A Newbie’s Guide to Tokusatsu

KnitChick/ January 10, 2019/ Tokusatsu/ 0 comments

What is tokusatsu? Tokusatsu is a genre, it simply translates to “special effects” and is actually a pretty broad term. There are really quite a few shows and movies that could be considered “tokusatsu” just by the general nature of the term (even American movies like the Avengers would fall under that definition), but most fans mean a specific type

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Newbie’s Guide to Conventions

KnitChick/ January 6, 2019/ Conventions/ 0 comments

So you want to attend a convention? That’s great! Nowadays there are so many different fun conventions of all different types to choose from. There’s anime cons, entertainment cons, fandom-specific cons, literature cons, and everything else under the sun. This guide will cover the differences between types of conventions, how to gather the information you need to make a decision

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All about KnitChick

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ About Me/ 0 comments

Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m Mary Jo, aka KnitChick, and I’ve been online far too long (over 20 years at this point). I’m a lifelong Chicagoan, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else! My undergraduate degree is in Communications, Mass Media & Theatre, while I have a Masters in Library & Information Science. Currently I’m working

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Rosemont Dining Guide

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

This is a guide to the many food options available in Rosemont. As quite a few conventions take place in the area, I have been working to put this together to help people who are unfamiliar with the area decide where to eat. I live just around the corner from Rosemont, so I am pretty familiar with the town and

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Hotel Cluster

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

Directly across River Road from the convention center is a small cluster of hotels. Each hotel has one or more places to eat inside, as well, for those who do not wish to venture far from their hotel.

Restaurants near Allstate Arena

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

Next to the Allstate Arena (which will forever be the Rosemont Horizon to some of us), there is a small shopping center with a great variety of food joints to choose from. There are also a couple of spots across from the Arena as well.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a large outlet mall situated along I-294 at Balmoral. With two stories of stores and restaurants, there are plenty of options both in the food court and scattered through the building.

Parkway Bank Park

KnitChick/ January 4, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

Parkway Bank Park is an entertainment area located between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral, behind the Doubletree, Embassy Suites, and Hilton hotels and next to I-294. It is full of restaurants, with some entertainment venues, and an area that is covered in artificial grass in the summer, then becomes a skating rink in winter. 

Fogo de Chao

KnitChick/ January 3, 2019/ Rosemont Guide/ 0 comments

A Brazillian steakhouse where they stuff you full of meat until you swear off eating for a week, Fogo de Chao is located in Parkway Bank Park in Rosemont.