As lovely as Hyde Park is, it’s useful and fun to get out into other Chicago neighborhoods throughout the year. We recommend trying a few during the summer after you move out here to see where your home-away-from-home in Chicago might be! To get you started, the office staff has thrown together a starter guide about a few of our favorite neighborhoods around town…
For those prospective students planning on arriving early to Campus Days, MAPH has plenty of suggestions for ways to enjoy the city. Continue reading
The time has come. You must BUY WINTER CLOTHES. I know that the cold has been a little late coming this year, but that is why now is the time to act! Go get those greatcoats and earmuffs before it gets cold enough for hipsters to realize that their formfitting American Apparel sweatshirts and retro giant headphones are no longer cutting the mustard.
WHERE you go sort of depends on you. Do a search for the closest Sally Am, Village Thrift or Unique Thrift, check out the Brown Elephant in Andersonville, head up to Ragstock in Boy’s Town, or all the way to the Junior League Club in Evanston if you got a case a’ the ol’ upper-class aspirations and wanna try on some fancy people clothes, fresh off some fancy people.
WHAT you wear, on the other hand, isn’t so much up to you as it is an effect produced by the limitations of your body in relation to the changing environment. (I don’t mean what you wear on YOUR other hand, I’m being figurative.) Think of it as a kind of second-hand Darwinism. (Again, I don’t mean YOUR second hand, I’m making a pun on “second-hand” clothes (to which this version of Darwinism might be applied) and “second-hand Darwinism” itself, which is another way of saying that, strictly speaking, this is not Darwinism proper.) WHAT you wear is more of a nature-realizing-itself-through-the-illusion-of-your-particularity sort of thing, and having always seen myself as something of an “owl of Minerva” (given that I have trouble sleeping at night, and a weakness for strong, dark and intelligent type people, especially if they are named Minerva) I figure I’ll just go ahead and TELL you what nature is going to use your body to wear, regardless of WHO you are. (That was another pun, this type based on both the anti-individualism theme of this post and the owl reference (which, by the way, is a reference to Hegel (“The owl of Minerva flies only at dusk” (which means that we only know things after the fact (it is dusk now, by the way) because Minerva is the goddess of wisdom (for the ancient Greeks)))) the owl reference also linking back to Darwin inso far as I’m talking about clever animals (like the pugs in the photo (which also make a joke of Darwin in obvious ways (they are not naturally selected and are inherently unhealthy (and wearing coats)))).)
You need a coat! As big and warm as possible! Layers get DAMN annoying when you are going into an out of hot buildings all day.
You need BOOTS! It snows HUGE in these parts, and your feet will get wet, then freeze, and die, if you do not buy boots! Go to an army surplus store if you can, my canadian army boots are still going after two Montreal winters and a year in Chicago.
A HAT!!!!! WAAAAAARM!
Cool. Ok. That should do it.
In the tradition of Germany’s popular Christmas markets, Christkindlmarket Chicago is now one of the city’s major events in the lead up to the holiday season. Crowds flock to this particular market to check out the large variety of foodstuffs on offer. From sauerkraut to sausages, it can all be washed down with a hot cup of traditional Glühwein. Other vendors, many of whom hail from Germany, offer up some great potential gifts including cuckoo clocks and beer steins.
Location: Daley Plaza, 50 Washington Street.
Dates: November 25th to December 24th.
For more information, go to http://www.christkindlmarket.com.
Do some resale shopping and help uninsured people living in Chicago? Sounds like a great idea to me, but where can you do this, you ask? At a place called the Brown Elephant.