Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Weekend Suggestions Near Ray's

This Saturday just a short train ride away from Ray's, 50,000 people are expected to show up between 8:30am and 2pm at the Women's March. Starting at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, speakers will address reproductive rights, racial justice, immigration, gun violence and issues involving LGBTQ. (*A special edition of SlutTalk diaries will be happening after the Women's March. The free event will have group discussions and writing exercises January 21 7-9pm at Volumes Bookcafe 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. )

For all those Jazz lovers, 88 year old Sheila Jordan will be making an appearance at the acclaimed Green Mill Jazz Club. She will be accompanied by pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Dennis Carroll  9pm Friday or 8pm Saturday at 4802 N. Broadway.
Try over 10 varieties of comforting ramen at Kizuki Ramen & Izakya, the "Best Ramen in Chicago". Open 11:30am to midnight, and located at 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Check Out Plant Life in Chicago!

Some people like pet shops, and I do too,
but mostly when I have the urge to take a long look at something I frequent one of the many plant shops near Ray's.
Family owned Adams and Son Gardens (1057 N. California Ave) is a wonderful place to check out in nearby Humboldt Park. They are open all week, and even in winter offer a large assortmant of succulents, cacti, houseplants and more. The staff are super friendly and helpful.

Sprout Home (745 N. Damen Ave.) in nearby Ukrainian Village is open all week as well, and specializes in contemporary indoor and outdoor garden design. The shop is visually rewarding with beautiful displays and a large variety of plants.
They offer terrarium workshops that you can find by clicking --> here.

Finally, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a warm and serene sanctuary. A huge plant house showcasing all walks of plant life in beautifuly arranged rooms, the Conservatory is truly a Chicago gem. It can be enjoyed alone, with family, friends or a date. No one leaves unhappy, unless it is because they are leaving.