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How to … bike to work

There are only a couple days left of Chicago’s Bike to Work Week, but plenty of people commute this way year-round. Here’s how to get started: 1. Get a bike that fits you. Not too nice, not too crappy. If it’s expensive and you can’t keep it inside while you’re at work, it very well […]

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How to … refresh yourself

(With apologies to Madonna.) Granita, an exquisitely refreshing frozen treat, requires neither an ice cream machine nor, frankly, very much work—put it in the freezer and, when you feel like it, stir. The booze in this cucumber variation is optional but advisable: it prevents the granita from freezing too firmly, and it lends the mixture […]

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How to…unstick a paint-stuck window

Have you noticed every restaurant in your neighborhood piecing together whatever kind of makeshift outdoor patio the city will allow? Have you been checking out all the delighted people cruising around on their bikes? Have you made at least one trip to the Tastee Freez? Believe it or not, that yellowish bulb floating above your […]

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How to Start a Beehive

When Barack Obama visited Chicago last week, the outgoing mayor—an urban naturalist named Richard M. Daley—talked to him about some ideas he was kicking around for retirement, including beekeeping. Beekeeping? During his tenure, Daley was moved to install a City Hall rooftop garden that included beehives, whose presence threatened him with more of a sting […]