Call it the tomboy truffle. Take those classic manly snacks — pretzels and beer — and wrap them up in a little ball of smooth, rich milk chocolate ganache. There you have it: the beer and pretzel truffle from Chicago’s own Truffle Truffle chocolate shop. Feeling a little more gourmet? Check out their pinot truffle — a scrumptious little ball of red-wine infused dark chocolate ganache, covered in another layer of dark chocolate.
A recent system of storms blew through the entire Northeast, drenching parts of Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, but failing to drop any moisture on heat-paralyzed Baltimore. Still, the massive lightning cloud that loomed just south of the city a couple days ago was amazing to look at. It was probably related to the […]
Post 27 is a unique and beautiful space on Chicago Ave in the Ukrainian Village. I first stumbled upon this ‘all things interior’ boutique a few weeks back, helping a friend move a table. Their new website showcases much of their vintage furniture, jewelery, and art that is held within this stunning establishment.
Chicago artist Charlie Megna leads a simple life of skateboarding, painting, and drinking with friends. I envy him. Perhaps it’s this casual mid-west approach to urban life that provides him the tongue-in-cheek platform with which he pokes at modern life from. With content ranging from oil consumption to technological advances, state pride to abstract kitty cats, he can also draw a very pretty tree. A good number of Megna’s paintings are currently hanging at People Lounge in Wicker Park, and will be up for the remainder of the month.
Officially, Avec is first and foremost a wine bar. Yet, a few minutes in this vibrant, energetic Chicago-based space and it’s quickly evident that it’s so much more. Set in a long, narrow honey-colored room wrapped in cedar and hickory, with five communal tables and red oak seating, the atmosphere is loud and boisterous, filled with lively conversation and music to match. Within this James Beard Award Winning designed room, rustic cuisine, charcuterie, and cheese from the Mediterranean regions of Southern France, Portugal, Italy, and Spain are served as small and large plates.
Seattle band Fleet Foxes create such delicate, seductive and soulful music that you kinda want to pick up a guitar again, dust off the rusty strings, and see if any of their heartfelt, introspective magic rubs off. Quick disclaimer: it doesn’t.
This American film was chosen to launch the Australian-wide Human Rights Film Festival. Through the use of archive footage and animation, it tells the story of protests in Chicago against additional troop deployment and the introduction of a national draft, and is a rare mix of being both historically significant and extremely entertaining. The action […]
This map is more useless than Apple’s maps! And that’s saying a lot! These maps that do not give the user any form of direction or orientation are part of Clemen Villa’s web project, 3D maps minus the 3D. Though the maps are unintelligible to the human eye – unless you have cyborg eyes then […]
Kuma’s Corner, a burger restaurant in Chicago, is in the middle of a religious uproar. So what does burgers have anything to do with religion and desecration and burning in eternal damnation? Well, this burger joint, more popular for its heavy metal-themed burgers, just created the Ghost Burger – ten ounces of meat, topped with aged white cheddar cheese, ghost chili aioli, and unconsecrated wafer and red wine reduction.
Creative Mornings is monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! Started in New York by Tina Roth Eisenberg, founder of Swissmiss, CreativeMornings has chapters around the world including Chicago, London, Zurich, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, and Auckland, among others.
The second video from Happy Music Radio Hour’s EP, The Chicago Manual of Style, features mechanized robot arms, gameboys, nuclear explosions, clones and spaceships, which is entirely appropriate given the subject matter of the song. Set to a relentless Kraftwerkian beat, is it an indictment of technology? A celebration? A portent of the approaching singularity? Whatever […]
Chicago-based photographer Peter Hoffman, we must say, has a pretty cool Fox River Derivatives series, where he takes developed negatives of the river near his Illinois home and ignites them on fire after dousing them lightly with gasoline. The idea came about after BP’s 2010 massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and some […]
Founded by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, Nouvelle Vague have used a variety of female singers including Alexandra Pavlou, Mélanie Pain, Marina Celeste and Phoebe Killdeer for their unique acoustic covers of classic New Wave 80s tunes.
How clever is this? Kent Frayn and Joe Walsh from Chicago have designed a handcrafted wall-mounted bottle opener constructed from a solid slab of wood — and it comes with a powerful magnet catch that will snatch up all your fallen bottle caps before they hit the ground. The only fault we can find with […]
Polvo are a critically acclaimed and widely influential rock band from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that were active during the 1990 before reforming recently for a benefit for WKNC at the Pour Haus. The band was fronted by vocalists-guitarists Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski. We asked David Brylawski to give us a rundown, in his […]