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5 Tips for Buying Event Tickets

Check out these ticket-buying tips for travelers.

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Romance is in Bloom at BHLDN Chicago

Don’t worry gents, I’m still on the market. Yet you don’t need to be a bride to blush at BHLDN, the dreamy new bridal boutique from the Anthropologie family. BHLDN recently celebrated its one-year anniversary by opening its second retail location, and Chicago was treated to a romantic reception. The stunning 3,600 square-foot townhouse is a treasure trove of glamorous adornment. Between their place cards and pumps, garters and gowns, BHLDN’s attire and trimmings offer a multi-dimensional special occasion. The pastel swathed showroom of the first floor is bursting with lace, tulle, and chiffon that bridesmaids will be begging to re-wear. Glass cases display vintage-looking accessories with a curatorial air. It’s almost as if earrings and gloves were plucked from a flea market and showcased in a museum, begging to be bought.     Atop the winding staircase, angel wings hover over the whimsy of the second floor. Gorgeous headpieces, shoes, dresses, and baubles command attention, while the lingerie room lures you astray. Another nook allows brides to pull the perfect pinwheels and candlesticks to …

Dose Market Serves Up Food and Fashion in Chicago

If your Sunday routine includes sipping and shopping it’s likely you’ve heard of Dose Market. The monthly food and fashion market has been buzzed about since last summer and returns in its first 2012 iteration this Sunday. Billed as “Chicago’s most dynamic gathering of innovative fashion, artisan food and high design¹,” Dose assembles local artisans in the grand atrium of the River East Arts Center.   I attended the October Dose and was delighted with the vendor offering. It’s clear that each vendor is carefully selected for their unique, local, and well-made wares giving the event a curatorial air. Being used to mega-fairs and markets with many more booths, I made several quick laps before slowing down to visit each vendor. Although each Dose is busy, the intimate atmosphere and small selection encourages you to sample each stand, chatting with the “Dosers” and unraveling the story behind their brand, storefront, and wares. I discovered that Alaskan Salmon’s proprietor spends many months up north personally fishing for his offering, got home herb advice from the ladies …

The Newberry Library Book Fair

I’ve got nothing against eReaders. Encouraging people to read more is the goal, and I am all for whatever device accomplishes that. Friends of mine swear by their Kindles and maybe one day I will too, but for me there is something about the magic of ink, and paper, and binding. There’s a thrill in wandering through ceiling-high stacks, seeing books arranged on my shelves at home, and especially lending them to share with friends. The Newberry Library Book Fair is an excellent opportunity to scour the stacks for gems to fill your shelves.  Exploring the 120,000 used volumes on sale is akin to treasure hunting, and with 70 categories there is surely something for everyone just waiting to be found. Newbery’s annual book fair kicks off today at noon, and will run July 28-29 from 12pm – 8pm and July 30-31 from 10am – 6pm. Admission to the book fair is FREE. If you’ve not visited the Newberry Library, this is a wonderful excuse to check out the unique Chicago landmark. Established in 1887, …

Travel Toolbox – Pitchfork Music Festival

1. Le Tour Classic – Schwinn, $869; 2. BDG Raw-Edge Corduroy Short – Urban Outfitters, $39; Eyelet Crop-Top – Pitaya, $29; 3. Seaport Vegan Classic – TOMS Shoes, $54; 4. Barnoculars Binocular Flask, $19.99; 5. Ear Plugs, $2.99; 6. Neka Turquoise and Brass Clutch – Free People, $468; 7. tUnE-yArDs and Fleet Foxes Albums – Reckless Records, $12.99; 8. Vintage-Frame Crazy-Print Sunglasses – Pitaya, $10; Stila Bronzing Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, $32; Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8, $4 Pitchfork Music Festival Prep Pitchfork Music Festival is finally here! Don’t forget to pack these essentials as you head to Union Park this weekend. 1. Bring your bike to Pitchfork! Sponsored by the Chicago Reader, the Bike Lane provides 9,500 square feet of secure bike parking at the Corner of Ashland and Warren. 2. Rompers seem like great fest apparel, but bopping around in a one-piece is only fun and games until you’re four beers deep and face the prospect of undressing in a porta-potty (take it from the girl who flashed all of Comfest …