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Author Archives: Laura Pearson
Chicago Park District pools are drowning in rules and regulations
To take a dip, Chicagoans must navigate confusing hours of operation, byzantine swim schedules, and inflexible teen lifeguards.
Reevaluating why you stay in Chicago can be therapeutic
As loved ones leave the city, consider the pros of sticking around.
A beach read doesn’t have to be as light and fluffy as the sand
Add some weight to your summer lit list with new books by Chicago-based or Chicago-adjacent authors.
How to get on a boat during the summer in Chicago
Especially if you don’t own one (or know someone who knows someone who does)
A wondrous world of nature hides in plain sight at the Chicago Academy of Sciences collections facility
The natural history haven in North Center contains nearly 300,000 specimens that document the biodiversity of the midwest, Illinois, and greater North America.
Tiki collectors escape winter in their basement paradise
Say aloha to David and Amy Carter’s Tabu Tiki Room.
This Lego collector’s house is a world of stackable plastic bricks
Alysa Kirkpatrick’s West Ridge apartment serves as headquarters for her no-nonsense hobby.
Inside the former Hammond Organ factory, a marble sculptor has carved out an ideal studio
A tour of Jyl Bonaguro’s art studio at Workshop 4200, an enormous industrial facility in Hermosa
A coach house in Chicago’s land of mansions
The charming Kenwood art studio of Candace Hunter and Arthur Wright has a rich history.
For the visionary owners of VAM Studio, home is where the art is
Tour the whimsical Logan Square apartment of Vincent Martell and Jordan Phelps.
This Prince-themed Christmas lights display will help you get through this thing called life
A Tudor-style house in Park Ridge is a seasonal spectacle dedicated to the late, great Purple One.
Inside a puppeteer-novelist’s at-home creative workshop
Mary Robinette Kowal makes puppets and writes in a 1913 building in the Ukrainian Village.
Stevie Nicks reaches into her ‘dark gothic trunk of magical, mysterious things’
The iconic Fleetwood Mac front woman, clad in a series of shawls and capes, put a fresh spin on her stage show.
A home away from Humboldt House
The owner of the popular shop has an open-door policy at her well-appointed cottage.