Seasons 52 is one of my favorite restaurants, not only for its flavorful food, but for the fact that each dish is under 475 calories and still tastes great. And don’t miss the mini indulgences—t...

Long Grove Fests & restaurants

Like clockwork, the next Long Grove fests are coming: Chocolate fest: May 15-17 Strawberry fest: June 26-28 Apple fest: September 25-27 I strongly suggest checking out nearby restaurants for some deli...

Lion dance at Chinese New Year

View image | gettyimages.com Chicago’s Chinese New Year just keeps growing, so your best bet to celebrate isn’t just in Chinatown. Be sure to stop by The Shops at North Bridge through Marc...

Goodman Theatre

If you’re afraid you’ve missed out on Chicago Theatre Week, think again. It’s expanded this year to February 22, 2015, with more theaters and options. $15 and $30 ticket options abou...

View image | gettyimages.com Admittedly, I’m rare among female friends for an interest in automobiles. I love the sleek looks,  and, well, speed. But truthfully, I’n not the only one who f...

Birthday deals

Whether your birthday’s next week or in another 364 days, good deals can be snagged with just a little effort. Below are favorites and some new ones. Remember to use your email newsletter throwa...

Chase the chill away with an indoor, winter version of SummerDance, Chicago WinterDance 2015. You can be any age or skill level to participate, and dance lessons are free, followed by music and dancin...

Whether you’re just repainting your condo or replacing the past owner’s awful taste in flooring, home improvement projects are popular with Thriftistas. But it can be a daunting process to find what y...

Long Grove Fests & restaurants

Like clockwork, the next Long Grove fests are coming: Chocolate fest: May 15-17 Strawberry fest: June 26-28 Apple fest: September 25-27 I strongly suggest checking out nearby restaurants for some deli...

Don’t miss free days at Chicago’s world-class museums — a great way to show off the city to out-of-town friends, or just get out of the cold. View image | gettyimages.com Free museum days ...

Seasons 52 is one of my favorite restaurants, not only for its flavorful food, but for the fact that each dish is under 475 calories and still tastes great. And don’t miss the mini indulgences—t...

The ingredients

Every winter I get the urge to cook and bake — hibernate and cozy up with a great meal. Of course, work, friends, family, and, well, life gets in the way. Every so often, though, I try to make it a pr...

Birthday deals

Whether your birthday’s next week or in another 364 days, good deals can be snagged with just a little effort. Below are favorites and some new ones. Remember to use your email newsletter throwa...

Goodman Theatre

If you’re afraid you’ve missed out on Chicago Theatre Week, think again. It’s expanded this year to February 22, 2015, with more theaters and options. $15 and $30 ticket options abou...

Don’t miss free days at Chicago’s world-class museums — a great way to show off the city to out-of-town friends, or just get out of the cold. View image | gettyimages.com Free museum days ...

Riverwalk Fine Art Fair 2014

Since 1986, the Naperville Art League has held the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, which is a free art exhibition held along Naperville’s riverwalk.  In 2014, this fair will be held on 20-21 September....

Woot!  Chicago has another year of Shakespeare in the Park! The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is hosting Shakespeare in the Park.  This year, they will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  One of m...

chicago cultural center

The Chicago Cultural Center is not a hidden gem, but probably an underused gem in Chicago. And it has some of the best and ongoing free features any Thriftista should know about: Free WIFI in the larg...

Daphne by Dessa Kirk

  Chicago has a lot of outdoor sculptures (which means large and FREE!).  There are the obvious:  the Bean, the Picasso in Daley Plaza, the lions in front of the Art Institute.  Then there are so...

Lion dance at Chinese New Year

Chicago’s Chinese New Year has always been a festive, fun (and usually frigid) way to bring in the new year. Finish it off with a stop for dim sum (Phoenix and Three Happiness are perennial pers...

Birthday deals

Whether your birthday’s next week or in another 364 days, truly good deals can be snagged with just a little effort. Below are favorites and some new ones. Remember to use your email newsletter ...

Shakespeare

Last year we featured The Shakespeare Project’s free readings in the city and suburbs. They’re back this year with three fabulous selections: The Fair Maiden of the West Friday, January 17...

Chase the chill away with an indoor, winter version of SummerDance, Chicago WinterDance 2015. You can be any age or skill level to participate, and dance lessons are free, followed by music and dancin...

Don’t miss free days at Chicago’s world-class museums — a great way to show off the city to out-of-town friends, or just get out of the cold. View image | gettyimages.com Free museum days ...

For 25 years, Long Grove has held their Arts Fest. For 2014, it will be held on August 16-17.  Looks like it will be lots of artists to view, and if they offer wine too– enjoy! I suspect it won&...

Woot!  Chicago has another year of Shakespeare in the Park! The Chicago Shakespeare Theater is hosting Shakespeare in the Park.  This year, they will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  One of m...

chicago cultural center

The Chicago Cultural Center is not a hidden gem, but probably an underused gem in Chicago. And it has some of the best and ongoing free features any Thriftista should know about: Free WIFI in the larg...

Daphne by Dessa Kirk

  Chicago has a lot of outdoor sculptures (which means large and FREE!).  There are the obvious:  the Bean, the Picasso in Daley Plaza, the lions in front of the Art Institute.  Then there are so...

Goodman Theatre

Started last year, Chicago Theatre Week is a great way to experience Chicago’s thriving theatre scene at a fraction of the usual cost. Running February 11-16, 2014, tickets can be $15-30 or less...

View image | gettyimages.com Chances are, if you’ve gotten new goodies this holiday season, you’ve got a lot of stuff to toss, too. But rather than trash it (SO ecologically irresponsible,...

Chicago Bride Magazine is hosting a Bridal and Fashion Show Expo in October 2014.  Advance tickets are free, and must be reserved in advance.  [If not reserved in advance, tickets are $10 at the door....

Lion dance at Chinese New Year

Chicago’s Chinese New Year has always been a festive, fun (and usually frigid) way to bring in the new year. Finish it off with a stop for dim sum (Phoenix and Three Happiness are perennial pers...

Local farming and fresh, organic ingredients have been buzzworthy for a few years now, and there’s no time like the present to learn about the nitty gritty: cheesemaking, making preserves, findi...

Black Friday seems to start earlier every year—before your pumpkin pie is even ready, the stores are open! A number of retailers, including WalMart, Target and others are opening at 8 or 9pm on Thanks...

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