Articles By: Erin Nederbo

Erin Nederbo
Erin is a current writing major at Columbia College and a native of Chicago's Jefferson Park. Surrounded by Cubbie blue, she is often hassled by friends for being a White Sox fan. During winter, she keeps warm by eating Italian beef, dreaming of 16 inch softball, and reading Sandra Cisneros. Her creative writing can be found in Hair Trigger 33 Magazine.

5 Kickass…Chicago Brunches

After a Saturday night out, there’s no better way than brunch to cure that Sunday hangover. Whoever came up with the option [...]

Hamburger Mary’s Drag Queen Ham-BINGO

As Velicity Metropolis, the boisterous blonde drag queen and host of Hamburger Mary’s weekly Bingo, will be sure to tell you, this really isn’t your grandma’s church basement Bingo.

The Village Discount Outlet: A Thrifter’s Survival Guide

Shopping here is time consuming, but well worth it. And like all good thrift store shopping, it requires patience and the ability to leave your sense of smell at the door.

The Chicago Public Library

What makes the Chicago Public Library so special? A whole flipping lot!

Wells on Wells (Bar, Old Town)

Wells on Wells is a fairly low-key bar, with two flat screens, plenty of tables and a proudly displayed Iowa Hawkeyes flag.

Chic-A-Go-Go: Chicago’s Dance TV Show

Chic-A-Go-Go: Chicago’s Dance TV Show

Chic-A-Go-Go is a children’s television dance show that’s a hybrid between American Bandstand and Soul Train. This year, Chic-A-Go-Go celebrates its 15th anniversary.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.

Casino Day Trips

Casino Day Trips

I like to gamble. There, I said it. So, why not grab grandpa or grandma and enjoy an entire day mesmerized by the slot machine’s neon lights? Who knows, you may leave not only hearting to win, but, actually winning.

Old Orchard Shopping Mall

Old Orchard Shopping Mall

Old Orchard may be outside the city, but with FREE parking lots and all the mall’s restaurants and stores located within a very leisurely and walkable distance, it’s worth a trip.

The Coffee and Tea Exchange

Open since 1975, The Coffee and Tea Exchange is a coffee and tea drinker’s paradise.

Uncle Fun: A Toy Store for Everyone

Uncle Fun: A Toy Store for Everyone

Uncle Fun is not your typical Toys R’ Us. It’s a gag gift utopia filled with nostalgic trinkets that kids, and the kid in all of us, can enjoy.

Brew and View at the Vic

Four days a week the Vic transforms itself from a concert venue into Brew and View, a cozy movie theater with a full bar and menu. $5 for a double feature — um, yes please!

Phyllis’ Musical Inn (Bar, Wicker Park)

Don’t let the exterior of this little Wicker Park bar discourage you. Inside you’ll find a collection of friendly faces, cheap beer, and good music.

Chicago’s Chinatown: An Ethnic Enclave

Chicago’s Chinatown: An Ethnic Enclave

Chinatown is a neighborhood worth exploring — spend a day under the Wentworth Arch and enjoy the offerings of Chinatown Square.