Alyssa Burns

Umai, (うまい) meaning “good” or “tasty” in Japanese, is an enticing sushi restaurant located in Printer’s Row. There are many places to grab sushi in the city, though I think that Umai is one of the better options. With fresh flowers on the table, a colorful mural on the wall,

La Storia is a charming Italian restaurant in Chicago’s idyllic Gold Coast neighborhood, perfectly situated in an architectural gem of a home. The two-story restaurant, housed within two former family residences — built in 1896 and 1918, respectively — is located at 1154 N. Dearborn. The home has been renovated

Are you a pet lover?  Is it difficult to imagine your life without your furry companion?  Or do you have relatives or friends who won’t go anywhere without their dogs, or are posting their cat photos daily? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to get

Off the beaten path, Ada Street Cafe is well worth the drive (or Uber/Lyft ride) to get there.  It’s basically in the middle of an industrial zone in far east Wicker Park, just east of the Kennedy Expressway, and easy to miss if you’re not specifically looking for it.   The

When is the last time you went bowling (or tried a round of bocce ball) with a group of friends?  Pinstripes, located at 435 E. Illinois Street, is a perfect place to gather with friends or co-workers.  Located within walking distance of Navy Pier, Pinstripes offers happy hour from 3:00

Summer is winding down, although if you have a chance to get to the outdoor patio at Shanghai Terrace, 108 E. Superior Street in the Peninsula Hotel, don’t miss it.  Enjoying this upscale Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly restaurant while dining on the serene patio is not to be missed.  It truly

Recently I was a guest at SalonDJ, 300 N. Elizabeth Street, in the Fulton Market District/West Loop area of Chicago.  The team of stylists at the salon are truly the Chicago Dream Team!  Salon DJ is a full-service boutique hair salon, makeup and photography studio. When you visit SalonDJ you can