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This colorful coat is perfect for the chilly weather that seems to be here to stay.

Or you could just warm up with a pumpkin old fashioned.

Isn’t this guerrilla wedding at the Art Institute the sweetest thing ever?

I cannot wait for our table at The Dawson in a few weeks- it is definitely my most anticipated restaurant opening of the year!

Every single one of these treats look amazing and make me wish I was hosting something for Halloween.

Speaking of treats, have you been to Dinkel’s? We went there on Sunday, it was packed, I had an outstanding pumpkin donut with cream cheese frosting and I think it’s probably best that they make my Thanksgiving pies instead of me.

Speaking of balance, I made a version of this kale and bean burrito tonight and it was the perfect mix of comfort food warmth and nutritious virtue, with the kale and all.


Chicago Museum Free Days

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Chicago has some of the best museums in the world but to go to all of them will cost a pretty sizable chunk of change.  Luckily, you can score totally free admission if you take advantage of one of the “Free Days” listed below.  Weekend days, obviously, go early because everyone loves free but I’ve found that hitting up weekdays is fairly sans lines.


Adler Planetarium

May 12 & June 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Art Institute of Chicago

Free Thursday Evenings- free admission from 5-8pm through May 26th.  In June, free hours will move to the first and second Wednesday of every month with free admission all day long.

Chicago Children’s Museum

Free for Everyone: every Thursday 5-8pm; Free for ages 15 and under: First Sunday of Every Month

Lincoln Park Zoo

Free all the time!  Open everyday from 10am-5pm, you can check out some zebras, tigers, and monkeys (oh my!), all for zero dinero.  Nice!

Field Museum

Free Basic Admission: May 9th, June 7th & 13th, July 11th, August 8th, 29th & 31st

A Royal CTA Commute?

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The Art Institute of Chicago announced this week it has outfitted 50 train cars on the Red Line with “thrones” in honor of its exhibition “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France.”

CTA riders who post a photo of themselves sitting on one of these CTA “thrones” for a chance to win a “royal treatment” prize.

Winner will receive a private tour of the Art Institute for four, a copy of the “Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France” hardcover catalogue, and an overnight stay for two at the Palmer House Hilton.

To be eligible to win, riders must post the photo to theInstitute’s Facebook page by May 30. Official rules here

via Red Eye Chicago

How many times are the words “CTA” and “royalty” in the same sentence?  Anything to spice up a morning commute is brilliant in my book!

Sidebar: I wish the CTA would throw the Holiday Train on the tracks randomly throughout the year.  Man, I love that thing.  Although, I am sure the riders this morning on the Brown Line in between Southport and Belmont just wish the train would stay on the tracks