Bring the Cheer
10 Ways to Make Your Spirit Merry and Bright

Need a fast-track to holiday delight? Follow our—dare we say—brilliant advice for your jolliest year yet. We bring you ten low-cost, merry-making ways to have you fa-la-la-la-la-ing in no time.
The Christmas Kitchen
Three fun and festive holiday sweets

We step inside the kitchen of Chicago dessert blogger Jocelyn Delk Adams for three holiday recipes sweet enough for any soiree.
10 Reasons
We’re Thankful for Chicago

In the spirit of Thanksgiving—as we gather around the turkey and mashed potatoes to give thanks for what is ours—we count the many ways our sweet Chicago has made us proud.
8 Classic Films
Every woman must see

Tired of the same old, same old when it comes to our Netflix queue, we set out to uncover cult classic films to carry us through the gloomy days ahead.
Date Night

Chicago’s Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre takes on dating pitfalls in new work Message Me If...
Marvels & Monsters
Artist Amelia Kieras invites us into her strange new world

Amelia brings to life a million little mystical beasts and creatures—all with just a flick of her paintbrush. The Urbaness visited Amelia at home to talk imagination, starving artists, and what it’s like to be on the brink of something big.
Set the table with Art of Imagination

Yes, you can throw a fancy Thanksgiving fête without painstaking prep. While you tend to the turkey, we’ll dress your dining room to the nines with the help of Chicago’s Art of Imagination.
A new kind of bootcamp is taking the tech world by storm

Casey Cumbow never knew what she wanted to do with her life until a random Facebook post led her to an unlikely career: A junior instructor at the Chicago branch of Dev Bootcamp (DBC).
The Bookstore Tour
Our favorite independent bookshops in Chicago

This is the time of year we cozy up with a good read. So we turn to an Urbaness favorite, our Independent Bookstore Tour to help guide you in filling up your shelves this fall.
Behind the Camera
We sit down with Chicago filmmaker Corrina Crade

Chicagoan Corrina Crade is intent on giving women in film their due. The heart and soul of entertainment company CradeMade, Corrina is out to empower stronger roles for women—all the while creating and producing independent movies that bring females out from the set’s sidelines.
Advanced Style
50 gorgeous shades of gray

Lina Plioplyte’s eye-openingly original documentary Advanced Style showcases seven Manhattan women, aged 60 to 90, whose fantastic style is matched by their marvelous outlooks on life.
Fabulous Lady of Costumes
Molly Kavanaugh's philosophy for silly and subversive Halloween costumes

For Molly Kavanaugh, costumes are not a once-a-year outing: they’re art, expression, entertainment, and a way of life. With Halloween just around the corner we asked Molly to share her rules for creating an original and unforgettable costume.
Cheer Up Guide
Need a ray of sunshine? Leave it to The Urbaness' Cheer Up Guide for Gloomy Weather to lift you out of a foul mood. Even a cursory scroll through our ever-growing collection (a mustachioed rabbit, anyone?) is sure to get you smiling. Battle the gloomy weather blues one rainbow of macaroons at a time.

Save the Drama
Not feeling so holly-jolly? Chicago-based psychologist, Dr. Carrie Thomas, shares advice on dealing with adversity this season.
“Amidst the holiday rush, don't forget to take care of yourself. You may need to set boundaries with difficult relatives, take time to acknowledge and remember people you may have lost over the past year, or ask for extra support from a trusted friend or family member. Oftentimes people find themselves seeking out therapy during this time of year, or shortly after, because of the difficult memories or feelings that often arise during a season so filled with family and memories."

The Urbaness' Fall Reading List
This is a list of reads—new and old—to keep you enchanted during those brilliant sunsets as they approach earlier and softer. Think romance, times of war, butternut squash in your favorite rust-colored bowl and a leafy green blanket that barely covers your feet as you sink into these page-turners.

The Comedian
Co-Producer and founder of The Kate’s Comedy and teacher of The Feminine Comique, Kelsie Huff is a pee-your-pants hilarious stand-up and a poignant storyteller who is elevating Chicago’s comedic legacy. With cupcakes. And laughing. Meet Kelsie

Around Town with the Sportsanista
We hit the city streets with Mary Krosnjar, intent on sipping and sampling in style

Wine & Wise Words
“Drink to learn. If that was what school was all about, we probably would’ve been straight ‘A’ students, right?” The Urbaness sidles up to the bar to talk wine and women in business with Vera Wine Bar's Liz Mendez.