An Afternoon at the Garfield Park Conservatory

Looking for something new to do on a Sunday afternoon? Need some cheap or free entertainment? Or trying to get out of the house with the family? Take a trip to Chicago’s west side and visit the Garfield Park Conservatory!  Garfield Park Conservatory The conservatory was first opened to the public in 1908 and is one … Read more

Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Whether you live in the city, are planning a day trip from a nearby suburb or are coming into town for a weekend getaway, Chicago offers a variety of great activities to keep you entertained. While most of Chicago’s well-known tourist sights are concentrated in the loop (downtown) area of the city, there is no … Read more

Discovering Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood

Depending on who you ask, Pilsen is one of anywhere from 70-200 neighborhoods in Chicago.  With so many to explore, it’s hard to decide where to begin! Located on Chicago’s lower west side, Pilsen’s art, culture and food make it worth a trip from anywhere in the city. We recently spent a Saturday roaming the … Read more

Discover Chicago: A Travel Guide

Ben and I arrived back in Chicago last week after making our way through Laos, Thailand and Cambodia after Christmas. Jet lag is currently killing us, but we’re excited to start working on some posts to share with you over the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the latest post in our Discover series! … Read more

8 Things to Do in Chicago This Winter

The 2017 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a frigid, snowy winter, but we’re not going to let that stop us from exploring our incredible city! Indoors or out, Chicago has plenty to offer throughout the cold, dark months. To give you some inspiration, here are 8 things to do in Chicago this winter. 8 Things to … Read more

Run Like a Girl Soiree Giveaway!

As Ben has mentioned in the past, I support a local charity in Chicago called Girls on the Run – Chicago (GOTRC). We are so excited to share that we are partnering with GOTRC to give away two tickets to their upcoming event, the Run Like a Girl Soirée on October 28! If you’re looking for a fun … Read more

Tiny Houses in the Big City

If you’re a frequent reader of Dose of Discovery, you’ll remember that we had a blast on our recent trip to Portland. We were able to check off a lot of items on our must-see list during our long weekend in the city. One awesome thing that we found while planning but didn’t get to … Read more

Overnight Bike Trip to Illinois Beach State Park

One of our goals this year has been to discover more outdoor adventures near Chicago. We’ve camped at Bullfrog Lake and Starved Rock State Park, visited the beach, kayaked on the Chicago River, and listened to outdoor concerts. Our next adventure to check off the list was a long bike trip! Located 45 miles north of Chicago, we chose … Read more

Outdoor Concert at Ravinia Festival

Seeing a concert at Ravinia Festival has been on my Chicago bucket list for years. Listening to live  music on the lawn with a spread of food, a glass of wine and some close friends is an ideal way to spend an evening – and a few weeks ago, we finally made it happen! Ravinia … Read more

Camping & Hiking at Starved Rock State Park

Need a getaway from the city? Starved Rock State Park is one the most popular hiking destinations outside of Chicago. Situated along the Illinois River, the park has 13 miles of trails that take you past towering trees, deep canyons, and trickling waterfalls. The area has a lot more to offer than just hiking though! This past weekend … Read more