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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wine Goddess has a Patio!

Recently some of my friends came to visit Evanston from New York and Brooklyn and they invited me to a wine tasting on Main Street at the Wine Goddess. In one of those rare, gorgeous May days, we sat outise on the newly minted patio and sipped champagne and nibbled on cheese. 

Owner Diana Hamman programmed a long list of upcoming summer events where you can enjoy local wine, cider and nibblies with your friends and family!

Tickets are available NOW for the 2ND ANNUAL PINK WINE & SWINE PARTY at The Wine Goddess! On Saturday, June 13th from 3-6 PM, Hecky's BBQ will be smoking pork products right out on Main Street; there will be live Bluegrass music courtesy of Whiskey Hollow; and yours truly will be slinging the seasons best, dry Rosé (and pink lemonade for the wee ones). It's a real, good time! Tickets SOLD OUT last year, so get yours soon at, and cheers to summertime in Heavanston!

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Wine Goddess
702 Main Street

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Rainbow Ends in Evanston

This photo was taken 5/26/15 at 7:15 p.m. at Clark Street Beach in Evanston, the other end of the rainbow looked like it was at South Street Beach. 

I've never in my life seen the end of a rainbow! It's probably because it's my birthday month and that it's Open Studios Evanston that I got this amazing experience in my life.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Photo Series: Evanston artists in their studios

This summer marks my four year anniversary living in Evanston and I have created quite an amazing life/reality in a very short amount of time namely because there are so many tools to work with in this amazing city; 100% walkable life (which is what enables to engage with the community you live in, you can't engage from inside a car), shop owners who rock and who live where they work, thrift stores, yummy food and endless amounts of very cool people who are super friendly, authentic and interesting. 

Recently I made friends with a photographer who wanted a more creative project, a break from shooting interiors for magazines. Lucky for me, I needed strong visuals to promote the creatives participating in Open Studios Evanston, an annual tour of artist studios. The photo series below is what happened - portraits of Evanston artists in their studios. 

Thank you Chris Bradley Photography for capturing Evanston visual artists for Open Studios Evanston on June 6,

Chris Bradley is a Chicago based commercial photographer who specializes in interiors and architectural photography. His influences include early modernist painting and design, his daughter Emma, and trippy electronic music. When he hears a client say that his photograph of a space makes it feel nicer than actually being there, Chris smiles very enthusiastically. He would love to smile enthusiastically about a photograph made for you!

Open Studios Evanston is a citywide celebration of the arts in Evanston, June 6, 12- 5p.m. Artists, arts organizations, galleries and boutiques are invited to open their studios and spaces and join the celebration. Maps and a list of participants are provided day of the event at locations throughout the city.  

Open Studios Evanston Exhibit at Noyes Cultural Center 2nd Floor Gallery will feature the work of participating artists, June 4 - July 6.The opening reception is Thursday, June 4., 6-9 p.m., with wine and cheese and live music. Maps for Saturday’s studio tour will be distributed.

For more information email

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 30: Free Yoga Group Class on the Plaza

Get ready to Namaste and join LYFE Kitchen and Heaven Meets Earth Yoga out on the Plaza in Downtown Evanston (1603 Orrington Avenue) for a morning filled with Downward Dog and Warrior Poses on Saturday, May 30th at 10AM

Start your morning off on a high note with your family and celebrate the gift of yoga. There is no charge to participate and families are encouraged to bring their own mats, if possible. 

Guests interested in attending the event can RSVP directly to