Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2014

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I keep thinking of this year as Makai’s first Halloween even though he was born before Halloween last year. Last year my parents sent a Halloween onesie and I found a pumpkin hat in our hand me down clothes. Makai wore this ensemble for our first big outing: to the doctor’s office. The entire pediatric practice was filled with nurses and doctors all dressed up for Halloween! Our first meeting with our pediatrician had him dressed as Mike Ditka, fake mustache and vintage Bears sweater and all!

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This year we got Makai dressed up in his honu (turtle) costume and headed to Roscoe Village. For a few hours in the afternoon they shut down Roscoe Street and all the kids take over. It was crazy!! So many cute kids and families all dressed up. We saw Danny and Caroline and Rory and Pete and Allison and their girls. Logan Square had a kids parade too, but it was in the evening, so I thought that the Roscoe Village parade might be a bit better for a baby. Maybe we’ll stay in Logan Square when Makai gets bigger!

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Makai’s daycare had a fall festival last Friday, but he was out that day. I was kind of surprised that it wasn’t actually on Halloween, but since it’s on a Friday maybe they thought people would be off to do their own things. For some reason tomorrow is pajama day in his class. Lucky boy opened a package in the mail last night at it was Halloween pajamas from grandpa and grandma. Perfect!

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Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party

October 27th, 2014

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Pre-gaming at Gold Star. Julene, Chuck, Rachelle, Justin, Shannon, Erin, Scott, Mike, Margaret, Kevin, Matt. Not pictured: Jim, Michelle, Sam. (Photo by Chuck)

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@Emporium Wicker Park

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Chuck’s opening remarks.

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Q: How many selfies can one take in a night? A: Lots!

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With Jen, of Gothamist

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With Andrew, of Gapers Block

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This logo is burned in my brain.

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Don’t ask!

Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party: The night was EPIC.

– Reconnecting with friends with whom you used to spend every waking moment with either in person or online
– Special guests from New York City
– Hours of free drinks
– Reenacting scandalous 8-year-old photos
– Free Chicagosit merch
– Sending your husband home early
– Endless selfies
– Shots of Fireball that you only discovered you bought (three rounds!) when you find the Fireball soaked receipt in your purse the next day
– Flash Taco (enough said)
– Stolen burritos
– Losing things in the bushes next to your front stoop
– Having to wake the entire household, including your in-laws, because you don’t have your keys
– Finding random things in your pants pockets while doing laundry the next day

I don’t know how 10 years has gone by! I still remember moving to Chicago 10 years ago and Jen and Jake pitching the thought of “starting a site like Gothamist but for Chicago.” I still remember meeting my co-founder, Margaret, at the Starbucks in 444 N. Michigan. And meeting our first two writers at Handlebar and drinking super cheap-o Schlitz. Time flies! People change (we’re going to have a Chicagoist playdate soon), but people are fundamentally the same. I need to be better about getting out and seeing everyone!

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Celebrating Diwali in the Office Today

October 23rd, 2014

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The Indian community in the Chicago office really came together, dressing for the Diwali celebration, decorating the office, bringing in Indian sweets (some directly from India) and teaching us about the Festival of Lights. So fun!

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