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Three Weeks in Six Cities: Looking Back on “The Before Times” thumbnail

Wanderland Workshops are here! Don’t miss our very first, a Travel in 2021 Workshop on Thursday, February 11th 2021, from 5-7PM EST! Where we’re at: I’m recapping my travels in 2020, including this criss-cross of my home country from January through February 2020.  It’s almost unimaginable in our current state of the world: In just three weeks…

The Great Escape: Months 101 + 102 + 103 thumbnail

Where we’re at: I’ve wrapped up blogging the fourth quarter of 2019, of which this is a huge roundup. What a weird time to look back on. These first three months after losing my mom were, largely, a fog. I guess much of the year was. As the world transitioned from fall into winter, I started…

Chicago By Mat, By Board, and By Rooftop thumbnail

The black hole of content from August of 2016 to April of 2017 — when I jumped forward to blog the summer of 2017 as it was happening — have been haunting me. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to catch up on them! I can’t wait to turn my detailed notes…

Wedding Bells in the Windy City thumbnail

It’s become somewhat of a tradition now — when a close friend or a family member sets a wedding date, I get a text within seconds of the ink drying on the contract. You’re the first to know, they’ll tell me, considering my crazy calendar — so you better be there! How could I not comply…

Eating Our Way Through Chicago thumbnail

You’ve got to love a city where you can fiercely debate the merits of various pizza styles, go from sand to skyscrapers in moments, and celebrate holidays with such ferocity that you dye your river to match it. I’m talking, of course, about Chicago — though I must admit it’s taken me a while to appreciate…