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[Sponsored] The Sosh TBR List: May 16

Sosh Chicago Review

If there's one thing I hate, it's being bored. No wonder then that I'm really into Sosh, a discovery app recently launched in Chicago that helps you find fun and interesting things to do. The company's tagline is "Life's too short to be bored," and I couldn't agree more.

One of my favorite things about Sosh is that you can use it as a mobile app or through your web browser. I spend a lot of my day on the computer so I find it easier to browse the site's recommendations that way. Sosh offers curated experience collections like "Under $30," "Fit for Foodies" and "Late Night Dinner Spots," but also lets you search what's available nearby at any time. When you click on ideas that interest you, you get location information, menus and a link to the location's Yelp reviews. You can even book through OpenTable straight from some listings. My results are tailored to my preferences for food, spas and classes, which I selected when I first signed up.

Sosh requires you go log in with Facebook so it can use your likes to customize your experience and to make it easier to follow your friends. For me, Facebook login is less preferable to simply creating an account with my email, so I'd like to see that option in the future. I don't currently follow many people on Sosh but as more of my local friends get on it, I'll probably start checking out the activities they're bookmarking. I'd love to be able to create shared lists in the future, so I can compile experience wishlists with friends and family.

Are you on Sosh? It's available in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, DC and Seattle. If you're not using it yet, give it a try and join me in my quest to kick boredom in the butt.

In the spirit of celebrating Sosh, this week's links are dedicated to businesses and experiences I've discovered through the app.

- This year's Grant Park Music Festival lineup (more detail on Sosh) looks awesome. I want to see "The Legend of the Northern Lights."

- The new Godzilla flick looks stupid, but it would probably be fun at the old-school Cascade Drive-In. They sell Sour Patch Kids, right?

- I've been to Table Fifty-Two for dinner but brunch sounds amazing.

- There's a Japanese garden in Hyde Park? Sounds like a perfect spot for a post-Museum of Science and Industry stroll.

- Free yoga classes in Millennium Park! What's your favorite pose? I love Warrior 2.

- Four words: Printers Row Lit Fest (more detail on Sosh).

- I've never made a custom perfume but I'd love to try.

- Through June 15, you can see the Warhol exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Free admission for Illinois residents on Tuesdays!

This post was sponsored by Sosh but opinions are, as always, my own.

Ruth Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being" & Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Udon Noodles

Ruth Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being" & Sweet and Spicy Shrimp with Udon Noodles

At The Table With...Nik Sharma of A Brown Table

At The Table With...Nik Sharma of A Brown Table