Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Air from the slipping polar vortex is sidling our way! 
Here are tips on how to stay warm this icy Chicago winter.

First of all cover up! Your neck is full of blood vessels that are close to your skin, and you'll lose just as much heat from an uncovered neck as an uncovered head. Also, when your hands are cold it signifies that your entire body needs more warmth. Wear good silk glove liners under a wool insulation layer for the best protection.

Next you should layer up! Each layer that you wear traps its own layer of air, which then provides insulation. The Base layer keeps you dry so that your sweat doesn't reduce your ability to hold warmth. Merino has some nice wool base layers. Mid layers are your bulky wool, down, or felt insulation. Insulation maintains your temperature, so it would be wise to warm up before putting all your layers on. Last of all is the shell. This layer keeps off rain, wind, and snow. L.L. Bean makes a nice 3 in 1 jacket, with a combination of all the layers. 

The staff at Ray's hopes that you are keeping warm out there!  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

~ Date Night at Artango Bistro ~
A great place to take your special someone, this Argentinean Bistro has meals that are made from scratch, and with locally sourced, healthy ingredients. When you arrive, head to the dance floor for a 30 minute tango lesson that covers the basics of walking, posture, connection and embrace.

4217 N. Ravenswood Ave Chicago, IL 60613
$30 a person
Every Tuesday @7:30, Wednesday @8:00 & Thursday @8:30.
Register by emailing:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

~ Feminism and Art  ~
220 E Chicago Ave
(312) 280-2660

In her exhibit Annie Collier examines how females are empowered by picking up a camera and reversing the “male gaze”. Annie deconstructs commercial photography, and sheds light on how rampant sexism is in a lot of pop culture.  
November 22nd-March 8 

In 1978, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presented Frida Kahlo's first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Now "Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo" will be using 2 of Frida's original works, and bringing her work into dialogue with some similarly rebellious contemporary artists. Frida challenged patriarchy and mainstream America with her unabashed portrayal of her physical and psychological experiences.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Bee Basics

Just down the street from Ray's there is an amazing place called the "Rebuilding Exchange". The place strives to educate on sustainable deconstruction practices and reuse. They offer over 100 hands on public workshops a year to empower and educate on the many ways to reuse materials.  

On November 23 an intriguing workshop will be led there by Jana Kinsman, a Chicago beekeeper, who will be talking about a  honeybee's life, and what it is like to be a beekeeper.  She will educate about native pollinators in the Chicago region, how integral they are, and ways in which you can help them. Finally, you will be able to build your own takeaway bee house with reclaimed scrap wood!

November 23, 2:30-4:30pm
1740 W. Webster Ave