The Ultimate Chicago Blogroll

best blogs in chicago
We know you have great taste in blogs (obvi), and we love that you make Refinery29 Chicago a must-read. Instead of kidding ourselves into thinking we're the only blog that sets your heart aflutter, we've compiled our list of the best blogs in the city. Check out who made the cut, along with a little info on why they're worth your bookmark.
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best chicago shopping blogs
Shopping
Retail Therapy: Product reviews and where-to-finds run rampant on Retail Therapy. Hide your credit cards.
Racked Chicago: Up-to-the-minute info on openings, closings, and all the sales in between all right here.
Second City Style: We love this blog for interviews with Chicago style insiders, and spot-on info about new beauty products.
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FashionistaChicago: A great Chicago trend-watch is just a mouse-click away.
The Possessionista: We love television-based shopping, and until we see a "sold out" sign, we're happy.
best chicago style blogs
Style
The Style Rookie: Tavi Gevinson, The Style Rookie herself, hails from sweet home Chicago. Never underestimate this budding fashion maven—she knows her stuff.
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Don't Be Chi: Your style rut needs a good dose of Don't Be Chi. Get inspired.
ChiCityFashion: There is a personal nature to ChiCityFashion that we love. It feels like chatting with our pals!
ChiTown Fashionista: We can't get enough of reading interviews on ChiTown Fashionista, and looking through tons of trunk show/sale photos!
best chicago beauty blogs
Beauty
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The Beauty Girl: One of our favorite local heroes, Nicole Pearl, dishes beauty advice like it's her job. Oh wait, it is!
Glowlist Chicago: We're especially into this beauty blog because of a cool focus on fitness and wellness. Never a bad thing, ever.
PrettyCity: This is the Chicago go-to for beauty discounts. If it exists, PrettyCity's got it. There is no need to pay full price for a pedi ever again!
best chicago personal style blogs
Personal Style
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See Jane: See Jane's style adventures are pretty and practical (and she was one of our Top Style Blogger finalists, too!). Add this one to your daily read.
The Style Tribe: If you need a little more than one person's style story, how about five? The Style Tribe is a sartorial army conquering Chicago, one photo at a time.
I Live For It: We all dream of being bi-coastal, but these girls actually are. This blog reminds us of our chats with Refinery29 Los Angeles Editor, Kate Mulling.
The Midwestyle: Boys! With style! The rumors are true, folks. Gently forward this one to the man in your life who needs (but is reluctant to accept) sartorial assistance.
best chicago home apartment interior design blogs
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Apartment Therapy Chicago: Raise your hand if you're living in an apartment. All one million of you can lower your hands now. We don't have backyards, garages, or even our own front door, but we have this blog. So there!
ChitownLiving: This is your at-home all-in-one. Words on any imaginable issue that arises in home buying, decorating, or legalizing can be found here.
Curbed Chicago: Even if you're not ready for your pie-in-the sky real-estate purchase, this blog will motivate you to get there.
best chicago street style blogs
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Street Style
Chicago Streetstyle Scene: Our own Amy Creyer keeps a blog full of street style snaps. Check out the goods, stat.
Tres Awesome: We adore Emma Arnold's photography and love featuring it in our street style posts. Lots more to see here.
Chicago Looks: We love the Wicker Park vibe of Chicago Looks, totally inspiring!
Bike Fancy: It's street style on bikes. What else do you really need?
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best chicago humor blogs
Humor
The Onion: We're throwing a huge amount of pride in The Onion's direction. When was the last time you missed a day? We can't remember either.
El-No Chicago: Absolute hilarity reigns on El-No. Check out things you never want to see, but can't stop staring at.
BYOBandits: Technically a food blog, but so cleverly written the laughter spills across our keyboards. Well done, boys.
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best chicago food blogs
Food
Chicago Bites: Chicago Bites has some really relatable food reviews. We're not talking foie gras ice cream, we're talking deep-dish and waffles.
Chicago Foodies: You'll find all the info you want on this blog, not just the info that everyone else can't stop talking about. Check out some cool meal ideas, too!
Eater Chicago: All the food news that's fit to eat is in one place—here.
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312 Dining Diva: We don't know how she does it, but the 312 Dining Diva gets the scoop on all things food, wine, and gossip in Chi-town.
best chicago lifestyle womens blogs
Lifestyle
The Feast Chicago: If you can't choose between Eat, Shop, or Play, don't worry, you don't have to. Inside info on all the things we do for fun is in one place.
Cheeky Chicago: Ladies, start your engines. Cheeky Chicago will tell you where to hang out this week, and why.
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Urban Daddy: If it isn't the sexiest site on the web, it's close. A posh look into what Chicago scenesters are into.
best chicago music blogs
Music
Ohmyrockness: Years of scouring the internet for a truly complete list of all live music happening in the Windy City has led us to Ohmyrockness.
Fakeshore Drive: Fakeshore Drive is the only hip hop blog you need to look into. Andrew Barber can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Chicago hip hop and beyond. Really impressive mp3s, too.
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Pitchfork: Pitchfork has been the what what in indie rock for quite some time, and that bad-ass little music festival they throw every summer (you may have heard of it) ain't bad either.
AV Club: AV Club is a vortex for cool stuff in the world of music and culture. You'll get lost in here for hours, and you wont mind.
Windy City Rock: This blog covers the Chicago music scene gamut. Album reviews, show listings, you name it. This is the blog you send your band's first EP to.
best chicago news blogs
News & Events
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Chicagoist: This ain't grandpa's news source. Stay up on all goings-on around the Windy City while being simultaneously entertained. Genius.
Gapers Block: If there is a way to give listings sex appeal, Gapers Block has found it. We feel cuter just reading this baby.
HuffPo Chicago: A portion of our day is devoted to HuffPo, simply because we trust it to tell us about important news and events in Chicago. It's your city, and you should know what's happening in it.
Metromix: If an award existed for "best blog photo galleries," Metromix would win it. Not only can you read about everything in Chicago funland, you can also see it.
refinery29 editors picks
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Editor's Picks
Mugshot Monday: The brainchild of Lisa Frame is pure genius. By letting readers check out the young hustlers in and around Chicago, she's created a network full of thinkers and doers like no other.
Scoutandlo: This is a go-to for the days you're starved for inspiration. Laura Watson's baby will kick-start your creativity, trust.
MaterialGirls: In an effort to quiet our own lust for a better bedroom, kitchen island, or even the illusive throw pillow, we head to MaterialGirls to ogle the finest and most inspiring happenings in interior design.
The Shiny Squirrel: The Shiny Squirrel takes our breath away. We imagine that the lusty roundups featured here are what our left brains look like when we go to sleep.
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Shopping
Retail Therapy: Product reviews and where-to-finds run rampant on Retail Therapy. Hide your credit cards.
Racked Chicago: Up-to-the-minute info on openings, closings, and all the sales in between all right here.
Second City Style: We love this blog for interviews with Chicago style insiders, and spot-on info about new beauty products.
FashionistaChicago: A great Chicago trend-watch is just a mouse-click away.
The Possessionista: We love television-based shopping, and until we see a "sold out" sign, we're happy.
Style
The Style Rookie: Tavi Gevinson, The Style Rookie herself, hails from sweet home Chicago. Never underestimate this budding fashion maven—she knows her stuff.
Don't Be Chi: Your style rut needs a good dose of Don't Be Chi. Get inspired.
ChiCityFashion: There is a personal nature to ChiCityFashion that we love. It feels like chatting with our pals!
ChiTown Fashionista: We can't get enough of reading interviews on ChiTown Fashionista, and looking through tons of trunk show/sale photos!
Beauty
The Beauty Girl: One of our favorite local heroes, Nicole Pearl, dishes beauty advice like it's her job. Oh wait, it is!
Glowlist Chicago: We're especially into this beauty blog because of a cool focus on fitness and wellness. Never a bad thing, ever.
PrettyCity: This is the Chicago go-to for beauty discounts. If it exists, PrettyCity's got it. There is no need to pay full price for a pedi ever again!
Personal Style
See Jane: See Jane's style adventures are pretty and practical (and she was one of our Top Style Blogger finalists, too!). Add this one to your daily read.
The Style Tribe: If you need a little more than one person's style story, how about five? The Style Tribe is a sartorial army conquering Chicago, one photo at a time.
I Live For It: We all dream of being bi-coastal, but these girls actually are. This blog reminds us of our chats with Refinery29 Los Angeles Editor, Kate Mulling.
The Midwestyle: Boys! With style! The rumors are true, folks. Gently forward this one to the man in your life who needs (but is reluctant to accept) sartorial assistance.
Home
Apartment Therapy Chicago: Raise your hand if you're living in an apartment. All one million of you can lower your hands now. We don't have backyards, garages, or even our own front door, but we have this blog. So there!
ChitownLiving: This is your at-home all-in-one. Words on any imaginable issue that arises in home buying, decorating, or legalizing can be found here.
Curbed Chicago: Even if you're not ready for your pie-in-the sky real-estate purchase, this blog will motivate you to get there.
Street Style
Chicago Streetstyle Scene: Our own Amy Creyer keeps a blog full of street style snaps. Check out the goods, stat.
Tres Awesome: We adore Emma Arnold's photography and love featuring it in our street style posts. Lots more to see here.
Chicago Looks: We love the Wicker Park vibe of Chicago Looks, totally inspiring!
Bike Fancy: It's street style on bikes. What else do you really need?
Humor
The Onion: We're throwing a huge amount of pride in The Onion's direction. When was the last time you missed a day? We can't remember either.
El-No Chicago: Absolute hilarity reigns on El-No. Check out things you never want to see, but can't stop staring at.
BYOBandits: Technically a food blog, but so cleverly written the laughter spills across our keyboards. Well done, boys.
Food
Chicago Bites: Chicago Bites has some really relatable food reviews. We're not talking foie gras ice cream, we're talking deep-dish and waffles.
Chicago Foodies: You'll find all the info you want on this blog, not just the info that everyone else can't stop talking about. Check out some cool meal ideas, too!
Eater Chicago: All the food news that's fit to eat is in one place—here.
312 Dining Diva: We don't know how she does it, but the 312 Dining Diva gets the scoop on all things food, wine, and gossip in Chi-town.
Lifestyle
The Feast Chicago: If you can't choose between Eat, Shop, or Play, don't worry, you don't have to. Inside info on all the things we do for fun is in one place.
Cheeky Chicago: Ladies, start your engines. Cheeky Chicago will tell you where to hang out this week, and why.
Urban Daddy: If it isn't the sexiest site on the web, it's close. A posh look into what Chicago scenesters are into.
Music
Ohmyrockness: Years of scouring the internet for a truly complete list of all live music happening in the Windy City has led us to Ohmyrockness.
Fakeshore Drive: Fakeshore Drive is the only hip hop blog you need to look into. Andrew Barber can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Chicago hip hop and beyond. Really impressive mp3s, too.
Pitchfork: Pitchfork has been the what what in indie rock for quite some time, and that bad-ass little music festival they throw every summer (you may have heard of it) ain't bad either.
AV Club: AV Club is a vortex for cool stuff in the world of music and culture. You'll get lost in here for hours, and you wont mind.
Windy City Rock: This blog covers the Chicago music scene gamut. Album reviews, show listings, you name it. This is the blog you send your band's first EP to.
News & Events
Chicagoist: This ain't grandpa's news source. Stay up on all goings-on around the Windy City while being simultaneously entertained. Genius.
Gapers Block: If there is a way to give listings sex appeal, Gapers Block has found it. We feel cuter just reading this baby.
HuffPo Chicago: A portion of our day is devoted to HuffPo, simply because we trust it to tell us about important news and events in Chicago. It's your city, and you should know what's happening in it.
Metromix: If an award existed for "best blog photo galleries," Metromix would win it. Not only can you read about everything in Chicago funland, you can also see it.
Editor's Picks
Mugshot Monday: The brainchild of Lisa Frame is pure genius. By letting readers check out the young hustlers in and around Chicago, she's created a network full of thinkers and doers like no other.
Scoutandlo: This is a go-to for the days you're starved for inspiration. Laura Watson's baby will kick-start your creativity, trust.
MaterialGirls: In an effort to quiet our own lust for a better bedroom, kitchen island, or even the illusive throw pillow, we head to MaterialGirls to ogle the finest and most inspiring happenings in interior design.
The Shiny Squirrel: The Shiny Squirrel takes our breath away. We imagine that the lusty roundups featured here are what our left brains look like when we go to sleep.
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