A Good Girl on the Darknet

A Luckbox columnist slips into darkness and sees the light Imagine you’re at your desk when you get a text message on your phone. Oh, is it the cutie from the tiki bar? Nope. It’s Chase bank, and they want to know if you intended to purchase all-season tires and a latex female anatomy simulator. … Continued

Catfish Are Biting in Love and in Money

Separate fact from fiction to reveal the traps set by bogus online daters and fake financial marketers  Imagine that you’re using a dating app and swipe right on a comely lass or rugged fella. You “match” and then the witty banter ensues. A few flirty emojis, some well-placed innuendos, and your heart starts beating fast. … Continued

Benefits with Friends

A Starbucks in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Ill., bears a striking resemblance to nearly any other strip mall Starbucks. It’s filled with cougars wearing yoga pants, students tapping at laptops and geriatric Russians playing chess. I find a seat at a communal table and place my laptop case on the seat across from me. … Continued

Future Shtick

Psychic, or psyched out? My visit to a fortune teller When luckbox asked me to visit a psychic for this future-focused issue, I felt “shook.” I grew up in the days of Miss Cleo’s “call me now” television infomercials and the hit show “Crossing Over with John Edwards” (the medium, not the baby mama drama … Continued

Are Smartphones Dumbing Us Down?

The desperate are seeking help with their digital addiction. The smartphone—that slender slab of glass and metal gently warming your inner thigh through the pocket of your jeans—packs more raw computing power than NASA’s engineers had at their disposal in 1969 to send a man to the moon. To paraphrase the great philosopher Homer Simpson, … Continued

CBD: Placebo or Panacea?

It’s been a while since a trend has whipped the zeitgeist into more of a frenzy than CBD has managed. Keto came close, there was that whole grapefruit diet fad and there were the “fat-free” potato chips whose only side effect was explosive diarrhea. If there were a shortcut to wellness, or a one-size-fits-all pill, … Continued

CBD: A Physician’s Perspective

Legalization is so important for people who use cannabis medically on a regular basis An experienced physician, Chicago-based Dr. Rahul Khare, finds his patients benefit from CBD and THC but cautions against accepting below par products. He recently shared his thoughts on the present and future of cannabis. Your thoughts on legalization? Dr. Rahul Khare: … Continued

A New Take on the Highball

CBD is showing up everywhere, even in cocktails. So luckbox asked contributing editor and Fake Financial News columnist Vonetta Logan to check it out. Kuma’s on Fulton is at the epicenter of Chicago’s new food mecca, the Fulton Market District.  Even before you set foot inside, the thrashing beat of heavy metal rearranges your internal … Continued

Esports Sensei

Move over math and science: tutors are teaching electronic gaming and making a living at it The American education system has become an arms race of intellectual achievement, with mentors, tutors and coaches pushing students to pursue perspicacity in fields as varied as math, science, creative writing and even competitive tennis and soccer.  That fevered … Continued

IPOs Aren’t For Real

POs (initial public offerings) are back, baby!  Here at luckbox, the editors are partying like it’s the dot com bubble of 1999. To borrow a line from the seminal film The Social Network, the story of Facebook (FB) evolving from dorm-room-based stalking site to global threat to democracy, co-creator of Napster (NAPS) Sean Parker supposedly … Continued