The Charmed Life
Our tips for living well this weekend

Each week, The Urbaness brings you five fun, intriguing, and oft delicious ways to enjoy Chicago-living throughout your weekend.
Wearable Art
A Pilsen jewelry-maker puts a poet's words to metal

We’re excited to bring Desiree Castro back for a sneak peek into her new collection, a collaborative project with writer Ana Castillo.
Early to Bed
A women-friendly & sex-positive shop redefines 'passion project'

When Searah Deysach found herself frustrated in graduate school, she made the bold decision to leave and follow her dream: To open the doors of a women-oriented sex shop where all people could feel safe and comfortable exploring their sexuality.
Farmers Market to Table
The Urbaness gets cooking with Olivia Rehrman

Conventional wisdom suggests that professional dancers starve themselves to stay slender and fit. But food-stagrammer and member of River North Dance Chicago, Olivia Rehrman, tells a very different story.
Humboldt House
Bringing vintage modern charm to California Ave.

We stopped by Humboldt House to browse the wares and talk with Claire Tibbs about the path that led her out of the restaurant scene and into her own shop.
Samantha Irby
The Chicago writer & voice behind the bitches gotta eat blog

If Samantha Irby is a name you are unfamiliar with then I hope, for the sake of humanity, that you are reading this article.
Seize the Summer
Presenting The Urbaness’ summer challenge

Put the brakes on this fleeting season and join us in relishing the good life this summer. The Urbaness presents our first summer challenge, designed to guide you in slowing down and soaking up every ounce of delicious warmth a Chicago summer brings.
A Taste of France
Step inside the kitchen of Lincoln Park’s Floriole Bakery

Who needs a passport when we have a window into French-living right in the heart of Chicago? We step inside the kitchen of Lincoln Park’s Floriole Bakery to talk sweets, history, and inspiration with the brains behind it all—pastry chef, Sandra Holl
Bloodshot Records
It all started with a mixtape

The Urbaness visits the Bloodshot Records studios to talk to the inspiring woman who’s been promoting Chicago’s underground music for decades.
The Urbaness in the Kitchen
The 4th of July meets its perfect match in this summery dessert

Fresh, plump blueberries answer summer’s call in this Chicago blogger’s simple and sweet galette
Neighborhood Night Out
Discovering the hidden gems of Berwyn

Adventure off the beaten path to Chicagoland’s oft-overlooked Berwyn. To see all the town has to offer, we bring you seven excursions, all within walking distance of one another.
Bring on the BBQ!
Eight Hotspots for Your Summertime BBQ Fix

Chicago provides a bevy of restaurants featuring diversity in BBQ styles. Here’s a sampling of some of the foremost offerings in the Chicagoland area.
The Urbaness’ Summer Challenge
Put the brakes on this fleeting season and join us in relishing the good life this summer. The Urbaness presents our first summer challenge, designed to guide you in slowing down and soaking up every ounce of delicious warmth a Chicago summer brings. We have 12 must-do items that promise to make any city summer complete. Get the list here and join in on the fun.

WBEZ’S Natalie Moore
We sit down with journalist Natalie Moore to talk about her role with National Public Radio’s WBEZ, Chicago’s bad rap, and the importance of venturing outside your neighborhood.

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.

City Beekeeping by Bike
"People are becoming more interested in bees now, and people are seeing just how crucial they are in the production of most of the food that ends up on a dinner plate," says Jana Kinsman, head beekeeper at Bike a Bee. Learn more about Jana's urban beekeeping venture, and why she tends to her hives—spread out all over Chicago—by bike and trailer.

In Style
We’ve called in stylish city girl, Lauren Chu to show us the ropes of bringing back the classic black for autumn. Here she pulls together three looks to cover you from date night to girls' night to a day spent in exploring in the city. See her outfits.

Girl Forward
The Urbaness sits down with GirlForward's founder Blair Brettschneider to learn how one Chicago woman is bringing opportunity, education, and friendship to the city's young female refugees.