Random Holidays

We love silly, random holidays!  This week is particularly full of fun, random celebrations.  Monday, March 20th starts with Extraterrestrial Abduction Day.  If E.T. is coming for me, I’m running to Pulse Fitness – I’m confident that co-owners Amy and Patrick could fight them off (I mean, have you SEEN their pictures on Facebook)!  Check out Amy and Patrick’s great fitness classes at Pulse Fitness or visit them at 1892 First Street.  They will make you feel that great health and fitness is definitely within your reach.

March 20th is also the International Day of Happiness!  While you’re evading extraterrestrials, do something that makes you happy – grab lunch at Tomo Sushi (675 Central Avenue), get a manicure at Queens Nails (1896 First Street), shop at Uncle Dan’s (621 Central Avenue), or pick up the most classic of Chicago-style pizzas at Lou Malnati’s (1890 First Street).

Tuesday is “Tea for Two Tuesday”.  Bring your favorite “second” to Love That Spice at 1893 Sheridan Road.  Owner Marlena will bring you great tea, great snacks, and the biggest smile you’ve ever seen.  You can also order online at

Wednesday is National Goof Off Day – a perfect day for all ages!  Where would you goof off in our Downtown?  Country Kitchen for breakfast?  Michael’s for lunch?  Frost for an afternoon treat?  A movie at Renaissance Place’s Landmark Theatre?  You can email by Wednesday, March 29th to enter to win a $250 Landmark Theatre gift card!   Maybe a  yoga class at Shri Yoga?  There are so many choices . . .

Thursday is National Puppy Day – get your puppy fix at Orphans of the Storm on 468 Central Avenue.  In the City of Chicago alone, over 15,000 dogs were taken in by the city animal shelter in 2015.  Get in some puppy snuggles, perhaps drop off some treats, and maybe you’ll leave with your new best friend!

Personally, Friday is my favorite random holiday – National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.  I love chocolate covered raisins and luckily for me I can get my favorite candy in multiple places.  On the East End, I can go to Confection Connection at 504 Central Avenue.  I can also go to Goodies on Central Avenue near Sprout Kids (652 and 644 Central Avenue correspondingly), or if I need to sneak it in with my grocery shopping, I can get chocolate covered raisins at Sunset Foods.  Maybe I’ll do all three – because chocolate covered raisins are amazing . . . .

Enjoy your week!