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.
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.
Seasonal Eating 101: Winter Edition

Think it’s too tough to eat seasonally this time of year? Think again. Radical Root Farm is here to guide us in eating fresh, supporting our communities, and nourishing ourselves—and the planet.
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.
Second Hand
The best Chicago resources for outfitting little ones on the cheap

Where babies are concerned, there’s no such thing as an investment item. They grow too quickly after all. Our advice? Shop the secondary market and buy used. It is the best way to outfit your baby in style while living green and saving it, too.
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.

Mano Y Metal
In a constantly growing corner of Desiree Castro’s living room, the Mano y Metal studio is a vibrant den of color: glimmering piles of unused or discarded metal, neatly hung tools and ornate displays of earrings and bracelets stamped with unique messages. Lit by the waning sun on a chilly winter afternoon, Desiree tells us how inseparable she and her business truly are. Read more

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.