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Hästens Luxuria Bed Giveaway

Your beauty sleep just got a little more beautiful. Now through August 31st, Swedish bed manufacturer Hästens is holding a sweepstakes for one of its “Luxuria” continental queen beds…

PainterPoetMuse

Whenever I come across a Chicagoan selling stuff I love on Etsy, I get a little pang of excitement. Call it Chicago pride…

Chicago-Made Lamps

Local artisan Mike Jones makes these cool lamps for the guy-oriented shop Isle of Man. Sometimes he fixes old lamps, sometimes he uses discarded objects (like old helmets) to make “new” fixtures…

Chicago Map Baby Quilts

Chicago Home + Garden contributor Susan Victoria turned us on to these adorable Chicago baby quilts by Haptic Lab, a Brooklyn firm lead by Emily Fischer, who recently won the inaugural Carol Sedestrom Ross Award for artisans at the New York International Gift Fair…

Berloni at Spaces and Views

Lee Lumber’s Spaces and Views has gone all Euro on us. The company recently became the first and only Chicago-area firm to represent Italy-based kitchen manufacturer Berloni…

PAWS Chicago 9th Annual Beach Party

July 14, 2011–PAWS Chicago, the city’s largest No Kill, humane organization hosted the 9th Annual Beach Party on Thursday, July 14th at Castaways Boathouse at North Avenue Beach. This year’s event had more than 400 people and 100 dogs in attendance, making it one of Chicago’s largest pet-friendly social gatherings. The event was co-chaired by Dawn and Jim O’Neal and Nancy and Ron Officer. Presented by North Community Bank, Pomellato, and Bonnie and James L. Spurlock, the Beach Party was a great success and raised more than $210,000 for homeless pets!

Chicago's Budget Deficit: Notes on the Impending Crisis

The Emanuel administration presents a bleak picture of the city budget, as sacrifice and competition for city services appear to be in our future. But one of the biggest factors in the city’s expenses, employee health care, is the victim of greater national trends… and as a result, a tremendously difficult problem.