It is cold, and snowy, and only February. We wouldn’t blame you if you stayed in and relaxed. But there are still exciting things happening all over the city. If you’re brave enough to go out this weekend, keep these events in mind. Go out and listen to music, eat, and learn about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Sounds like the perfect weekend! 


 Saturday, February 8th 2020

*Various Locations (Wicker Park & Bucktown)

Now in its 7th year, Chillfest will bring 30 musicians to Wicker Park and Bucktown where local businesses will host them in unique acoustic concerts. You’ll get to shop and eat while listening to music. Head over to their website to get a full lineup for this year’s festival. 

“Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Sunday February 9th 2020 – Sunday August 16th 2020

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center – 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL   60077

If you’ve never been to the Illinois Holocaust Museum, make sure to go this year and check the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibition. It’ll put a spotlight on her life and amazing career. Learn, remember, and be inspired. 

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

Sunday, February 9th 2020 – Sunday, February 16th 2020

*Various Locations

If you’ve participated in Chicago Restaurant Week, be sure to support African American owned businesses this upcoming week. Similar to Chicago Restaurant Week, diners can take advantage of discounts and special menus at more than 35 participating restaurants. Take a look at their website and find a spot near you. You never know, you might find your next favorite place. 

As our first ever neighborhood spotlight, I thought I’d devote it to something dear to my heart. Pie. If you’re moving to the Humboldt Park neighborhood then you have to check out this nostalgic bakery.

Customers walking into Spinning J

I’d had my eye on this place ever since it opened in 2015 but just never got around to going. It was only recently that a realized that it was owned by husband and wife team Parker Whiteway and Dinah Grossman. Women owned business are important and deserve support so I couldn’t wait to check it out.

Coffee at Spinning J

I think it’s safe to say, I walked away in love.

Pastries and scones on display

Atmosphere is everything to me and Spinning J has it. There are vintage booths, olive green velvet curtains, and pink walls with gold stencils throughout. As their website states, Spinning J was built with reclaimed and recycled materials, and it was artfully done. The details, like the soda fountain light fixtures to the throwback tile floors, add charm and personality. I can tell they had fun making the space. It’s nostalgic, warm, and unique.

Slice of pie at Spinning J

And the pie. It exceeded my expectations if that was even possible. I went with my mom and sister and together we had the Dirty Chai, the S’mores, and the lemon poppyseed cake all on charmingly mis-matched china. The Dirty Chai was creamy and light, the S’mores pie was dark and rich, and lemon cake was moist and citrusy. And the coffee! It was strong and complimented the sweet pastries perfectly. I was blown away, full, and happy. I regret not trying any of the shakes or sodas but I think I’ll wait, since they’ll be perfect for the summer months. I’ll be coming back to try everything on the menu!

Pie case at Spinning J

So go, the minute you have a chance. It’s small and almost always busy but it’s really worth the wait.

Spinning J

1000 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

The Chinese New Year is here and you’ll be able to celebrate it this weekend. There will also be other festivals and events taking place as well so go out and explore the city!

2020 Argyle Lunar New Year

Saturday Feb 1st, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Argyle station, 1118 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640

The Lunar New Year is here. While it’s sure to be busy, head over to Chinatown this weekend for the annual parade. Support the local community and witness the colorful traditions. While it’s probably going to be busy, don’t leave without getting a bite to eat. 

Chicago Psychfest 11- “One and One is One”

Saturday  February 1st, 2020 @ 8 PM

Hideout – 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago IL 60642

Chicago has an amazing local music scene and the Hideout is an off-the-beaten-path jem that features both local and international acts. This weekend they’ll host the 11th annual Chicago Psychfest. Go, sway, and enjoy the music!

First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF)

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 1PM

Newberry Library – 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

The Newberry is a beautiful research library with a world famous collection but it also features a lot of amazing events. This weekend is the second annual First Nations Film and Video Festival where you will get to see and hear from prominent First Nation leaders. If you’re not a fan of large events, consider supporting this festival!

Andersonville Hygge Fest

 Saturday February 1st, 2020 – Sunday February 2nd 2020

*Various Locations 

If you’re curious about Andersonville and it’s Swedish roots, then make sure to go to this years Hygge Fest. The Danish term hygge means “cozy”, which is just what we need during these winter months. You’ll be able to roam local business where you’ll find sales, tastings, and special events. 

The end to this nightmare is near! Well almost. You’ve planned, prepped, and prepared but maybe there’s still some things you have to do. If you’re moving in a week or so, you’re probably tired and anxious. Hopefully this will help you get you to where you want to be. 

Pack the Essentials 

We recommend an emergency box. We all plan to unpack the moment we get to the new place but the reality is we end up doing it over time. It’s ideal that you pack a box with your essentials for the first few days. Think about everything you might need before you settle in, like coffee, bed sheets, towels, toiletries. After moving, it’s absolutely recommended that you rest and recharge before you unpack. You’ve earned it!

Pay Remaining Bills and Close Accounts

This is especially important if you’re moving long distance. You’ve probably canceled or transferred services. If you’re closing any accounts, make sure they’re all paid to avoid being charged for your utilities after you’ve moved out. 

Confirm your Movers

Make sure to call and confirm your movers once more. Confirm the arrival times, update them on parking, and ask any lingering questions before the big day. It never hurts to be too prepared. 

Prep the Furniture

Depending on what services you requested, you may need to disassemble furniture. Most movers will take care of the disassembly but if they aren’t, now is the time to do it. 

Finish the Packing

Maybe you’ve started, maybe you haven’t. Either way, this is a good time to assess what still needs to be done without feeling rushed. Its best to finish early on, leaving less to do the closer you get to the move date. Remember to label boxes and indicate which room they belong too. This will speed up the unpacking process as well. 

This weekend we’ll see warmer temperatures so enjoy them! Sure it’s only the mid-30s but we’ll take what can get. Whether you’re an outdoors person or a foodie, here are some exciting events happening in Chicago.

Chicago Restaurant Week

January 24th – February 9th

*Various locations 

This is the 13th annual Chicago Restaurant Week and it’s always a sweet surprise during the slow winter months. Here’s your chance to try some restaurants and cuisines you wouldn’t normally. They have fixed menus and prices, which is great for foodies and the curious alike. Go to their website and see who’s participating! 

The Beer Temple – Pop-Up Record Store Round 2 

January 25th @ 3:00pm – 8:00pm 

3173 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 

Maybe beer and records are more your speed. The Beer Temple in Avondale will be coordinating with local record stores for a fun night of music. You’ll be to try some beer and maybe leave with new music too in their pop-up record shop. 

Polar Adventure Day at Northerly Island 

January 26th @ 12:00pm – 4:00pm 

Northerly Island Park – 1521 S Linn White Dr. Chicago, IL 60605 

If you love winter and the outdoors then I think you’ll enjoy this unique event hosted by the Chicago Park District. It’s great for families and kids and absolutely free. You’ll get to Siberian huskies and wolves and explore the island in snow shoes. Hot cocoa included as well. They’ll have another event in February so you’ll have another chance if you can’t make it this weekend. 

Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t. Roscoe Village is a small community that’s easy to miss if you aren’t looking too closely. What it lacks in mileage, it makes up for in charm. Nestled within the larger North Center neighborhood, Roscoe Village really is a village within a city. The community itself began as the Riverview Amusement Park in the early 20th century at the Belmont and Western intersection. After it was demolished, it became a residential area and has continuously evolved into the neighborhood we know today. It remains a family oriented community and you can feel it, and see it. Yes, there are strollers at just about every corner in the summer but it is so much more than that. It is a unique neighborhood punctuated by amazing breakfast spots, independent shops, and beautiful outdoor spaces. It’s a neighborhood I know well so be sure to explore it when the weather permits and support the local community. 

Chicago Rowing Foundation – 3400 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618

If you’re a rower, then this is the place for you. They offer classes for all ages in their impressive facility. If you’re not, it’s still a beautiful building and area to admire. It was designed by resident Chicago architect Jeanne Gang along the Chicago River. 

Roscoe Village Discount Outlet – 2043 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Roscoe Village is also the home of one of the best thrift stores in Chicago. I’ve been countless of times and I’ve always walked a way with more than I could handle. If you enjoy thrifting then make sure to check this spot out. 

Lazy Dog Antiques – 1903 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

In addition to thrift stores, Roscoe Village is also a destination for antiques. Lazy Dog Antiques has been a staple in the community for years. Explore this great shop, you just never know what you’ll find. 

Roscoe Books – 2142 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

Independent books stores are a favorite of mine so you know I have to include Roscoe Books. This small and endearing space is the perfect place to find your next read. They always have events and be sure to watch out for those strollers during story time. 

Kitsch’n – 2005 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60618

I love this place! It’s fun, vibrant, and yes, kitschy. It’s the perfect place for breakfast and lunch. I’ve had some of the best french toast here so make sure to stop by. 

January is usually a slow month, reserved for recovering from the holidays. That doesn’t mean you have to stay at home. Thankfully there are amazing events happening that will get you out of your winter slump. Let’s use Martin Luther King weekend to reflect, learn, continue to create community. Here are some events and businesses you should support.


January 18th – February 23rd 

Goodman Theater

170 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601 

If you are passionate about politics, history, and reproductive health rights than check out Roe at the Goodman Theater. It provides insight into the origins of the famous case and the women who made it possible. Go out and support this production before it closes on February 23rd. 

Queer Soup Night 

January 19th

Women & Children First

5233 N Clark, Chicago, IL 60640

Taking place in one of Chicago’s most feminist bookstores, Queer chefs will be cooking soup  and will feature a live DJ. There will also be an opportunity to donate to a queer wellness organization. Get a book or connect with others in your community. It’s also a perfect way to stay warm this winter weekend. 

Free Museum Days

January 16th – January 20th

*Shedd Aquarium

*Adler Planetarium

*Field Museum

If you’re an Illinois resident, take advantage of the free museum days this weekend in honor of Martin Luther King day. Follow the link to see the details. 

So you’re moving out of a rental or apartment. It’s not always an easy task. Here is a checklist of things you have to do and should do anyway to avoid last minute fees. Be sure you know the details of your lease and your rights. 

Take a look at your paperwork

You probably signed a lease when you moved in, now is a good time to take a look at it. Make sure you know the details of your arrangement before you do anything. It will help you approach your exit plan. It also lays out what you are responsible for at the end of your rental arrangement and what you are entitled, like your deposit.

Considering breaking a lease? 

It’s usually not ideal to break a lease before its up as the penalties can be quite high, usually one to two month’s rent. If you need to break a lease, brush up on your local rental laws as they’ll shed some light on what kinds of conditions you can break a lease under. Be sure to stay in communication with your landlord to avoid any tension. Typically the easiest way out of this difficult situation is to pay the fee but do your research in order to approach your specific case. There are non-profits as well as lawyers who can help.

Be diligent, leave your rental spotless

As mentioned above, deposits are a big issue. If you want to guarantee that you get your deposit back when you move out, leave your apartment in perfect condition. Clean and then clean some more. You usually get inspection reports along with your lease. The report is usually completed before you moved in to ensure you aren’t held responsible for pre-existing damage. If you have pets, be extra thorough. You can also hire a cleaning company if you’re short on time or want a professional job done. 

Move day to-dos

While these are good general tips, it’s especially important when moving out of a rental as there is always a new tenant guaranteed after you. Maybe you hired movers to take care of your boxes and furniture but always remember to check every room thoroughly at the end. Be courteous of those moving in after you. Remove and dispose of all garbage, especially food. Be sure to leave your keys in the apartment or with the landlord to avoid any trouble.    

The good thing to keep in mind is that people do this all the time, and so can you. All you need is a little bit of knowledge to ease the transition. Move into your new home knowing you’re all set.  

With the holidays over and the new year just beginning, it’s back to our regular routines. While it’s cold, you don’t have to stop having fun. There are events taking place all over the city and thankfully, they’re indoors. Make this weekend about supporting some local Chicago institutions and events. Don’t compromise comfort and leave the no pants subway party for others to enjoy. 

Parson’s Chicken and Fish Pop-up

January 7th – February 1st

Chicago Athletic Association – 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Whether you’re new Chicago or a local, Parson’s is universally loved. And there’s nothing better than sitting on their patios in the summer. Head over to their pop-up this month and relive some of the good times we aren’t likely to see until May. You’ll get to enjoy their amazing food on patio tables at the Chicago Athletic Association. Stay for the food and stick around for the live music they’ll feature throughout the month. 

The NPR Politics Podcast Live 

January 10th @ 7:30PM 

Harris Theater – 205 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Maybe you’re into politics. NPR will be hosting and recording a podcast live at the Harris Theater. They will discuss our current political climate and answer audience questions. This is a great and exciting way to be informed. 

Stony Island Arts Bank Public Tour

January 12 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm 

*Recurring Event

Stony Island Arts Bank – 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649

If you’re into architecture and history then head over to the Stony Island Arts Bank. It was recently restored by the local artist Theaster Gates. It’s a unique and beautiful space, part gallery, media archive, library, and community center. The Art Bank holds free public tours on Sundays so be sure to check it out and be inspired. 

Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ’40s 

Open until January 21st 

Chicago History Museum – 1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Everyone should visit the Chicago History Museum at least once. Apart from being situated in a beautiful neighborhood, they have amazing shows happening all the time. “Silver Screen to Mainstream” is the latest and its devoted to the glamorous fashion of the 30s and 40s. If you’re looking to be transported to another era than head over before it closes. 

Preparing to move an office or business is no easy feat. It will be a complicated and intense juggling act. Preparation and organization is going to be key if you want the move to be successful. Here are some tips to help get you through this move as smoothly as possible.

Set as schedule and stick to it

Determine your schedule, like when you have to be out of your current location. Depending on how much stuff you have, you’ll probably need a few days to pack and move everything out.

Include your staff and assign tasks

Get your staff included in the move process early. An office move can have a lot of moving parts and tasks can easily be forgotten, it’s just too much for one person to handle. A move committee can help organize and prepare for the move. Have the committee review the tasks and assign roles if needed. They can be in charge of researching and securing movers or coordinating and designing the new office layout.

Have a plan and communicate

Set up a plan that will ensure employees are kept informed of every step in the process and moving plans. Be sure to communicate clearly with any clients and suppliers you may have, keeping them up to date during the move so you can stay open and in business during the transition.

Hire movers

Be sure to do some research and secure knowledgeable and experienced movers. It will be key to moving everything safely and smoothly. Determine budgets and quotes and compare them. Ask movers if they’ve done office moves before as it will help narrow down the choices. It may take awhile to determine which one is the right fit so start contacting movers early on in the process.

Hire packers, if you can

If your budget is flexible, consider hiring professional packers to. This will save you and your staff from having to pack some of the more difficult communal spaces. While the packers take care of everything else, your employees can pack their desks and offices.

Prepare the new space

Determine what the new location needs to ensure that there isn’t a gap in service. Talk to your new landlord as well as your service providers to set up appropriate telephone lines and network infrastructure. Determine and finalize layout as well.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it will give a good start to the moving process.