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So in typical Val/Emily fashion, this is how our Friday night plans of taking a Chicago sex tour around the city came to fruition: Val: Look Em, Weird Chicago has a sex tour of Chicago! Emily: I'll get the tickets! Really, neither of us needed any convincing that taking a Chicago red light district tour was a BRILLIANT idea. And really I could have said any event in there and we'd both be up for it...

Looptopia is an all-night festival helf once a year in the Chicago Loop. There's a variety of entertainment of various kinds in public spaces around downtown from dusk to dawn. Emily and I went this year and while we didn't stay out all night, we did experience a lot of fun the street fest had to offer. Here is what we saw...

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...