What to Expect at Chicago’s Dinner in the Dark


Have you ever heard of a restaurant where guests eat dinner in complete darkness? What better way to elevate a flavor experience than by focusing solely on taste and smell rather than sight? I first encountered the idea in the movie “About Time” with Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, where the characters meet on a…

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Pineapple – My Future Tattoo??


Just kidding, I’ll probably never get a real tattoo, but it’s fun to dream. This tattoo artist, Mambo Tattooer from Italy, is crazy talented. He created this art style he calls “destrutturato” meaning deconstructed, where the colorful background is separated from the wide black outline, ranging from cartoonish to hyper realistic. You can see more…

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Holiday Lights at Morton Arboretum’s Illumination


Every winter, the Morton Arboretum in Lisle hosts a holiday lights walking experience at night, featuring thousands of lights set to classical and holiday music. This 1,700 acre outdoor tree museum just down the road from us is world-renown for the mission of collecting, planting and studying trees to preserve endangered species and spread awareness…

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Pineapple – Cozy Soy Candle


I wish you could smell this candle, it’s simply heaven with a zesty pineapple splash to keep me warm and energized during this chilly Chicagoland winter.

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Best Drinks and Decor at Santa Baby Bar Chicago


Gaudy. Over the top. More ornaments than you’ve ever seen in one place. Welcome to Santa Baby Bar. Located on Clark Street in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, this seasonal hotspot is just steps away from iconic Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Step into a North Pole wonderland of lights, parachuting Santas, and…

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Pineapple – Christmas Ornament Tree


This year, I threw out convention and had a very pink Christmas. My lovely collection of large and small pineapple ornaments didn’t make the cut for our main Christmas tree, but I couldn’t leave them in storage! This little white tree, tucked into a corner of our kitchen, was the perfect compromise. Click here to…

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A Very Pink Christmas!


Merry Pink Christmas! Growing up, I hated pink. No one could make me wear it or decorate with it, and I certainly didn’t appreciate that being “girly” was equated with the color. I was girly in lots of other ways! Setting aside my past opinions, I now see pink with new eyes. A delicate baby…

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An Offbeat Thanksgiving Dinner at Medieval Times


Since moving away from our families in California, we’ve cherished the generosity and love from our new friendships here in Chicagoland. These wonderful people have become like family to us, inviting us to holiday meals with their relatives and sharing their traditions so we never feel alone. This Thanksgiving, we had the option to join…

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Pineapple – Marble Cutting Board


One way I know pineapples will always be in style in some capacity is the popularity of luau parties. Not everyone can go on a Hawaiian vacation, but anyone can have a little luau in their backyard, decorated with colorful pineapple plates and tchotchkes like these. My favorite is this marble and wood pineapple cutting…

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Jack’s Pumpkin Pop Up: A Fall Selfie Paradise


Having experiences used to mean going out and doing things – watching a show, going to a dance, eating a meal, creating some art. Now, the concept of an “experience” has changed to mean…selfies. And lots of them. The backgrounds may change, but the activity is always the same; someone’s poor Instagram husband finding the…

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Pineapple – Blown Glass Figurine


This summer, I was obsessed with the Netflix show “Blown Away,” which is three seasons of glass blowing experts creating the most elaborate glass sculptures I’ve ever seen, competing for cash, the title of champion, and a coveted guest artist residency at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. To celebrate my autumn birthday,…

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