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13th May 2017


Currency Exchange Cafe: Support Local

After two months in Italy, I dreaded returning to the States. America’s political climate was unavoidable abroad as I was constantly asked, “What is happening in America?” Also, my hometown...



26th Nov 2016


Chicago’s Winter Wonderland

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in the second city. From the Christkindl market to the Polar Express, Christmas in Chicago is fun for all ages....



29th Oct 2016


Chicago: Spotlight Innovation

The Chicago Innovation Awards celebrated 15 years showcasing startups and the entrepreneurs based in Chicago making it one of the hottest startup scenes, second only to New York.  Tuesday night...



11th Jul 2016


If Chicago 2016 Olympics Happened, Police Brutality Would be a Global Security Issue

The purpose of the Olympics is to “contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination or any kind, in a spirit of...



08th Nov 2015


Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

The movie trailer was released and critics might as well thrown bullets at Spike Lee. These were not your normal movie critics.These were Chicago residents upset by the two minute...



26th Jul 2014


Chicago: What’s Going On?

I see all that is happening in my hometown and in the words of Marvin Gaye, I shake my head wondering, “What’s going on?” From education, the economy, and politics,...

Gritty City, Taylor T-Sides photo


24th Jul 2014


Branching Out in the Unhappiest City

After unsuccessfully trying to get a few articles posted on established publishing sites, I decided to branch out. I typically re-post my blogs on, which I like because most...



28th Apr 2013


Sweet Home Chicago

I am a Chicagoan born and raised.  I have fond memories growing up in the Second City.  The blues nurtured me, the city feed me, and the politics shaped me. ...



25th Apr 2013


Poor Chicago Indeed

As I read Rachel Shteir’s review of books recently published about Chicago, many emotions emerged. The overriding emotion was indignation. This woman must be a New Yorker. New Yorkers are...



26th Apr 2011


Mr. President – We’ve Lost that Loving Feeling

I believed in HOPE/Change and I’m left with disappointment. So much promise and such a letdown. I didn’t expect miracles, but I expected more than the status quo. I am curious about your...