Articles By: Jamie Hansen

Jamie Hansen
I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. And I still love reading newspapers. After growing up in the suburbs I took a four-year Chicago hiatus to the University of Iowa where I majored in journalism and English. Now I’m back and ready to help you make the most of the Windy City. As Kanye says, I’m a Chicagoan until Chicago ends… but I wouldn’t mind a vacation home in Florida.

Casimir Pulaski

A uniquely Illinois holiday, Pulaski Day not only celebrates the man behind the name, but all of Chicago’s dense Polish heritage.

Cristin Kelly: Chicagoan of the Week

Cristin Kelly is a Chicagoan hell-bent on doing good. She doesn’t kill bugs, always leaves a penny without taking one, and—maybe most importantly—signed up and shipped out for a two-year stint in Teach For America.

UPchicago Field Guide, Chapter 2: Crossing the Street

I don’t care if you’re from Times Square or a town of 50 people, there is a right and wrong way to cross the street.

UPchicago Field Guide, Chapter 1: The CTA Bus

Urban living is an adventure. This manual provides information and describes basic techniques that will enable you to not only survive, but more importantly enjoy city life.

Oprah Winfrey

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey wasn’t always at the top of Forbes’ lists, but her big break came right here in the Windy City!

Al Capone

You’ve heard of the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on Clark; now learn a little bit more about how Al Capone ran Chicago in the 1920s and 30s.

Tribune Tower

Where can you see the Colosseum and the Taj Mahal in the same afternoon? Look no further than the Tribune Tower.

Shedd Aquarium

Travel the Amazon, go whale watching, touch a starfish, and watch dolphins flip — all in one place! Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is just minutes away.

The History of Chicago Newspapers

Newspapers in Chicago are far from gone, and neither is the debate over the Sun-Times vs. the Tribune.

Vince Vaughn

Funny man Vince Vaughn has made his name in Hollywood, but his heart remains in his hometown of Chicago!

The Chicago Flag

Sure the Chicago flag looks simple, but do you know what those stars and stripes really stand for?

Kanye West

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is a Chicago icon, repping the Midwest like no one else.

Metra Trains in Chicago: The Commuter Rail

Living in the suburbs but working (or playing!) in the city? The Metra rail system is a quick and easy way to get around the Chicagoland area.

Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower)

A visit to the Willis Tower got even better this year. The new sky ledges allow you to step out on to a glass box & look 1,353 feet down onto Chicago!