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Marijuana in Prescription BottleThe time for fully legalized marijuana in Illinois is almost here. We now have a governor who supports it, state legislators pushing bills, and a public that has overwhelming support. But what does that mean for the average citizen of the state? Will it be the paradise that others have predicted? Will it be the first step toward the road to immorality? We can pretty safely say no to both of those questions, but there are some pros and cons. Let’s take a look at what lies in store for us as we walk down the path.

Soldier Field in the morningThe offseason can really make or break a team. The Chicago Bears had an amazing year, but the 2019 year for them begins long before the first snap. To go from last in the division to first is an impressive feat. Hosting the first playoff game at Soldier Field in over a decade is also something to hang your hat on. But no one reports to work at Soldier Field as if their job is done. The know the rest of the NFL isn’t going to lay down.

Beer IconChicago has earned its reputation as a city that embraces alcohol. During the Prohibition era we had Al Capone and going back even further than that, into the 1800’s, we had a booming Vice District where the spirits flowed like water. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the city now has a thriving craft beer industry. It was only a matter of time before we added our own unique flair. Check out what our local brew masters have been up to, it’ll bring a smile to your face.

2019 small iconThere’s so much to do in Chicago you can stay busy for 10 lifetimes. From sports to the opera, and night clubs to museums, we do it all and we do it all extremely well. But you can’t just run out on a moments notice and do whatever you want. Some events are so big that you have to plan in advance. Check out these 4 events that can really get your 2019 on the right track and start planning for them now. By the time they get here, all you’ll have to do is lay back and soak up the good times.

UIC BSB BuildingHigher education is a source of pride in America. We have some of the best universities in the world and we take pride in having a highly educated population. UIC is a shining example of what it means to blaze a path in your field for others to follow., they’re literally changing the face of higher education as we know it. As a public, land-grant, research 1 university, they have shown what is possible when you put your mind to it. From the STEM fields to the Arts and Humanities, UIC has shown they are a force to be reckoned with. A world class education in a world class city isn’t something many can offer, but UIC does it it with a smile. Find out how they’re changing the world one young mind at a time.

Date Night neon sign on brick wallMaking time to spend with the ones we love is one of the greatest joys in life. Over the holidays, romance is in full bloom as we snuggle up in front of the TV and enjoy an evening with that special someone. But just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean we should forget about feeding that romantic flame and going back to the dull grind of the work day. Chicago is a great big place, with a million and one things to do, so there’s never and excuse for being bored. Grab that person who means so much and get out for a night of adventure with these recommendations.

Chicago Bears Small Flag2019 is the Year of the Bear. The Chicago Bears were last in the division in 2017. In 2018 they won the division and hosted the first playoff game at Soldier Field in many, many years. They’re young, hungry, and ready to put the rest of the league on notice. With a head coach that now has a year experience and a quarterback that is growing by leaps and bounds, the future is so bright that it’s blinding. Lead by a defense that is so dominant they can crank up the volume and start to score points themselves when the game is on the line, the Monsters of the Midway are back in a big way.

Steak on the GrillEvery city has a food that it’s known for; Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, Bagels in New York, Po’Boys in New Orleans…the list goes on and on. Chicago isn’t an exception, except for the fact that it’s known for more than one, we’ve got Steak and Pizza pretty much locked up. I know New Yorkers like to think they have claims to pizza, but everyone in Chicago knows that isn’t the truth! So check out these amazing places where you can experience just why and how Chicago earned the right to hold up the trophy for both of them.

Gin cocktail on rooftop bar The warm weather is here and rooftop season in Chicago is upon us! One of the most cherished outings of Summer time in Chicago is the roof top bar; a chance to sit back, relax, enjoy good weather and better company, and, if we’re lucky take in some much-appreciated scenery. Check out local favorites, trendy hotspots, or kick back in a quiet undisturbed part of town; Chicago’s rooftop scene has got something for everyone. Choose your own rooftop adventure today!

Whisky X WhiskyX is one of the premier whisky tasting events in the country. Enjoy some of the world’s greatest whisky with great food, music, and entertainment. Featuring over 60+ brands of whisky you get the chance to experience well known classics and little known prospects…all vying to be your new favorite. This is one of those events that you keep talking about to your friends!

Summer FunKick off your #SummerTimeChi early this year with these outings! Chicagoans from all over the city are shedding the cold weather gear and holiday pounds in preparation for the most exciting time of the year: Summertime Chi. It’s a time to come out of a long hibernation and experience Chicago and all it has to offer for everyone; from free-spirited to cautious adventurers, Chicago has a special way of catering to all our whims in the warm summer months.

Table full of brunch foodChicago has one of the best restaurant scenes around, it’s a world class foodie city. This summer features new brunch options that really stay true to everything the Chicago food scene represents. These 6 brunch spots show off the city’s diverse options, featuring everything you can imagine. From classic Southern food to the exotic tastes of Mexico, Argentina, and Italy.