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Best coffee in Chicago? The La Colombe Cafe

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 August 2012

Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Warehouse district! Restaurant corridor! Either way you look at it, Randolph and Halsted in Chicago is one of the best areas to store your … whatever, or find the newest and best places in the city to eat. But even better than that, you can spend a long and quiet afternoon sipping what is undoubtedly the best coffee you’ve ever tasted served by the friendly and eclectic staff.

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Chicago’s Bittersweet Cafe serves tasty works of art

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 July 2012

Is rap music ‘music’? Is pop art ‘art’? Here’s another insoluble: suppose a pastry chef uses flour, water, sugar, chocolate, frosting, and other yummy fixins to create a cake. When the cake is presented, is it a piece of art?

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Rotofuji Gallery: the funnest place in Chicago

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By Kevin T. Stein in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 July 2012

According to Krusty the Klown, the funnest place on Earth is Tijuana. But the funnest place in Chicago is the Rotofugi Gallery. Whether you pronounce is with a hard ‘g’ or a ‘j’, the Rotofugi Gallery is the city’s focal point for all things vinyl toy, low brow, and otherwise disrespectful.

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New music by Chicago-based band Blane Fonda

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Blane Fonda is a five-piece dance rock outfit based in Chicago. The band’s debut LP, Foolish Croon, and stand-alone single “Sounds Like Static” follow the 2009 EP Master of Stars and Broken Arms. The surrealist documentary The Tall Tale of Blane Fonda was written and illustrated by lead vocalist Mark Wetzel and animated by Ian Pfaff.

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Flour and Bones: a new restaurant in Chicago

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By Jason Lips in Cool Travel on Friday 29 June 2012

I first encountered Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo’s cuisine at one of their X-Marx underground dinners. I recall being blown away by their hot Caesar salad soup accompanied by deep fried anchovies. Now they are opening Flour and Bones, a permanent restaurant in Chicago. Expect fantastic casual but creative dishes, influenced by their recent culinary […]

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Photos of Chicago, New York in the 50s and 60s

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By Elizabeth Hosking in New Photography on Saturday 12 May 2012

Vivian Maier has one of those bodies of work that is hard to overlook. The mysterious, and only recently discovered, nanny-photographer has left behind an incredible collection of photographs from the streets of Chicago and New York during the late 50s and 60s. I’m invariably refreshed when I stumble across a strong female photographer, and Maier’s impressive legacy of work is no exception.

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Chicago Mixtape

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By Eric Michaels of Paper Thick Walls in New Music on Monday 13 February 2012

Chicago Mixtape is the brainchild of Casey Meehan. Subscribers receive an email every week that includes a free mix tape of Chicago bands with upcoming shows in the city. The service keeps your iTunes fresh with trending music. In addition, Chicago Mixtape holds a live music series that features mix tape alumni at some of […]

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Gonzo Chicago: documenting the local music community

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By Mutts in Cool Websites on Tuesday 24 January 2012

Every rock band worth its drumsticks has crammed onto moist rugs in the corner of damp basements to play through questionably grounded amplification for dozens of overzealous under-agers spilling piss-water beer onto any gear that still works. It is the most inspired and enjoyable time in a band’s existence. Gonzo Chicago documents these moments and […]

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Chicago band Mutts with their song Pray for Rain

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Wednesday 18 January 2012

Chicago’s Mutts have just released their first full-length, Pray for Rain. The album’s call to arms is band leader Mike Maimone’s Tom Waits-style growl, which is accompanied by fuzzed-out organ, greasy guitar hooks and brutal drumming.

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Chicago band Bailiff: Little By Little live at Pritzker Pavilion

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By Mutts in New Music on Sunday 8 January 2012

In early 2011, I met fellow Chicagoans Bailiff through our mutual friend and engineer, Jon Alvin. We share a love for the blues and rock & roll, but cook them with different recipes. I feel blessed to guest with them on occasion, and learn something every time we hang out. I was moved during this […]

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Audiotree: unearthing the best new Chicago bands

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By Eric Michaels of Paper Thick Walls in New Music on Friday 16 December 2011

Audiotree is one of my favorite companies to discover new music. Based out of Chicago, the company wears many belts, including live sessions, band interviews, sponsorships and artist management. Since the recent inception of the company, they have interviewed and recorded a hundred great bands and counting, both local to Chicago and touring acts.

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Tim Lyons’ live performance on Chicago’s south side

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By Paulie poo in Video on Thursday 24 November 2011

I was drinking over the weekend as per usual, when my buddies and I stumbled accross this legend. We were playing a game where we had to type any random name into YouTube. Tim Lyons came up. Check it.

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Occasionally Perfect Billboard at Wrigley Field in Chicago

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By Lost At E Minor in Video on Saturday 1 October 2011

On September 28, 2011, a Chicago billboard at Wrigley Field became Occasionally Perfect, just like last month in New York. Check out the video!

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Mentally Restarted: electronic beats out of Chicago

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By Future Jared in New Music on Tuesday 27 September 2011

Crazy name, huh? Mentally Restarted is also known as Future Jared. The project is based in Chicago and produces electronic tracks: some are full of beats that’ll get your body moving and some will make you just want to lean back and relax.

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Grahamwich: a new eatery in Chicago

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 19 July 2011

somebody told you he was going to “redefine” the sandwich shop, would you think he could do it? What if that someone was Graham Elliot: the culinary director of Lollapalooza, a judge on the TV show MasterChef, and the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant? Would you believe him?

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