Recent Articles
  • IL Originals: Optimo Hatmakers

    The Fedora, the Porkpie, the Homburg, the Top Hat and the Derby. If you have no idea what those are, then you need to get yourself into Optimo. It’s an old-school shop known for its takes on old-Hollywood-style men’s hats, both pre-made & tailor-made. Once you get a hat from Optimo, you won’t be able to go anywhere else. Optimo Hatmakers – 51 W Jackson Blvd – Loop –  (312) 922-2999

  • IL Originals: Transit Tees

    Transit Tees…it’s so much more than transit and tees. Inspired by Chicago’s transit system and the beautiful landscape of the city, Owner Tim decided to turn what he saw into original artwork on magnets, t-shirts, notebooks, pillows, etc. There is nothing like the brilliant and innovative designs Transit Tees’ artists have created. If you are looking for something to show off your Chicago Pride, Transit is it! Transit Tees – 5226 N. Clark St. – Andersonville – (773) 227-1810 Transit Tees […]

  • IL Originals: Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery

    With more than 30 years of winemaking experience, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery is the first winery in Chicago and the only producer of mead on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail. Being a mead producer, at Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery we raise our own bees and collect our own honey. For more than two decades, Wild Blossom Meadery & Winery has been a fixture in Chicago, creating wine and mead using locally produced ingredients.  The meads produced at Wild […]

  • IL Originals: Urban Billy

    American Made Awesomeness! It’s their slogan and they are sticking to it.  Handcrafted headboards, beds, chairs, tables & furniture for urban and rural living Barn wood, industrial, remade and repurposed style. Pick out a headboard and they can customize it to fit the space you have. The designs are genius. The original personality and grain is not lost during the handmade process which you can see at Urban Billy. Urban Billy – 4015 N Rockwell St – Horner Park – (312) 971-7121

  • IL Originals: Heritage Bikes

    Heritage Bikes is a combination of two concepts and cultures that go hand in hand: bikes and coffee. If you’ve never thought of it well…that’s why Heritage did. They are doing all the heavy lifting unless you want to build your own bike. There is a workshop where you can go hands on with spokes, axles and wheels. It’s a unique experience especially since Heritage Bikes is the first completely Chicago-made bikes. Heritage Bikes – 2959 N Lincoln Ave – Lakeview […]

  • S.E.E. Spotlight: American Sale

    With over 50 years experience, we at American Sale, are committed to providing your family with hand-selected products for Home Recreation and Holiday Fun. Whether it’s transforming your backyard into a beautiful outdoor retreat, or making your home a winter wonderland of holiday magic, we promise quality products to make your life at home the most enjoyable for you and your family. American Sale – 676 Amersale Drive – Naperville – (630) 276-7777

  • Day Trips: Indiana Dunes State Park

    Looking for a vacation location not far from home? Indiana Dunes State Park gives you everything from the beach to hiking and camping. Do one activity or do them all!! For the thrill seeker, challenge yourself to compete in the 3 Dune Challenge. Conquer the 3 highest dune trails in the State Park and there will be a prize for you at the end besides pride. Indiana Dunes State Park – 1215 IN-49 – Chesterton, IN – (219) 926-1952

  • Day Trips: Schoolhouse Shop

    Schoolhouse shop has extremely eclectic options for vacationers. Unique gifts, artisan foods, stylish clothes and more. This former Porter County Schoolhouse dating back to 1886 now serves as the finest shopping destination in the Dunes region. The Shop is open year round and has events from warming up with a cup of coffee during winter, or enjoy a delicious lunch on our wooded patio in summer. Schoolhouse Shop – 278 E 1500 N – Chesterton, IN – (219) 926-1551

  • Day Trips: Primrose Farms

    Discover 100+ acres of historic and modern rural landscapes or climb up on a vintage tractor near the fruit orchard. Exciting and educational activities await you in the farmyard! Drop-in programs offered weekdays and Saturdays: hand-milk a Jersey cow, gather eggs from the chicken coop, groom a draft horse, feed the animals or help in the vegetable garden. Primrose Farm – 5N726 Crane Rd – St. Charles – (630) 513-4370

  • Day Trips: St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats

    Get on the water with St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats. Cruise the scenic Fox River from beautiful Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles, Illinois. You’ll see the forest preserves, golf courses, parks and historic landmarks along the ride. Stop by for a daily afternoon sightseeing trips or reserve a private charter cruise for your next group outing or special occasion. St. Charles Paddlewheel Riverboats – 2 North Avenue – St. Charles – (630)584-2334