Chicago Writers – Stuart Dybek

I was asking one of the regulars at the coffee shop I work at about his fiction writing. In describing it he made a comparison to Stuart Dybek. Living mostly in classics as I do, I wasn't familiar but added him to the list. As it would happen, the next day I stumbled onto a... Continue Reading →

The History of Mystery exhibit at the Kenosha Public Museum

Kenosha Public Museum - Kenosha, WI Okay, you'll have to forgive me. This isn't in Chicagoland but it was a very cool exhibit all about the development of the mystery/crime genre as told through art and only an hour or so away from the city! Looking for a mini-adventure we jumped in the car and... Continue Reading →

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch) – 255 Augusta St. Recently we headed out west to check out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. (Check out our posts profiling the main Oak Park Library and it's connection to Ernest Hemingway). The smallest of the three OPPL branches, the Dole Branch opened in... Continue Reading →

Volumes Bookcafe

Volumes Bookcafe - 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave A recent addition to Wicker Park, Volumes Bookcafe opened on N. Milwaukee Ave in the spring of 2016. It is a very clean, curated space that also includes a cafe that serves, among other things, delicious, delicious Metropolis Coffee. Started by sisters Rebecca and Kimberly George, the shop... Continue Reading →


Quimby's - 1854 W. North Avenue I am embarrassed to say I had never been to Quimby's over in Wicker Park until my good friend Kate recently took me there for the first time. As a punk rock kid growing up in the late 90s I would've dropped a ton of money here. Zines upon... Continue Reading →

The Armadillo’s Pillow

The Armadillo's Pillow - 6753 N. Sheridan Rd. Growing up my bedroom was the only place I felt safe. I spent hours and hours by myself, covering every inch of it with painting, writings, and all sorts of random things until it felt wholly and completely mine. It could not exist anywhere else or have... Continue Reading →

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