MakerBus by Chris Bue

Reflections on StartupBus 2015

The concept of StartupBus sounds like a joke, or at the very least a Survivor-esque test of wills and challenges, sans the camera. Twenty to 30 people on a bus, a tour of several hundred miles ending in Nashville while we form teams, build viable products and compete with other teams…
Andersonville Chicago

Lesser-known Andersonville haunts to check out

Andersonville is a great Chicago neighborhood: Tons of bars, restaurants, boutiques and unique shops to keep you busy. But for all the times I’ve been there, I tend to go toward the “usuals:” Kopi Cafe, Hopleaf, Andies, Ann Sather. And there’s so much more to this neighborhood, which is celebrating its 50th…
Toronto's graffiti alley

Toronto’s amazing street art in Graffiti Alley

Toronto is an amazing city, and I loved wandering Queen Street’s eclectic boutiques, cafes and restaurants. But the alleyways behind Queen, called “Graffiti Alley” or Rush Lane, offer up blocks of amazing street art on a scale I’ve not yet seen. It’s south of Queen Street West, between Spadina and Portland.…

Navigating McCormick Place

View image | gettyimages.com McCormick Place is one of the most popular conference and show locales in Chicago, but navigating can be stressful, even for locals. Here’s my guide from going here for – wow, decades? – and shortcuts to a less stressful experience. Getting to McCormick Place McCormick Place…
Brooklyn Graffiti

Williamsburg Brooklyn with a splash of hot sauce

Venturing into neighborhoods new to me is a personal love—I’d much rather see how the locals live than the tourist traps. My hike into Williamsburg, Brooklyn certainly gave me some Facebook fodder—and its own blog post, natch. I started off with a walk across the Williamsburg Bridge from Chinatown—not terribly…