Local Hero: Dr. Robyn Barbiers

Gozamos August 20, 2010 Dr. Robyn Barbiers has devoted her life to the welfare of all things furry. After spending nearly 3 decades saving lives and curing sick anipals (including an impressive fourteen years at the Lincoln Park Zoo), Dr. Barbiers was named president of the Anti-Cruelty Society. She takes time out of her busy… Continue reading Local Hero: Dr. Robyn Barbiers

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Dog Adoption Worth Jumping Through all the Hoops

Chicago Tribune’s RedEye August 12, 2010 For weeks I waded through paperwork, fielded phone calls involving demanding questions and arranged home visits so strangers with clipboards could stalk around my apartment clicking their tongues. No, I wasn’t applying for an internship with Mayor Daley, I wasn’t being approved for G-13 clearance with the FBI and… Continue reading Dog Adoption Worth Jumping Through all the Hoops

Going to Graceland

Gozamos August 10, 2010 Dotted with winding paths, a serene lake, incredible architecture, and bending willow trees, Graceland is arguably one of the most beautiful parks in Chicago. It’s a quiet place, a haven that, once inside its brick walls, shuts out the clamor from the rumbling red line L trains and the busy Irving… Continue reading Going to Graceland

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10 Things to Remember to do Before you Leave for Vacation

Gozamos July 31, 2010 You’ve packed your bags, confirmed your hotel, and printed your boarding pass. You’re ready to go on a well-deserved vacation, right? Wrong, Happy Traveler. Before you bid bon voyage, don’t forget to run through Gozamos’ handy dandy pre-trip checklist. Prepay Bills– Make sure you pay off Verizon, ComEd, and whoever else… Continue reading 10 Things to Remember to do Before you Leave for Vacation

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6 Hot Spots to Catch Chicagoland Fireworks

Gozamos July 3, 2010 Independence Day without fireworks is like Thanksgiving without turkey, Halloween without jack-o-laterns, or Valentines Day without the disappointment. Booming fireworks displays are the essential part of celebrating our nation’s birth and our victory over those devious, tax-loving Englishmen so grab some lawn chairs and cozy up to a fellow patriot under… Continue reading 6 Hot Spots to Catch Chicagoland Fireworks

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Second City Savant: Horacio Nieto

Gozamos June 23, 2010 Feature photograph by Luis Anthony Chavez Collection Photography courtesy Kayoua Xiong and Dan Tomei At the end of a not-so-special street, on a not-so-special block, there’s a modest condo guarded heavily by two miniature pinschers named Rex and Selena. Inside, the furniture is modern but comfortable looking, the kitchen is tidy,… Continue reading Second City Savant: Horacio Nieto

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True Love is Great; Wedding Excess Isn't

Chicago Tribune’s RedEye May 26, 2010 Wedding season is officially upon us. I can tell because I no longer have a spare summer weekend to myself. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, almost every weekend has been booked thanks to the cheerful “Save the Date!” postcards that have been filling up my mailbox. But it… Continue reading True Love is Great; Wedding Excess Isn't