This YouTuber has a brilliant idea for holiday cheer: a portable mistletoe!

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Thursday 18 December 2014

YouTuber Blake Grisby certainly knows how to spread holiday cheer. With his clever mistletoe contraption strapped to his backpack, the greenery designed to receive a happy holiday kiss follows Blake overhead. In the middle of a Christmas market in Chicago, Blake walks around in hopes of landing some kisses and spreading some holiday cheer.

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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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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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Chicago looks like a city in the sky in this perfectly timed photo

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Monday 10 March 2014

Behold, Asgard! Oh wait, it’s actually Chicago! While en route to Chicago O’Hare International Airport amateur photographer Mark Hersch snapped this amazing photo of the city’s skyline silhouette reflected on the waters of Lake Michigan. Taken at the perfect moment, Chicago looks like an upside-down city in the sky, with God’s rays of light shining […]

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Super-large type projected onto Chicago buildings give the city a cinematic makeover

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 6 January 2014

For her Letters at Large series, designer Audra Hubbell used the urban landscape in Chicago as the canvas for super-large typography that she projected onto the city buildings. Given the black-and-white treatment, these shots almost look like they sprung right out of film noir. Which is perfectly like the Chicago we know.

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Chicago airport hires sheep, donkeys and llamas as lawn care

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Wednesday 30 October 2013

Pilots beware!  You’ll now need to keep a sharp eye out for stray sheep, donkeys and llamas when touching down at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. These herds of friendly animals are all part of the new natural lawn care system employed to maintain the 120 acres of airport land. The airport even hired shepherds to keep track […]

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Goats hired to take care of landscaping at Chicago airport

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 21 May 2013

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 […]

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Stunning photo portraits of Chicago by Jon Damaschke

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By Terrible Spaceship in New Photography on Wednesday 10 April 2013

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.

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James Swanberg has recorded a song a day for two years

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By Kentucker Audley in New Music on Friday 8 February 2013

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 […]

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Photos of Al Capone during his 1931 trial for tax evasion

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By David Leeflang in New Events on Tuesday 27 November 2012

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.

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Down in the Valley as performed by The Congregation

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By Adam DeVarney in New Music on Wednesday 23 May 2012

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 […]

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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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Old school illustrations by Travis Lampe

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By Tuomas Ikonen in New Illustration on Thursday 15 March 2012

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.

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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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The Kickback perform Scorched Earth

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By Eamonn D in New Music on Saturday 30 July 2011

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.

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