Do you like beautifully-written short fantasy? Of course you do.
Head on over to Strange Horizons to read LaShawn M. Wanak’s 21 Steps to Enlightenment (Minus One) for a little bit of wisdom, a little bit of Chicago, and a little bit of magic.
And if you like it (you probably will; it’s pretty awesome), consider supporting Strange Horizons.
ETA: Wanak has some background info about the story on her blog.