Articles By: Molly Tranberg

Molly Tranberg loves discovering new things in Chicago–especially all of its wonderful food. She is a freelance writer and editor currently working from her very comfy couch on the Northside of Chicago. Her dream is to one day ride a segway around the city and heli-ski in Alaska.

Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover

Transistor is one of those hard-to-define Andersonville stores. Is it a record store? A bookstore? With art for sale on every inch of wall and amps, instruments, and headphones on display, I had to ask—what is Transistor?

Pickwick Theatre: A Modern Jazz-Age Marvel

The Pickwick is one of the few remaining movie palaces left in Chicago still open and operating today. It allows visitors to revel in the glamour of the Jazz Age as they take in the latest films Hollywood has to offer.

5 Kickass… Chicago Karaoke Bars

5 Kickass… Chicago Karaoke Bars

Grab some cash to tip the DJs and do some vocal warmups, because readers, you’re going to have a hell of a time at any of these kickass Chicago Karaoke Bars.

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

The Redmoon Theater defines its productions as equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, acrobatics, and ephemera. They’re creating out of the ordinary, daring productions that surprise you, dazzle you, and take place in unexpected and new locations.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel often ended his interviews by asking his subjects, “What do you know for sure?” What I know for sure is not only that Siskel had a lasting effect on Chicago and on film but also that the center is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Division Street Bar & Grill (Bar, Humboldt Park)

Speckled with small tables and a few booths throughout, Division Street Bar & Grill maintains a relaxed atmosphere while supplying cheap beer and food specials.

Six Flags Great America

Just an hour outside of Chicago, Six Flags Great America is the perfect day trip for Chicagoans who need to beat the heat, relax, and let loose. And ride some roller coasters!

Medieval Times: Chivalry, Rivalry and Revelry All in One Place

Nestled in the countryside in the kingdom of Schaumburg, Illinois, lies a lone castle drawing noblemen and women, merchants and serfs alike to witness a battle of honor. They joust, they sword-fight, and they even eat with their hands.

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

Baby Wants Candy: A Completely Improvised Musical

With locations in Chicago, New York, London, and Edinburgh, Baby Wants Candy has spread musical and comedic joy to over 1,700 audiences.

Chicago Blues Fest

As the largest blues festival in the world, the annual three-day Blues Fest attracts over 500,000 music lovers and listeners from around the globe each June to hang out, relax, and sway to the tunes in Grant Park.

Ravinia: The Quintessential Chicago Music Festival

Not only is Ravinia the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. but also the number one outdoor music festival featuring classical music acts. No matter what genre of music you’re into, Ravinia boasts a three-month long lineup with over 100 musical events.

Shopping on Southport Avenue

Check out some unique Chicago boutiques on Southport Avenue. Go for a leisurely stroll with friends, taking the time to check out every window display and boutique.

Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival emerged from a few different events in the 1970s. The first Chicago Jazz Festival drew a crowd of over 125,000 people and has continued annually ever since.

Morton Arboretum

Fondly called a “tree zoo,” the Morton Arboretum is the perfect day trip for any Chicagoan looking to get back to nature — including sixteen miles of trails, nine miles of biking roads, forests, and gardens to provide hours of entertainment, recreation, and relaxation.