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4 05 2015

Check out the Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl slide show on Time Out!
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Photos by yours truly, Bekki Y Photography





My Love, Lake Michigan

14 02 2015

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Run10 Feed10

10 12 2014

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#TeamGrubHub ran the Run10 Feed10, 10k on October 19th, 2014.

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Chicago Marathon 2014

9 12 2014

On October 12th this year, I covered the Chicago Bank of America Marathon for Time Out Chicago Magazine. Here are a few highlights!

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For more photos from every stage of the race: Click Here!

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For more photos of the funniest and best signs: Click Here!

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Changes

7 10 2014

Well a lot has changed in my life since March when I posed last. I got a new job, Andy moved back to Michigan (without me) and my life has been non-stop craziness. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

On October 4th Redmoon Theater hosted the first annual Chicago Fire Festival. The concept was spectacular. The beginning with the parade of fire and boats I hear was awesome, but with the 30,000 some people that turned out to see the event, my friends and I couldn’t see much at all. After the intro there was a long pause where some of the giant hand built¬†structures¬†began to light on fire. Then there was an announcement that they were having electrical troubles and were going to be attempting “manual ignition.”

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Volunteers proceeded to climb on the rafts that were supposed to be engulfed in flame and throw lighter fluid on the buildings and light it. The flames would roar for a few seconds and then disappear. I guess they didn’t plan on it being cold and raining all morning. It was unfortunate. People cracked the same jokes repeatedly about how Chicago couldn’t even burn itself down intentionally now and etc. The crowds thinned out and I climbed in a bush to get a good view. After several attempts to light the structures they went ahead and had the giant hydraulic arms with fire fighters perched on top rise out of the water to “fight the fire” even though there wasn’t much fire to be fighting.

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Though the technical issues were pretty epic this year, I really hope the city agrees to the festival again next year. The concept was spectacular and I bet it would have been quite the spectacle had it gone off without a hitch. There was so much planning and time and effort put into the event. At least the fireworks were a beautiful ending to the evening!

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Adventure

31 03 2014

You know all I want to do is get a job that will take me somewhere new and let me do something with a little bit of meaning. I want to make a difference. I need to get out of the city and smell some fresh air. I need to hike and canoe.





Chiditarod IX

12 03 2014

Chiditarod IX took place on March 2nd, 2014.

Chiditarod is probably my favorite event in Chicago. It really brings out the best people. In fact, more than 1,100 people braved the blustery, snowy cold on Saturday. Chiditarod is a shopping cart race/food drive/fundraiser/pub crawl/costume & art contest. The participation is astounding and the creativity mind blowing. This year had record breaking donations. The event brought in 20,984 pounds of food and $40,255 USD. All the food and funds raised benefit the CHIditarod Foundation and The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

chi_ttd_ChiditarodIX_031413Another thing that impresses me about the Chiditarod is that it is a leave no trace event… and nearly everyone honors this. The few people I saw be disrespectful in anyway were almost immediately reprimanded by a fellow teammate or by another team near by. To ensure safety and rule following by the teams a fleet of volunteer “Bike Marshals” patrol the area. This is no small feat as each team travels approximately 5 miles and not every team stops at every bar participating. The Chiditarod spans three neighborhoods on Chicago’s Northwest side; Bucktown, West Town and Wicker Park.chi_ttd_ChiditarodIX_031401Teams compete for all sorts of awards. A few of the coveted trophies include, “Food Drive 1st place,” “Rookie of the Year,” “Dressed to the Nines: Best Team Costume,” “Best Art Cart,” and “Hot Mess,” among others. Each year the organizers make creative trophies that are one of a kind.

For more photos from Chiditarod IX check out my slideshow on Time Out Chicago’s website.

For more information about Chiditarod, and this year’s winners check out their website.








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