Articles By: UPchicago Team

Urban Philosophy is a way of thinking that you develop when you’re a true city person. Whether you’ve spent your whole life living in Manhattan, or you just moved from small-town Iowa to the city of Chicago, the longer you stay, the more you come to understand what it means to live in a city. Our Urban Philosophy is that no matter who you are, where you are from, and what your likes and dislikes may be, there’s something for everyone in city life.

Stylish Looks by the Neighborhood: Fashions that Embody Every Corner of the City

What we love most about Chicago is that each neighborhood has a special flavor — hopping from one neighborhood to another can sometimes feel like you’re traveling to multiple cities in one day.

Holiday Shopping Downtown: Treat Yourself While Checking off Your Gift List

Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

Top Chicago Plumbers and Contractors

When it comes to plumbing, when the going gets tough, the tough call the plumber. You want to make sure that the person coming into your home is professionally trained, knows how to fix your problem, and will be sure to clean up any resulting mess.

The Best BBQ Joints in Chicago

Are you in the mood for some great smoked barbeque? You don’t have to head for Memphis for authentic barbeque – some of the tastiest sauces, unique flavors and fun atmosphere for barbeque are located in the heart of Chicago!

Chicago Men’s Style Guide

Whether you’re a self-diagnosed shopaholic or you live in fear of having to buy new clothes, men living in the Chicago area are in luck because there are a number of great stores nearby selling all sorts of men’s fashion items.

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day Three

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day Three

This year’s Lolla review wraps up with Day 3 highlights as well as a Food Recap and a Best of the Fest spotlight.

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day Two

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day Two

Lolla Day Two: Mother Earth kicks up a big storm, so does Franz Ferdinand!

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day One

Lolla 2012 Recap: Day One

Gene and Andrew tag-team Lolla again. This year there was no easing into the festival. Go!

Lollapalooza 2012 Preview

Happy Lolla everybody! Here is our Lollapalooza preview with our picks for what bands to see when.

Holiday Hangover: Party With a Purpose!

Holiday Hangover: Party With a Purpose!

Party with a Purpose — Come to the Holiday Hangover Event to benefit Big Love Little Hearts. Hosted by Ultimate Performance Chicago

UPchicago Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are creeping up on us, and let’s be real — most of us haven’t finished our shopping yet. Check out this collection of great local gift ideas for everyone on your list.

UPchicago Bar Crawl: Old Town

UPchicago Bar Crawl: Old Town

We are on a mission to perfect the art of the neighborhood bar crawl… and I’m not gonna lie, I think we may have accomplished our goal with this one. Good beer, good pub food, so-bad-it’s-good karaoke, and one member mysteriously disappearing mid-crawl? Yep, we’ve officially done it.

Winter Ice Skating Rinks in Chicago

Ah, ice skating. A winter tradition, and one of the only things that will tear Chicagoans from their cozy fireside cocoons before heading back for a cup of hot cocoa or cider. Whether you’re a novice or pro, getting out for at least one skate is a must.