Wednesday, April 01, 2015

7 [Rejected] Reasons We ENJOY Chicago

We’ve been counting down the 7 reasons we ENJOY Chicago online and in our store, and every week through mid-April we’ll be highlighting the things that make Chicago great. We thought we’d share some reasons that came to mind but got the big REJECTED stamp—because as Chicagoans, we’re definitely familiar with these daily realities, but we’d have to be FOOLS to love them.

7. [Rejected] Reason - Potholes

[Rejected] Reason - Potholes
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The breadth and depth of potholes in Chicago after our Polar Vortices has provided a new medium for artists. As funding for the arts continues to decline, artists who hang their heads in misery need only open their eyes to the asphalt canvas under their feet. A gallery opening is great. An opening in the earth is better!

6. [Rejected] Reason - Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo

[Rejected] Reason - Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo
Urban General Store / via Facebook

Despite over 30 days of sub-zero temperatures, the Second City was forced to play third fiddle to our Boston brethren's Snowpocalypse. As we watched the Patriots once again win the Super Bowl through the snowscreen of our SuperBlizzard, we were reminded that our football team wasn't there, their former non-World Series winning baseball team has since won the World Series (thrice) and our big Polar Vortex: The Sequel was more "Grease 2" to the East Coast blizzard's "Godfather 2." It seemed familiar but just wasn't as fun. Or exhausting. Or crazy making. Or just plain awful. Why are we always taking sloppy seconds?!?

But, on the bright side, there's always a chance that it will snow in April in Chicago!

5. [Rejected] Reason - Parking Meters and Traffic Control

[Rejected] Reason - Parking Meters and Traffic Control
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Are you really a Chicagoan if you haven't gotten a ticket for "Parking in a loading-zone, between 4 and 6 pm, between April 1 and March 31, non-rush hour, residential zone, street cleaning on days that end in -day"? It is a rite of passage for your rights of passage in Chi-town. Chicago even has its own Parking Ticket Geek.

Radical proposal of what to do with the maligned Red Light Cameras: use them as traffic volume sensors to time the lights on major arteries. Maybe then traffic on Western Avenue wouldn't suck so badly.

Hmm. Not likely.

4. [Rejected] Reason - Wildlife

[Rejected] Reason - Wildlife
Bob Fila, Chicago Tribune / via

With 2007 the passing of Joseph Zeman, the "Pigeon Man of Lincoln Square," Chicago may have lost the last true lover of Chicago pigeons. In fact, the city has unleashed some bad ol' peregrine falcons to help control our "flying rat" population. Seems we prefer to view wildlife without them carrying entire pizza crusts or chicken wing bones.

And don't even get us started on squirrels.

3. [Rejected] Reason - Politics

[Rejected] Reason - Politics
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Every time we hear "Chuy Rahm" it sounds like a delicious, nougaty, caramelly candy. It's not. But now we're hungry.

Did you know that most people in other parts of the United States don't know what an alderman is? In Chicago, aldermen are such characters that Schadefruede's Justin Kaufmann has spent years portraying a fictional city council member—Ald. Ed Bus of the equally fictional 53rd Ward (the triangle of land at the corners of Belmont, Lincoln, and Ashland). And if his seat was contested, we think he could actually win! Like, in the real election.

2. [Rejected] Reason - Lake Michigan and the Chicago River

[Rejected] Reason - Lake Michigan and the Chicago River
© Jeremy Atherton, 2006 / Via

Sure, they're pretty. And provide water. Or in the river's case "water." And being one of only a few major metropolitan cities on such a large body of water is nice. But Lake Michigan has seriously put Chicago at a disadvantage—we only have three sides! Since the founding of the city over 175 years ago, have there been any plans to expand the East Side of Chicago? Why not a new agency—the Land Reclamation from Water Reclamation Department? Or maybe George Lucas should forget the museum and focus on a new underwater neighborhood called "East Atlantis."

And we love the Chicago River. Except on a warm day when it smells like it needs to wash.

1. [Rejected] Reason - Pizza P.I.E. (Pizza Inferiority Effect)

[Rejected] Reason - Pizza P.I.E. (Pizza Inferiority Effect)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart / via

Why must we always defend our pizza? Yes, sometimes we cut it in squares. Yes, a single deep-dish pie can weigh up to 25 lbs. And, if you can forgive the double negative, it's NOT not as good as New York style pizza, it's DIFFERENT. And if you don't like it, we know a squirrel who will happily take a crust off your hands. (After all, who hasn't seen a Chicago squirrel carrying a piece of pizza larger than its entire body in its mouth?)

To quote (ahem) Chicagoan Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers, "It's a great band, it's a bad band, it's like pizza, baby. It's good no matter what."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reasons We #ENJOYChicago - #5 The Art of Architectrure

Chicago is the city of no small plans. From a towering skyscraper to a sturdy brick bungalow, the City of Big Shoulders stands taller on its buildings. In Chicago, art and architecture combine to celebrate the everyday and the extraordinary.

It’s the #5 Reason We #ENJOYChicago.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reasons We #ENJOYChicago - #6 The Events

Starting in May, more than 400 neighborhood festivals will take place in the city. But Chicagoans with spring fever can’t wait that long. Luckily, no matter what you like celebrating, there’s likely a special event for it in Chicago—even in March. 

Events pictured above:

Hellenic Heritage Parade (Greek Independence Day Parade)
Saturday, March 29, 2015

Wizard World Comic Con Fan Fest Chicago
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Quilt Festival
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention (Photo: David Joseph Kline)
Friday, March 20, 2015 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bangladesh Day Parade (Photo: Jerry Delaney)
March 28, 2015

Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Saturday, March 14, 2015 - Sunday, March 22, 2015

Southside Irish Parade
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Need more ideas? Check out TimeOut Chicago's 101 things to do in Chicago.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Reasons We #ENJOYChicago - #7 The Makers

Chicago is a city of Do’ers. The “City That Works” makes a lot of things–both real and virtual–that we and millions of people around the world love. 

Pictured clockwise from left to right:  Lemonhead candy, Card from The Found, Basecamp, Orbitz, GiveForward, Field Notes Brand notebooks, Chicago Skyline Candle from Crash Candles, Daisy Cutter Pale Ale from Half Acre and a tin of Garrett Popcorn Shops popcorn.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

7 Reasons We #ENJOYChicago

Happy Birthday Chicago!

In celebration of the great city of Chicago, on the occasion of its 178th birthday (actually, its date of  incorporation March 4, 1837), ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE, a specialty gift store at 4723 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, will be running a social media campaign and photo contest highlighting the 7 Reasons We #ENJOYChicagoThe campaign will start on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, and will run for seven weeks, culminating in mid-April 2015, with the #1 Reason (SPOILER ALERT: our neighborhood, Lincoln Square). 

Each week ENJOY will feature Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts that highlight why we #ENJOYChicago. Posts will include links to local businesses, events, attractions, organizations and products. A Pinterest Board will feature items, too.

Musician Laura Doherty (as the Chicago Hot Dog)

Customers and followers will be encouraged to share pictures of why they #ENJOYChicago on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter. All photos that use the hashtag #ENJOYChicago and are tagged with @ENJOYChicago will be entered into a drawing to win a Chicago Natives Prize Package (valued at over $100). The winner will be announced in early May 2015, and the winner’s photo submission will be shared via ENJOY’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts and may be displayed in ENJOY’s shop window. Images tagged with #ENJOYChicago may also be reposted.

Links to products related to the “7 Reasons We #ENJOYChicago” can be found on ENJOY’s online home

An in-store display will highlight each of the “7 Reasons We #ENJOY Chicago” every week, and featured “Chicago Natives” ( items will also be on display at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE (4723 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625).

Monday, February 09, 2015

All You Need Is Love (but a card and gift are nice, too)


Do you still need something special for your someone special? We have lots of great gift ideas like those in the video. Some are sweet. Some are funny. Some are sarcastic. Some are special. But we're certain that a Valentine's Day gift from ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE and will be unique–like your love.

Live in Chicago? Shop online and select Free In-Store Pickup as your shipping method and your items will be ready for pickup the next day in Chicago (Monday-Friday) at ENJOY (4723 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625).


But what does your Valentine want?

Shop for Valentine's Day Cards

Everyday I Love You Small Art Print - Sugarboo

Loving Family with Two Children Pin

Happiness Is Being Married To Your Best Friend Sign

Dogeared Love Knot Necklace

Key To My Heart Vintage Key with Tag in Gift Box