Fun Stuff

Fun stuff, including Chicago Love Letters and UPchicago’s very own Chicagoan of the Week.

UPchicago Sweepstakes: Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to Metropolis Coffee!

UPchicago Sweepstakes: Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card to Metropolis Coffee!

Do you love coffee? (Who are we kidding, you need it to get through your day…) Do you love buying local? Do you love free swag? We thought so. Enter for a chance to win!

Top Chicago Instagrammers

Now that Instagram is hurdling toward the front of the social media race, here are some Chicagoan’s worth following.

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!

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.

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

Required Reading: The F***ing Epic Twitter Quest of @MayorEmanuel

The story begins on Twitter, on September 27, 2010, and goes on to explore the world of @MayorEmanuel. If nothing else, when finished reading this book, you’ll walk away with a deeper appreciation for coffee, Twitter, and five o’clocks on motherf***ing Fridays.

Bolf-A-Palooza 2011: Party with a Purpose

Each year our friends at Ultimate Performance Chicago host the epic throwdown known as Bolf-A-Palooza, benefitting Imerman Angels. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 1st at Quay Restaurant & Bar.

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!

Movies Filmed in Chicago: Adventures in Babysitting

They just don’t make ’em like they used to. The movies, that is. “Adventures in Babysitting” is a Chicago classic.

A Video Game Legend: Midway Games

From Mortal Kombat to NBA Jam, this Chicago studio had been at the forefront of the gaming industry for the past 20 years.

A How-To Guide to Being A Chicago Tourist

Millions of people journey to Chicago every year, but many have not done the proper leg work necessary to ensure a pleasant trip. Here are some pointers to make sure you don’t end up like so many Windy City wanderers before you.

Joe’s Barber Shop

This Logan Square Barber Shop is run by neighborhood guys, who support the local businesses and organizations around them. They add a personable touch that has created a never-let-down loyal clientele.

Movies in the Park

The Chicago Park District Movies in the Park series makes for a romantic date night or a fun relaxing night with friends.

This Tuesday… Party with a Purpose: Catch the Heat Wave!

Summer’s here, which means time for some patio drinking! Come out to the Heat Wave event hosted by Ultimate Performance Chicago… because what’s better than a happy hour that benefits a good cause?!

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.