• Chicago Diaries,  Chicago Neighborhoods,  Life,  Travel Diaries

    Chicago Diaries: Rogers Park

    You know how there are some truths that have just always been true? I’ve always been more of a cat person. I have never been a morning person.Judge Judy is always right about everything.  You know, things that are said or pointed out that you just realize you’ve always known to be true? Facts. No fake news ™. One of the universal truths of my life has been that I would live in Chicago. It’s been my dream since I was probably about 10 years old, coming into the biiiiiiig city on the South Shore Line train with my family, walking to the museums, and holding my breath as I looked…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life

    29Rooms with Refinery29!

    Recently Chicago has been one of the lucky cities to house some traveling art installations. The Happy Place, Wndr Museum, and 29Rooms by Refinery29 are three examples of traveling exhibits that have come to Chicago this summer. Somehow we managed to snag a few tickets to the last three hours on the last day that 29Rooms was open. We were so excited to see the art at the exhibit! We loved the idea of interactive art that also connected itself directly to social media. We were hopeful for meaningful interactions with art that would educate us, empower us, and excite us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get all of that at 29Rooms.…

  • Life,  Self-Love

    Pride 2018!

    June may be over, but Pride lasts forever! It’s a little hard for me to believe that we are already halfway through 2018. It’s July people! Summer has somehow FLOWN by and I was not expecting it AT ALL. Normally, my summers sort of dredge forward and by the end of them I’m so eager to start back at school, I can hardly contain myself. This summer is different. While I am excited to get back to COT and start working on our Fall opera, I’m trying so hard to dig my heels in and make summer stay a little while longer. This year, June was a magical month full…

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    Paintings and Protests in Pilsen

    Art and culture might seem like a luxury at this dark moment, with the Trump administration’s announcement that 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived here legally since 2001 will be forced to leave, and with young Dreamers brought to this country when they were just children left to face an uncertain status after the government reopened without Congress securing protections for them. But when a people see their humanity denied, art is a defense of that humanity. – We Need Protests. And Paintings from the New York Times by Héctor Tobar A few months ago, I went into the neighborhood of Pilsen for a concert at Thalia hall. I had the day…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Self-Love

    Ketchup

    Hidey-ho, Crickets! While it’s only been a month since I last wrote you, it feels like it’s been more like four months. Once upon a time, I thought graduating from school meant that I would have breezy filled spring afternoons of flowers and coffee for fun (not survival). I thought I’d get 8 hours of sleep and never have allergies and that horrible spring time stress would leave me alone for good. Lol. I was so cute. And naïve. Life has been busybusybusy and I’m trying my best to pick my battles, spend my time wisely, take care of me and my lil’ family, meet expectations, and idk just be…