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Smashing Pumpkins songs, improved with cats

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Tuesday 8 July 2014

Smashing Pumpkins frontman and tea shop owner Billy Corgan was recently the cover star of no-kill humane organization PAWS Chicago’s magazine, along with — yep, you guessed it — Siamese cats. Which then sparked off a friendly competition among fans of music website Stereogum to see who could come up with the best cat-themed Smashing […]

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The solution to potholes: cover them with mosaics

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Apparently, the saying, ‘if you want something done, you gotta do it yourself’, also applies to potholes. Inspired by the mosaics he saw in Italy, artist Jim Bachor has started work last year on seven of Chicago’s 600,000 potholes, filling them in with his own artistic touch. The mosaics would often read, ‘POTHOLE’, or sometimes […]

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Famous Chunkies: illustrator reimagines famous characters as overweight

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Friday 30 May 2014

Poor Batman, he’s gonna get a lot of ‘Yo Mama’ jokes with that gut hanging out of the Batsuit. In ‘Famous Chunkies’, Chicago-based artist Alex Solis reimagines many famous pop culture characters as having put on a few – ok maybe A LOT – of pounds. Now overweight and obese, many of them are struggling […]

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Hello, Acrophobia! This observation deck allows you to tilt over the city

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Tuesday 13 May 2014

Chicago’s John Hancock Center has just opened a brand new observation deck known as TILT. And just as its name implies, this observation deck allows guests to tilt over the city from the 94th storey. Tourists are secured inside an enclosed glass and steel platform that holds up to eight people at a time and gives them a 360-degree view of the Windy City.

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Lean With It: photos by Paul Octavious

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 26 March 2014

This is one unique photo series! Chicago-based photographer and designer Paul Octavious created these conceptual photographs of figures “following the angle of windswept trees”. Pretty neat, right? Now I’m not sure if any Photoshop is involved, but if not, Octavious’ subjects might’ve endured a few grazed knees after falling over trying to get in line […]

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Hand-stitched quilts embroidered with the curves and straight lines of famous cities

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 14 February 2014

For those who often find themselves lost under the sheets, these quilts will help you find your way. City Quilts are quilts, but with city maps on them! These hand-stitched quilts are embroidered with the curves and straight lines of famous cities, such as New York, Boston, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and Chicago. They’re handy […]

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Beautiful sand paintings that only last temporarily

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Artist Joe Mangrum has created over 650 public sand paintings on the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities since 2009. These bright and colourful sand paintings usually take him six to eight hours of back breaking work, only to have the temporary works disappear later on. Such is the dedication of a true artist.

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Japanese precision walking competition

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Events on Tuesday 4 February 2014

Of course synchronized team precision walking is in Japan, where else could such a not-so-normal sport be found? ‘Shuudan Koudou’, which means ‘collective action’, is a competition where teams of men and women outperform each other in a series of complex and unbelievable synchronized walking routines – similar to those of military movement exercises. The […]

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That extra $8M you have lying around can buy you Oprah’s condo

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 24 January 2014

Just thought you’d like to know that Oprah’s Chicago condo is up for sale. You know, if you have an extra $7.75M lying around (that’s around 8.8M AUD). But before you turn down the chance to sleep where O did, listen to what you’ll get. This condo features four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two half […]

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These American vintage McDonald’s Japan burgers really take the cake

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 14 January 2014

McDonald’s Japan is running the American Vintage campaign that takes its all-American heritage to an indulgent high with retro-style posters parading ‘nostalgic’ grub offerings like the Diner Double Beef with Chicago-style steak sauce and mashed potatoes. We’d have thought this was a parody of McDonald’s – only that it isn’t.

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Wired magazine runs the first ever interactive print ad

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 7 January 2014

Lookout for your edition of WIRED magazine this month. Inside of 150,000 copies (in Chicago and NYC), you’ll find the very first interactive print ad, courtesy of Digitas and T+Ink Technology. Because of the hype surrounding Motorola’s Moto X mobile phone, users who are lucky enough to get their mag hooked up to this new technology will be able to design their own Moto X phone by pressing on coloured buttons to change the colour of the smartphone’s case.

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3D maps minus the 3D

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Friday 29 November 2013

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 […]

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Burger joint serves ‘religious’ burger with communion wafer, red wine

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 17 October 2013

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.

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Creative Mornings: a monthly breakfast lecture series

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By Kuan Huang in New Events on Wednesday 21 August 2013

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.

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Shiny Machines: New music by Happy Music Radio Hour

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By Laurence Rosier Staines in New Music on Wednesday 7 August 2013

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 […]

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