Articles By: Natalie Scheid

When Mattel manufactures your idol and your nickname is Barbie life can get pretty unreal. My favorite activities include cheering on the White Sox (I’ve been converting Cubs fans since 1986), meeting new people and writing on the rooftop with the skyline as my backdrop. You might be able to find me at the opening of a new hot spot, soaking up some culture at a local museum or art show, or enjoying one of the cities fabulous festivals. So…. catch me if you can!

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago’s famous fashion avenue dresses up in over one million lights for the 20th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this Saturday November 19.

Fiery Places to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks

Where will you be when the fireworks start popping off Navy Pier this July 4th? If you don’t want to be stuck in a tourist trap but still want to see all the action, try celebrating America’s Birthday at one of these five fiery places.

St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans

Throw on your Irish Drinking Team t-shirt, your shamrock shorts, your beads, your oversized green sunglasses, your leprechaun hat, your green boots… It’s CHI-IRISH MORNING-every Chicagoan’s favorite alcoholiday.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day holds a special place in the heart of Chicagoans, so start celebrating the Saturday before and join in some Irish Christmas cheer!

Valentine’s Day Dining Celebrations

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love — whether you’re celebrating love for a special someone, your friends, your family or your favorite drink!

Valentine’s Day 2011 Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day 2011 Gift Guide

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you don’t know what to give your Valentine, let us help you! Check out our 2011 Valentine’s Day gift guide, full of local treats that are sure to make that special someone smile.

New Years Eve 2011 Guide

New Years Eve 2011 is going to be one for the books and if you’re celebrating in Chicago you’re bound to have a spectacular night. UPchicago.com has created a guide to give you a glimpse of what your night could entail.

TopGolf Driving Range

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, TopGolf’s facilities and services just might help you become the next Tiger Woods… well, minus all the scandal we hope!

Perfect Halloween Party According to Your Personality

With so many creepy crawly clubs and boo-tastic bars, choosing where to celebrate Halloween this year could get a little scary. UPchicago.com has created this personality party paring guide so all you have to worry about is having a spooktacular time!

Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk

Amongst skyscrapers condominiums, historic hotels, and the hustle and bustle of one of North America’s most populated cities lies a place of serenity, and inspiration for global change.

Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory

On January 1st the Hancock observatory will open its doors to the public and invite you to experience Skating in the Sky. Show off your signature moves while gliding 1,000 feet above Michigan Ave and Lake Shore Drive all the while cozy in an indoor environment.

Kenmore Live Studios

What do you get when you mix the use of technology, a great location, scrumptious temptations, guest chefs and live audience members? A recipe for entertainment.

Chicago’s Green Roofs

Chicago has indeed earned the title of the, “Greenest City in the Nation,” with over seven million square feet of green roofs perched upon public and private property. Green roofs are springing up everywhere — check out some of them here.

Portillo’s: Another great Chicago dog

When it comes to Chicago-style hot dogs and really good fast-food, Portillo’s comes out as top dog.