If you’re headed to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in June, watch out for a herd of, er, goats. Slated to provide “sustainable vegetation management grazing services” in a two-year $100,000 contract awarded to a Chicago-based company, they’ll be grazing on weeds and invasive plants on the 120 acres or so weedy grounds there. The arragement [...]
Jon Damaschke is a Chicago animator-turned-photographer whose work blows us away. He has an incredible vintage aesthetic, which is easy to love, and a unique photographic perspective. Considering how amazing his work is, it’s stunning that he’s only been pursuing photography for a few years.
Chicago musician James Swanberg (under the moniker Today’s Hits) is in the midst of a song-a-day project running on two years. That’s right, for 685 consecutive days (and counting) he’s written and home-recorded a new song, without exception. His mostly garage rock songs are usually around a minute long. They get to the point and [...]
Recently, some folks at the Chicago Tribune headed down to the basement and found a bunch of glass-plate negatives from the 1920s and 30s. Some of these glorious old photographs were of famed mobster Al Capone during his 1931 trial for tax evasion. At one time a populist hero, Al brought booze to the people when uptight sycophants thought it best to keep everyone sober and agitated. Now his legend lives on in black and white.
I recently had the pleasure of listening to Chicago-based band The Congregation in a small venue near my studio in Pilsen. The brass was sharp, the guitars were bluesy, and Gina Bloom really knows how to belt out some gut wrenching material. The Congregation is what happens when you combine that undefinable soulful presence with [...]
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.
Chicago-based artist and illustrator Travis Lampe’s work is highly influenced by the old-timey cartoons and animations. Despite the fact that unicorns and rainbows are a big part of his visual imagery, his works are usually pretty sad, but in a fun kind of way.
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.
Chicago band The Kickback performs Scorched Earth (Do-Da) at Goodtwin, a branding and design firm in Omaha, Nebraska. This is The Kickback’s second Love Drunk session. The first was shot on the roof of Sandy’s in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Adi Baltazar is a very visual person, so when he gets funny text messages, he tend to envision them occurring in a literal sense, which adds to the hilarity. He’s also a big user of Google docs.
Loyal Divide are a criminally unknown band from Chicago. They have a sound all their own: soft, almost sensual male vocals, paired with intense electronic noises and underpinned by triphop style rhythms. The video for their single Vision Vision is secretly live action.
If you think the world of fried pastry starts with Dunkin Donuts and ends with Krispy Kreme, then you need to hop on the next plane to Chicago. As of about three weeks ago, the Windy City is now home to a tiny underground shop called The Doughnut Vault, where “fat and delicious” doughnuts are made fresh every morning.
Jessica Labatte received a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her photography of ‘everyday objects and materials focus on color and shape while emphasizing a collage aesthetic grounded in both the illusionistic tendencies of photography and the still life tradition’. One of her images was recently featured on the cover of Fantom, and her joint show with Ali Bailey recently concluded at the Poppy Sebire Gallery in London.
James Pobiega aka Little Howlin Wolf was an iconic figure in Chicago, playing sax and blues on the streets of the Windy City for decades until he moved to Baltimore. Now he’s a fixture here, and he’s quickly become one of the many unforgettable characters that makes this city so amazing.