Chicago Gift Guide for the Foodies

The Top Chicago Foodie Gifts for this Holiday Season!

December 8, 2014
Chicago Foodie Gift Guide
by:
Kaleigh Glaza

Some of the best parts of the holiday season revolve around food (Thanksgiving turkey, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and more). So we’ve put together a gift guide for those Cheeky gals who truly love to cook and eat! With a focus on Chicago brands, this gift guide will have your mouth watering and provide ideas for seriously delicious gifts. For the Java lover: TOMS Thankful Blend Put a boost in your morning with a tasty drink for a great cause! You can write what you’re thankful for on the bag, and you’ll also be providing clean water for a week to someone in need with every purchase. For those with Chicago pride (like us!): Pastoral’s “Best …  Read more

Afternoon Tea in the City

Ditch the Noisy Bars for Tea Time: A Must-Do During the Holidays

December 2, 2014

Sometimes I think I’m part British–I’m absolutely lost without my morning Earl Grey tea latte. I have a small but much loved collection of tea pots. Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows, and going out for an elegant afternoon tea in Chicago is a must-do during the holidays. As much as I would love to serve a proper afternoon tea at my home for a group of cherished friends–and of course the veddy proper Dowager Countess from Downton–who has time to prepare all those exquisite tea sandwiches, crumbly scones, delicate cookies and pastries? It’s so much easier to go out, and of course, great fun to get all dressed …  Read more

Jillian Conley Dishes on Sex, Love, & Timing

Author and Chicago Personality Sits Down to Chat on Love, Her Latest Book and What's Next

November 27, 2014

“My career is where it is because of the lessons I’ve learned. I failed English and that inspired me to become a writer. I failed a relationship and that inspired me to write about love, dating, timing and sex,” said author Jillian Conley as we sat at Rise Sushi, sipping on pinot grigio, shaking off the fall chill. And write about those things she did. In her latest book, Loving Mr. Wright, Conley wraps up the novella series of Audrey Buchanan, a spunky woman who’s on the search for love. Failing high school freshman English was a true turning point in Conley’s life. When she returned sophomore year, Conley had determination that turned …  Read more