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Megy Karydes

Writer

Chicago, Illinois

Megy Karydes

Lover of food, travel, adventures and, oh yea, writing. Best part of my life is when I get to merge all of those loves together.

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Bringing the Arts to the Blind

Brett Shishkoff goes to the theater, enjoys museum exhibits, attends the opera and swims with friends. He’s also blind. “All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It. Until recently, however, Chicago stages didn’t make it easy for those who were blind or visually impaired. But in 2015, the Chicago Community Trust brought together Chicago arts community leaders to address accessibility for patrons with disabilities.
Chicago Health magazine Link to Story
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The New, White-Collar Apprenticeship

Thanks to a push by the insurance industry, apprentices may be coming to an office near you.
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The Pull of Tiny Homes Made of Stone

Tiny homes are gaining traction as more homeowners are deciding that living with less means living more. Natural stone has become a popular building material for these homes. Karen Keating, AIA, ASID, president and architect with TKP Architects pc, in Golden, Colorado, began noticing the interest in smaller homes right after 9/11 and saw the trend pick up steam when the recession hit.
The Natural Stone Institute Link to Story
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Mystery Dinner in Chicago

Mikey Corona, bow tie-clad emcee for the evening, gives us a sly smile as he explains the dessert being set before us. “We’re having cornmeal pound cake with saffron whip, sweet tomato chutney and just a sprinkling of sal de gusano. Does anyone know what sal de gusano is?”. he asks, looking down the dining table for reactions.
Midwest Living magazine Link to Story
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The Food Science Lab is Teaching Students to Grow Food in a Chicago High School

Carl Schurz High School isn’t technically located in a “food desert,” but it might as well be. Nine out of 10 students attending this Chicago high school come from low-income households, where highly processed foods and fast food are the norm. Yet, a surprising development is unfolding within these very walls. On a particularly cold February day, with snow still on the ground, many Carl Schurz students were served fresh micro-greens as part of their Chicago Public School-provided lunch. “Wow, it’s fresh as hell,” one student declared as he tasted his salad. “It actually tastes pretty good.” For many students, it’s not only one of the first times they’ve tasted fresh greens, it’s the first time they’ve been able to trace the origin of their food. Granted, it’s easy in this case because it came from the Food Science Lab located on the first floor of their school, in a former English classroom.
Civil Eats Link to Story
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Can Space-Aged Tomato Seeds Save an American Food Desert?

Despite having three grocery stores within a mile radius, many students attending Carl Schurz High School in Chicago have never eaten a fresh piece of lettuce, much less know where their food is grown. This year, that’s changing for some with the construction of the school’s new food science lab. The lab allows them to grow everything from tomato seeds that have orbited through space to earthly micro-greens, arugula, and kale in a variety of different environments. “There’s a huge disconnect between environmental and food science education, the actual process of growing, and teaching students what that process is,” says Mitch Arsenie, an AP environmental science teacher at Shurz High School, which is located on the city’s northwest side. But he’s not starting out small. He’s starting with tomato seeds that have spent some time on the International Space Station (ISS).
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Are You Ready for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Art Experience?

Fans of Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles might be surprised to learn that the artist painted three distinct versions of his intimate room. From February 14 through May 10, 2016, for the first time ever in North America, visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago will have the opportunity to view all three of Van Gogh's "Bedroom" paintings at an exhibit called Van Gogh's Bedrooms.
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The Classic Chicago Dive Bars You Have to Visit

Each of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods has its own identifiable cultural landmark or characteristic, be it a statue, museum, or local dive bar. Some residents find a neighborhood becomes a true community when they locate their no-frills watering hole. If you want to truly drink like a local, then these are the pubs to know.
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A Spot of Downton Abbey in Chicago

Try not to be tempted, as I was, to reach and touch the decadent velvet that Countess of Grantham Cora Crawley wore in an episode of Downton Abbey. The docents are watching at The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, home to Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times. This 19th-century Chicago mansion brimming with architectural features and antiques from the Gilded Age provides the perfect backdrop for more than 35 costumes from the British period drama that recently wrapped up its final season.
Midwest Living Link to Story
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Chicago's Best Weekend Getaways to Get You Excited For Spring

The Midwest's brutal winters provide ample inspiation for weekend trips when the warm weather hits. Here are some of our favorite getaways, in several nearby states. The main silver lining to Chicago's brutal winter months is the reward of a trip when the weather finally turns. Longer days, fewer layers, and more time outdoors has us plotting spring break trips.
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6 Last-Minute Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day In Chicago

Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us, even though the date never changes. Thankfully, Chicago makes it easy for 11th-hour Romeos (and Juliets) to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are some of the best ways to spend a romantic February 14 in Chicago without making it seem like you...um...forgot.
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7 Chicago Bars We're Secretly Obsessed With

Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe, whether we’re looking for a post-work drink or a swanky date night. RM Champagne Salon Glittering lights in a secluded alley lead the way to RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop.
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About

Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes established Karydes Consulting in 2007 to offer professional writing, marketing and public relations services to publishers, media outlets, organizations and individuals working for positive social change as well as to support women-owned businesses.