Introducing Meili

Meili the French Bulldog… he is the best.

This 3-year-old pup spends his days traveling the globe… most recently the West Coast.

What a cool dude.

Overlooking the Valley of the Moon, on our road trip from Tucson, AZ to San Diego. This spot is somewhere in the Jacumba Mountains. Hot, hot heat and beautiful sights!
Photo taken after landing safely in San Diego, CA after a weekend trip to former home-base in Chicago,IL. Meili had a great time seeing friends and family, but is happy to have 4 paws back on the West Coast… Time for more adventures!

Spotlight: Dre Green, Only One

Listen up! Chicago, this babe is in your backyard…

This week, Dre Green released her debut EP, Only One. Dreamy vocals blended with poppy, r&b beats, reverberating whispers, eerie growls…she even raps a little in “Guarded.” There’s so much going on in the album and it’s all just so great.

Photo by Scott Kaplan

Her mesmerizing voice paired with kick-ass production work from fellow Chicagoans Jeremiah Meece (Lo-motion, The-Drum), The GTW and Supreme Cuts… it’s everything right now.

The track “Neymar Night” is one of my favorites, sexy and smooth, with the perfect input of voice quips, “Really? OK.” …and that G-major trail of at the end, totally seals the deal.

Stream and download the album on Bandcamp.

You can catch Dre Green performing a DJ Set this coming Monday, Aug. 25 at The Burlington Bar, 10pm. 

Chicago Summer is Official

Tomorrow marks the official start of Summer 2014. To us in Chicago, the weather has already climbed to over 90 degrees a few times this season… perfect weather for the many outdoor festivals and events that are set to occur in the city.

Patios are open and beaches are already buzzing with locals and tourists enjoying all that our city has to offer.

Here are our picks for spots to hit up tomorrow in celebration of Summer’s arrival…


Oak Street Beach – Lake Michigan is almost warm enough to swim in, and the sand volleyball courts are fresh. Sit outside and enjoy drinks with friends at the newly renovated bar and grill along Lake Shore Drive. They are open until about 10pm on any given day.

A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.
A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.

The Twisted Spoke – Looking for a rooftop to spend your day on? The Twisted Spoke in River North is your answer, with great food and drink specials. An edgy bar and brunch spot full of unexpected menu items and some of the best bloody mary’s on the planet! With veggies, deli meat and a beer side car, the bloody mary’s here could almost be a meal on their own.

A plate of tacos from Big And Little's Chicago Restaurant.
A plate of tacos from Big And Little’s Chicago Restaurant.

Big And Little’s – This newly-opened restaurant in Lakeview has a menu full of easy to eat and inexpensive items. Try out a few of the handcrafted tacos or a uniquely flavored burger. The newest location is on Belmont, near the red line stop. Complete with an outdoor seating area and a BYOB drinking policy, you never know what to expect–other than a happily full stomach.

Other Notable Locations include the Northern Hollywood Beach, if you’re looking for less-crowded day at the beach; Millennium Park, a go-to for tourists with a water feature to cool you off; Navy Pier, another tourist hotspot with a ferris wheel for great views; Museum Campus, even if you’re not planning on spending your money to sightsee indoors at the Chicago Museums, there are still plenty of sights to see on the lawn of the buildings- a great spot for people watching or sketching.

No matter what you choose to do with yourself, enjoy the first day of summer! Chicago has a lot to offer for all walks of life.



Chicago Street Cleaning Begins Today

FINALLY this winter is over… Chicago street sweeping starts today, so pay attention to street signs in order to keep your hard-earned cash.

After a brutal winter, Streets and Sanitation has launched an aggressive spring cleaning plan effective starting this week.

Crews will pick up litter and other objects along curb lanes while street sweeping trucks scour the main thoroughfares.

To ensure that the street is cleaned curb-to-curb, temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before the work is scheduled to begin on any street, a city news release said.

Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

To find out when your neighborhood is up for cleaning, check with your local ward sanitation office. Street sweeping requests can be made by calling or texting 3-1-1.

The WARE team is looking forward to the much-needed spring cleaning… now let’s work on these potholes.


The fine for parking in the way during a street sweeping is a minimum $50 ticket.
The fine for parking in the way during a street sweeping is a minimum $50 ticket.

Both temporary and permanent are in place throughout the city, these cleanings are scheduled to occur at weekly intervals- keep an eye out!


Warpaint in Chicago- This Week

LA-based Warpaint will be at Chicago’s Metro this Friday, March 28 with Britsh transplant, Cate Le Bon.

The girls have been on our favorites list since they first started making music in 2004. Hard to believe it has been 4 years since they’ve last been to the city, in 2010 with Zola Jesus and The XX at the Chicago Theater.

Chicago will be the fourth stop on Warpaint and Cate Le Bon’s International Spring/Summer Tour, as they make their way through the U.S. and Europe.

We LITERALLY can’t wait for Friday.

Warpaint & Cate Le Bon // Metro Chicago, IL // Friday, March 28, 9PM

Here’s a video of the girls performing the first single from their most recent album- Love Is To Die on the album WARPAINT.

THC Tenets: IL

Three weeks after the legalization of medical marijuana, the Illinois Department of Public Health has posted a draft of regulations online.

In order to gain the highly sought after medical marijuana license in Illinois, patients will need to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check and pay $150 yearly fee for a photo ID card.

A lengthy 48 pages, the cannabis regulations clarify exactly how the system is intended to play out. The department plans to open an informal public comment period before officially submitting the proposal to the state.

“We’re really excited about a really transparent process. It’s quite unprecedented for us to go through these steps,” Bob Morgan, coordinator of the state’s medical cannabis program, told the AP.

A nine-member advisory board was proposed to review petitions for adding medical conditions to the list approved for marijuana. The governor-appointed board would include a patient advocate and eight health professionals in the fields of neurology, pain management, cancer, psychiatry, infectious disease, family medicine, medical ethics and pharmacy.

Although the legalization is a step in the right direction, the IL laws regarding medicinal cannabis are among the strictest in the nation. Several mandatory, high-ticket fees will be associated not only with obtaining the medical marijuana registry ID card but also for the other requirements necessary to become involved in the process.

Additionally, there are detailed regulations dictating who can or cannot obtain a card, the latter including citizens with a concealed carry card and those who have been convicted of drug-related felonies.

State Officials expect a flood of applications once the process is set to begin. The state’s medical marijuana program website has already received more than 12,000 unique visitors and more than 2,000 people have signed up for email notifications about the program.

Pastoral Artisan

 Ideal for:

A quick sandwich pick-up.


Half boutique, half cafe. Lined with shelves displaying a selection of wines, spreads, pickled items and olives, this small shop resides on Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Adjacent to the full dine-in restaurant, the one-stop shop is a cozy option that churns out delicious sandwiches to-go.

They also prepare varying pastas and breads daily and have cheeses and deli meat for sale. Stop by for lunch or to grab a unique, Artisan gift for the foodie in your life.

While you wait for your sandwich order, stop by the olive bar for samples of the latest stock.

Our Menu Picks:

The Sinfully Healthy sandwich: Roasted local turkey, Fromager D’Affinois, mango chutney, whole grain Dijon mustard and field greens on sliced wheat bread. $7.53

Green Bean and Kalamata Salad:
Green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, and fresh thyme all tossed together in our red wine vinaigrette.
Quarter-pound $2.99, or $8.99/lb.


Bar Pastoral: 2947 N Broadway
, Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 472-4781

Lakeview: 2945 N. Broadway
, Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 472-4781

53 E. Lake, 
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 658-1250

Chicago French Market: 131 N. Clinton St., 
Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 454-2200

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