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You know what's awesome? When one of your friends wins a happy hour party at Howl at the Moon. You know what's even awesomer? When at her free party you win your own free Howl at the Moon happy hour :) So Friday was MY Howl at the Moon happy hour party: free admission, free taco bar, cheap drinks, great music, dueling pianos, amazing company, great fun. Let's sum up the night in five six items or less...

I did it. I jumped into a freezing cold Lake Michigan on a cold day in March for the annual Chicago Polar Plunge. When we arrived at the event to benefit Special Olympics, The guy overseeing it all made this announcement: The bad news: it's 49 degrees outside. The good news: the water is 33 degrees. It actually ended up being a beautiful day for a dip. It was pretty warm out considering the freezing weather we've been having lately...

Piano guy one: I have a Bon Jovi song here I can play. Piano guy two: Wait, I have a Bon Jovi song too. piano guy two starts to play "Living on a Prayer" Piano Guy one: That's the song I have. I have five dollars for it. Piano Guy two: I have two dollars for it. Piano Guy One: That makes nine dollars! For the record I paid $5 to hear Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer at Dueling Pianos. For the other record, I think I was the only person at my table to get a song played. So my friend Chelsa from work won...

I just signed up to do the Polar Plunge with Emily. Why, you may ask, do I, the girl who has been known to wear a sweater to the beach in 80 degree weather, want to jump into the freezing cold waters of Lake Michigan? I dunno, but I told my twin Heather that I'd do it if she did it...

What do you get when you put two scaredy cats on top of the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the United States??? A bit over a year ago I was in Austria talking to CanadiaJason(eh) and he was asking me about Chicago and where I have and haven't been. He brought up the point that we never really do the touristy things that our cities are known for. I've been to the Sears Tower before, but not since I was probably eight or so. Heather has never been to the Sears Tower at all, so, since she was in town, Emily,...

On my way to the Printer's Row Book Fair, I pondered why anyone would walk on the street when if they took about 10 steps to the east they could walk through the park. I also figured everyone thought I was a tourist because, as always, I was snapping pictures of everything. (Seriously, I was taking a photo of the bridge and this Asian dude asked if I wanted him to take my pic in front of it...