• How to Support Black Businesses in Chicago on Blackout Day 2020How to Support Black Businesses in Chicago on Blackout Day 2020
    In the continued struggle for justice and equality against racial injustice, with much of our current landscape in the struggle shaped in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and an unbelievably expansive list of other names, Black economic support and solidarity is… Read more »
  • Chicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory Takes Effect TodayChicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory Takes Effect Today
    The public health order issued on the evening of Thursday, July 2nd, by Dr. Allison Arwady, the leader of the Chicago Department of Public Health, goes into effect today. Chicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory was ordered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week amid the concerns of rising coronavirus case numbers in… Read more »
  • 6 Chicago Attractions Opening to Visitors This July6 Chicago Attractions Opening to Visitors This July
    With the continued (and careful) implementation of Phase 4 in Chicago, we’re seeing more and more businesses and attractions reopen across the city. Many of us are eager to regain some semblance of normalcy — at least when it comes to our summer activities — but many of us are… Read more »
  • 6 Best Motorcycle Routes Within 3 Hours of Chicago6 Best Motorcycle Routes Within 3 Hours of Chicago
    Hey, Chicago riders, summer is officially here! Which means it’s time to break out your ol’ trusty two wheels and hit the open road. Maybe you’ve already cruised down Lake Shore Drive or taken your bike to the burbs. But here are a few motorcycle routes near you to add… Read more »
  • 6 Places to Shop & Eat at the Magnificent Mile6 Places to Shop & Eat at the Magnificent Mile
    Encompassing a 13-block segment of North Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile has long been known to locals and tourists alike for being a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Michigan Avenue has changed a lot since it was first set on its path to becoming a central commercial area as… Read more »
  • 18 Oldest Bars and Restaurants in Minneapolis18 Oldest Bars and Restaurants in Minneapolis
    With an abundance of places in Minneapolis to get your grub and suds, one can afford to be a little more choosy when it comes to picking out a place for food and drink. There’s plenty of history to absorb in this city, especially in establishments that have stood the… Read more »
  • 10 Gorgeous Waterfalls You Can Find Within 2 Hours of the Twin Cities10 Gorgeous Waterfalls You Can Find Within 2 Hours of the Twin Cities
    Waterfalls are always enchanting and seem to only exist in fairytale lands. No true! Minnesota is not only the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it is also home to hundreds of waterfalls. These waterfalls are among local favorites and within a two-hour drive of the Twin Cities. Photo Credit: Minnehaha… Read more »
  • Protestors Demand Justice for George Floyd in #BlackLivesMatter Demonstrations
    George Floyd was arrested and then killed in broad daylight on Monday, May 25, when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground with his knee on his neck until he couldn’t breathe. The arrest and subsequent murder were caught on film by multiple witnesses, sparking nearly a… Read more »
  • How to Minimize Culture Shock When Moving to the Twin CitiesHow to Minimize Culture Shock When Moving to the Twin Cities
    So you’re coming to the Twin Cities? That’s fantastic! There’s so much to do around the city and so much to see, from natural parks to urban living. But we understand it can be a bit daunting venturing into a new living space. One may be unsure of how to… Read more »
  • 10 Stunning Murals You Can Find Around Minneapolis10 Stunning Murals You Can Find Around Minneapolis
    Arguably, street art is one of the most beautiful artforms. The art never feels clinical. Always robust and full of passion. The fact that murals have to compete with the surrounding metropolis and make a statement is impressive in itself. Street art literally makes passersby stop in their tracks. Here… Read more »
  • Where to Buy Red, White & Blue American Flag MasksWhere to Buy Red, White & Blue American Flag Masks
    It’s official; Phoenix and surrounding cities have mandated masks. With masks being mandated and worn all over the country, finding a design you love is easier than ever. And with the 4th of July coming up, why not rep your country with pride while keeping yourself protected? Check out one… Read more »
  • 5 LGBTQ+ Businesses in Phoenix You Can Support Right Now5 LGBTQ+ Businesses in Phoenix You Can Support Right Now
    All across Phoenix are amazing businesses run by LGBTQ+ professionals with varying backgrounds that need your support. What they bring to the table may differ, but they all represent the prevalent local business culture and queer culture alike that makes Phoenix such an economic powerhouse. Photo Credit: Phoenix Coqui Facebook… Read more »
  • 10 Gorgeous Arizona State Parks Within 3 Hours of Phoenix10 Gorgeous Arizona State Parks Within 3 Hours of Phoenix
    Arizona is known for its rugged, natural beauty, and, as anyone could guess, there are tons of state parks that act as tributes to protecting that beauty. But what if you just want to go for a day trip outside your Phoenix abode? Well, these 10 Arizona state parks are… Read more »
  • Here’s How You Can Support the Black Community and #BlackLivesMatter Protests in Phoenix
    As #BlackLivesMatter protests continue for a second week, we at UrbanMatter want you to know that we stand with the black community. Our responsibility as human beings is to support black people and our responsibility as a news outlet is to share ways to help. So here are a few… Read more »
  • 8 Incredible Hot Dogs You Can Get Near Phoenix8 Incredible Hot Dogs You Can Get Near Phoenix
    Whatever American fare you’re looking for around Phoenix, you’re likely to find it — from burgers to pizza to wings. That rule also applies to one of the biggest food staples we all know and love: hot dogs! The Phoenix area definitely has a lot of hot dog eateries that… Read more »