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.
In her latest series of large-scale abstract paintings, Chicago-based artist Kelsey Shultis looks to emotional and physical structures to capture ‘strength’ within physical chaos. An emphasis on texture and physicality of the medium, along with the use of industrial materials and touches of bright color, result in these fierce images that impart a feeling of strength and empowerment upon the viewer.
Second in the series of hip hop instrumentals with a different producer on each side of the LP comes Sword for Fieldwerk Recordings. Something about hypnotic rhythms paired with spacey synth samples and R&B] vocals just adds up to a cold-ass winter for me. Meaty Ogre takes side A, showing off his craft for sampling, […]
Anyone who’s had the pleasure of tucking into a sumptuous 72 percent dark French chocolate or zippy cinnamon hot cocoa at Mindy’s HotChocolate’s dark wood-paneled bar can attest to the Chicago eatery’s sensuous spin on the beverage. Now, designer Kyle Tezak’s soon-to-be-rolled-out interactive pinup gal packaging makes it easier to harness its libidinous energy in […]
After selling some 3,000 pieces out of the 4,000 or so that he has produced in the past decade, Chicago artist Derek Erdman is getting out of dodge. Moving westward has not stopped him from putting together one final show at High Concept Laboratories. Without Wax will feature over 1,000 paintings and drawings of this poignant Ohio-born, Chicago-bred genius.
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.
Here’s something you can’t get on a Kindle: handcrafted art zines. Chicago-based Parking Block Publishing specializes in small-run, inexpensive books created by local artists, photographers, and printers.
This anonymous crew from Chicago have collaborated with artists from all over the world to produce feel-good, inspiring street art. You can find their lyrical work on top of buildings, on trains, against a park fences, written in a multitude of different languages. But their message is a simple one: ‘You Are Beautiful‘.
Dark Matter is a brilliant coffee company that was born this past forth of July. It is associated with (and lives above) the amazing Star Lounge Coffee Bar in Chicago. Star Lounge has been roasting its own coffee and selling it in store for a while. And now it’s available for sale outside of their own store.
I was given my first couple Sleigh Bells tracks by a friend last Fall and haven’t they blown up since then! The duo will be playing at the upcoming Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Their debut album, Treats, has just come out with new, and old (and improved), tracks that are noisy, growly, and sexy […]
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 […]
Nice Cream is a hand-crafted ice cream company, whose flavors change with the seasons. Kris Swanberg stated making ice creams for friends and family when she received an ice cream maker as a wedding present and a year later was producing small batches of this creamy goodness for sale in pint sized servings.