October 2016 City of the Month Chicago (Michigan Ave) Illinois October 01 2016

One of Chicago's biggest city attraction is all the shops along Michigan Ave. Over 400 stores pack the concrete along Michigan Avenue, the eight-block stretch known as Magnificent Mile. This area between Oak Avenue and the Chicago River is more a shopping paradise than a full-out neighborhood. The northern end of the street is at Lake Shore Drive on the shore of Lake Michigan the Gold Coast Historic District. For prime upscale shopping, this is the place to go. It’s busy, energetic, and packed with shoppers. You'll also find hundreds of restaurants and dozens of hotels, all on the mid- to high-end scale. Some of the city’s most iconic buildings like the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center and other architectural marvels define the magnificence of this neighborhood.  In honor of the city Loose Petals is offering $5.00 off any non-sale city organic print size 8 x 10 or larger for the month of October 2016! Use code 5OFF at check out.





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Helpful Hints: Traveling Tips August 06 2015

Everyone dreams of traveling the world. Whether it be a trek to England or a spiritual journey to Dubai, traveling is something that everyone can benefit from. It helps us grow, experience different cultures, and provides us with memories to last a lifetime. Now that’s not to say that traveling is always easy, it is a learning process and you will constantly find yourself taking note on what to do to improve your experience. Here are some traveling tips to best prepare you for your next adventure:

  • Plan a budget ahead of time

Always keep extra cash stashed away for emergency situations. This provides you with a cushion in possible conflict and is a comforting thing to have on yourself.

  • Study the places you plan to go ahead of time

This way you can find things that interest you and be able to visit them when you reach your destination. This will help you plan your time wisely and be able to take in as much culture as possible while you are at your destination. Also learn some basic of the language of the place you are visiting to be able to at least slightly communicate with locals

  • Wake up early

Don’t waste time sleeping away your days! Wake up early and soak in the culture as you wander around this foreign territory

  • Keep an open mind

Being in a foreign area can be stressful and confusing, but don’t let yourself get caught up the negative aspect and instead embrace this new experience as a one in a lifetime chance to immerse yourself in a different culture. Try new foods, take new roads and keep a positive mindset

  • Take a lot of photos

Document your trip so that you can look back at the photos and have warm memories to flood your mind with sweet nostalgia

  • Meet some locals

Talk to locals of the land- find out places to go from them so that you can live like a local and not be limited to typical tourist traps

  • Prepare for all types of weather

Weather can be unpredictable so pack things that you may not think you necessarily need but that you will be desperate for if you don’t have

  • Immerse yourself in the culture

Avoid eating at chains or visiting places that are familiar to you. Try new things and experience instances that are out of the ordinary for you

  • Make sure your passport is up to date

This is obviously very important. At least six months before you leave make sure everything having to do with your passport is lined up and ready to go. Also make a photocopy of your passport to have a backup in case anything happens to your first one

  • Enjoy every moment!

Traveling is one of the most amazing experiences you can give yourself. Be sure to soak in each moment and create wonderful memories for youself


City of the Day: Chicago February 12 2015

Not only is Chicago home to Loose Petals but it also has many other interesting attributes as well.There is never a dull moment in this cities streets, whether you are having drinks at a quaint coffee shop or seeing a grand Broadway performance. The options really are endless for entertainment choices in Chicago.

If art is your thing look no further, Chicago’s art scene is ever flourishing with a plethora of galleries throughout. Not to mention it is home to the Chicago Art Institute, which was recently named the best museum in the world by Trip Advisor. To get a taste of the scene one can visit the Chicago Art District found in the Pilsen neighborhood at 18th and Halsted. There are over 30 artist run galleries in this district that all offer gallery walks the second Friday of every month.

The River North neighborhood has made its mark on the Chicago art scene as well with its vast array of stunning galleries. Brave New Art World is well known for hosting an art crawl and open house on the first Thursday of every month. Other galleries include the The Project Room, The Maya Polsky Gallery, The Zolla / Leiberman Gallery and many more. For breathtaking photography take a visit to the Schnieder Gallery or The Rangefinder Gallery.

The eclectic art scene isn't the only niche in Chicago, it is also a popular destination for comedy theater lovers. Second City, one of the most well known and beloved improv clubs around, is based in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. With alums such as Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, one can prepare to have never ending laughs with a visit to the legendary Second City Theater. Some other notable Chicago comedy clubs include: Zanies, The Laugh Factory and The Annoyance Theater all found on the North side of the city.

To get in the Chicago mood throw on some smooth jazz and blues. With its influential impact on the blues movement many a famous musicians started in Chicago such as the talented Muddy Waters band and the cherished guitar legend, Buddy Guy. The indie music scene in Chicago is impressive as well; acts like Califone, Andrew Bird, Wilco, The Smashing Pumpkins and OK GO are just a few eminent bands that started in this musically inclined city.

As stated before, the options are surely endless in the bustling city of Chicago. From art to comedy to coffee those are only a few of the things that this city has to offer, but one cannot truly. To truly experience this city one must take on the task of exploration and find for themselves the abundance of treasures that make up dynamic of Chicago.