Chicago Passes Amusement Tax Ruling, aka “Netflix Tax”

Why shouldn’t we pay taxes on our monthly Netflix bill the same way we pay taxes on Steam games?

How a Bank Manager With Three Roommates Does Money

“I have an emergency fund. It’s actually named “What Would Mike Dang Do?” so I don’t access it unless really necessary.”

Places I’ve Lived: Monster House, Single-Women-Only Complex, & More

There was an infestation of squirrels in the home. Teeth marks still scarred the built-ins.

My Last $100: 48 Hours in Chicago

Some Costs Associated With Volunteering for Chicago’s Annual ‘Bike the Drive’ Event

Volunteering is something I firmly support and have structured some of my field of study around, especially when it comes to figuring out how to engage people in my age bracket with their Instagramming and networking and fast-paced outcome-oriented outlook (I’m only being a little facetious). Each Memorial Day weekend, Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance puts on a huge fundraiser for the organization and summer kickoff, Bike the Drive.

My Last $100: A Crawfish Boil And Its Aftermath

How’d you spend your last $100, Lauren?

A Partial Inventory of Costs Related to an Ill-timed And Semi-failed Career Change

The summer of 2005 was a fine time to be 26 and an even finer time to have a dream. All around me, people were going big by purchasing homes or committing as heavily as they could to can’t-miss ventures or, in a lot of cases, reinventing themselves entirely: friends and colleagues were moving into two-, three- and four-bedroom “smart investments” all across Chicagoland while locked in an arms race with people “chasing the dream” in oddball lines of work to see who could “live more fully.” I, wise young man that I was, set my heart on joining the ranks of the latter.

Samantha Irby’s American Dream

Writer, comedian, and Chicago native Samantha Irby came to New York last week to read from her debut book of essays, Meaty. On her much-loved blog Bitches Gotta Eat, Irby shares “what i learned about new york during my first ever trip there last tuesday.

A Conversation with a Photographer Who Earns $50,000 a Year

Grant: I’m 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.

Kickstarting Chicago’s Economic Development

The city of Chicago has just announced a partnership with Kickstarter called Seed Chicago which aims to use the trendy crowdfunding platform to finance economic development in the city’s poorer neighborhoods.