Articles By: Jackie Berkery

Jackie Berkery
With a strong phobia of cubicles and those three little words (“nine to five”), I am thrilled to be working on UPchicago from the comforts of my own couch at three o’clock in the morning. I love to write. I love Chicago. Hello, dream job!
The Chicago Pedway

The Chicago Pedway

Oh, the Chicago Pedway. What a perfectly unique quirk in this city full of surprises. This underground system of tunnels connects Chicago’s Loop, a fascinating and functional city below the city.

5 Kickass… Christmastime Canteens

5 Kickass… Christmastime Canteens

Looking for a place to get into the holiday spirit with friends and family? Check out these 5 kickass decked-out holiday bars!

Chicago Zoo Lights: A Holiday Tradition

Starting in late November, a Chicago holiday tradition will be unveiled at the Lincoln Park Zoo. More than a million sparkling lights fill the zoo, creating one of the brightest parts of a Chicago winter.

Pizza Art Cafe (Restaurant, Lincoln Square/Ravenswood)

Tucked into a residential street in Ravenswood just a few blocks from the center of Lincoln Square, this is the type of place at which I could see myself becoming a regular. It’s Italian. It’s BYOB. And it’s inexpensive. A triple threat in my book.

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means… ugly Christmas sweaters and peppermint schnapps, of course! But for those searching for a little intellectual stimulation and entertainment between the white elephant exchanges and ornament hanging, there is no lack of holiday theater options.

One Night in Chinatown: A Photo Collection

One Night in Chinatown: A Photo Collection

Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood on the South Side is one of the city’s least-appreciated yet coolest places to visit. Check out our visual representation of a night in Chinatown… then visit and experience it yourself!

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar (Humboldt Park)

With a focus on local farming, sustainability, and small-batch craft beers and wines, this Humboldt Park locale is a welcome retreat for the west side.

The Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

In its 53rd year, this mid-August exhibition is the largest of its kind in the country and draws millions of people from all over for its spectacular sights and roaring noises.

Studio Paris (Club/Lounge, River North)

A converted photography studio, this new River North bottle service lounge is the place to see and be seen in Chicago. Not to mention they have a retractable roof!

Liberty Lounge (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Liberty is the perfect mix of blue collar, hipster, and down home Chicago. It’s no-frills but warm, just the way I like my dives.

Music in the Park: Millennium Park Music Series 2011

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a summertime hub for music lovers. Chicagoans flock to the Loop every night of the week for a uniquely Chicago experience: great music in an even better setting.

ZED 451 (Restaurant, River North)

Located in the trendy River North, ZED 451 is an interesting dining concept, combining an upscale buffet with the table-carved meats you may expect at a Brazilian steakhouse

Marshall Fields – A History

Before boasting the big red Macy’s star, Marshall Field’s was a Chicago shopping staple. Check out the history of this famed department store.

The Beaumont (Bar, Lincoln Park)

Partiers flock to this spot as a late-night option, and you can expect patrons to be three sheets to the wind and ready to give their dancing shoes a workout.