As much as we all claim to know the power of music and its ability to bring people together—31-year-old Chicago based rapper Show You Suck has actually seen it. “In the past year, maybe the year before, my mom and dad started coming to my shows. This is the first time in my life I’ve…Read More
A brick building – offset by a scramble of trees and vines – rests along the side of Kedzie Avenue. Inside the building, a man dressed in a white vintage t-shirt and black basketball shorts sits on a rolling office chair, the fingers of his right hand casually clicking between different computer screens and websites.…Read More
The Colored Hospital is a visual tone poem that takes a hard unflinching look at the ways black bodies may be wounded and how they come to suture those wounds.Read More
Muslims of America is a series curated and created by Carlos Khalil Guzman. Israa Ismaeil is an Egyptian American writer/poet based in New York City. Her poetry tells stories often untold by many, soft, heart-wrenching verses capable of piercing even the hard rock solid hearts. Her poems range from talking about love to Black Lives…Read More
A beautiful 11 bedroom urban loft in Chicago’s West Loop. The Publishing House Bed and Breakfast will change your perception of how good a B&B can be. The former Free Methodist Publishing House was built in 1909 and has been completely renovated in 2017 into 11 beautifully appointed en suite rooms, expansive living areas, and seriously awesome breakfast. 108…Read More
To celebrate our 2 year anniversary of being in print we decided to introduce, Please Meet. Please Meet is a series of casual conversations with creatives. Conversations over dinner, on the metro, at coffee shops and sometimes on the steps at The Met-wherever creatives are, we are! Episode One: Please Meet,Chufue Yang. We at down…Read More
SO DEAD was founded in Chicago in 2016. Their second collection was released on July, 23rd. These new pieces present our first venture into cut and sew. This collection was made to stand out from any predecessor. I feel like what sets us apart from other brands, particularly in Chicago, is that we ourselves aren’t…Read More
To celebrate our 2 year anniversary of being in print we decided to introduce, Please Meet. Please Meet is a series of casual conversations with creatives. Conversations over dinner, on the metro, at coffee shops and sometimes on the steps at The Met-wherever creatives are, we are. Episode One: Please Meet Abena Boamah-Acheampong, teacher, grad…Read More
The St.Louis based jewelry designer and metal smith is qualifying herself for the positions ahead. Sculpting minimal, but classic timeless pieces of metal, Shayba is in full work work mode. Read what Muhammad is up to. What do you do and why? I’m a jewelry designer and metalsmith. I actually went to school for fashion…Read More
[Friday, June 23, 2017 to Thursday, July 13, 2017Opening Reception: Friday, June 23, 6-9pm] New show from the brilliant people at The Chicago Artists Coalition: Of Memories and Forgetfulness, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring artists Caroline Liu, Pooja Pittie, and Brittney Leeanne Williams. Curated by Sheridan Tucker. You can find more information about the show and…Read More
From our friends over at People Who Care, The Chicago PrEP Working Group and PrEP4Love, we partnered with them to help produce a magical event:Black Tea. We gathered to celebrate and uplift one another; events like Black Tea are much needed for the soul and simply connecting on an intimate level. We loved being…Read More
The room was filled with laughter and casual conversation. Hosted at Yo:U in Chicago’s Wicker Park area, shop owner Yolanda, invites a different artist into the salon every month to transform it. June’s invite has been extended to a florist. Dirty Blossom will be in the shop until the end of the month. For shop…Read More
If there is anything city of angels native Olive detests more than being called a fashion photographer, I don’t know what it is.Read More
For the past three (approximately 4 years) collections she has named pieces after people. This collection is no different, Alex chose to name each piece after members of the childhood favorite, Rugrats.Read More
Chicago hip-hop artist Jorge Mikell links with westside Pivot Gang’s MFn Melo over smooth Thelonious martin production. Hailing from chicago’s southside, Jorge has reminisces of common & Lupe Fiasco, but with a new age feeling & style. Featuring MFn Melo Produced by Thelonious Martin Off the upcoming album, souliloquy dropping June 2nd.Read More
Fauna Pop Up is a dinner series created by chefs Alison Cates and Dan Cha.Read More
A few weeks ago we sat down with Wil Akogu and Colin Mcginn for an acoustic session of his unreleased song “Star”. The 20 y/o Nigerian musician tells a story of self love and beauty from the perspective of a bystander. ‘A Beautiful Disaster’ seems to be the theme of the track. ‘Star’ is…Read More
Most of Mac Miller’s professional career has been a 50/50 split of self-improvement and self-destruction. His 2015 album GO:OD AM marked a monumental shift towards self-improvement. The release of The Divine Feminine is a direct result of his new found love for the world and himself. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miller has been one…Read More
Fatimah Asghar tells stories. But she’s also a nationally touring poet, with her works featured in PBS, POETRY Magazine, and The Paris-American. But more generally, she considers herself an artist. She’s never entered film before, but she wrote a script based on herself and her friendships last winter. “Nothing in media reflects our relationships or…Read More
The ‘ok cool’ capsule collection is the first drop available following VGBS’s brand makeover. With digital paintings inspired by photographers Julia Noni and Kasia Bielska, the three shirts focus on the under-celebrated darker hues of beauty. The collections design and concept is the brain child of Troi Warren, the founder of the brand. The lookbook…Read More
by Cody Schlabaugh Lifeless stills and lively color paradoxically combine to emanate an eerily immersed envelope of quietude. This body of work examines the formal qualities of color and its transformation of familiar objects by stripping them of their recognizable characteristics with the purpose of creating scenes that display a fleeting presence of human existence.…Read More
2015 marked the beginning of a global conscious revolution. People have become more aware of what they are putting in their body and on it. Real Soaps is a brand made from consciousness, love, and most important- nature. Off-Kilter: What were some of your interests growing up? Real Soaps: Growing up I was very involved…Read More
Off-Kilter: Who are you and what do you do? Fariha Abdul Wajid: Ok, so I’m Fariha Abdul Wajid and I graduated from IIT College of Architecture in Fall 2015. I studied Architecture and I took a product design class when I was at IIT and I ended up creating a wood block in that class to…Read More
William H.Holla presents his second capsule collection, “Careless for Fame.” Conceptualized from the perception of great artists who do not relish in the limelight, Holla’s collection combines a bold yellow palette with printed images. Featuring Givinni and FourHashtags wandering around the ethereal Museum of Contemporary Art, the lookbooks visuals are gripping. The meticulously bright shade…Read More
Independence Chicago is the combination of both vintage American and Japanese workwear. Founded back in 2012, Independence has provided consumers with more than just garments but with articles of clothing that have a story to tell. Independence houses an array of brands from Levi all the way to Norse Projects. One of their popular brands…Read More
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Paige Mariah is a fashion and lifestyle blogger based out of Chicago. Though her channel was originally created to display her eclectic style, Paige found a new passion to share with her thousands of followers. The Windy City Blogger pursued a plant based diet and rigorous cardio to achieve her weight loss goal of 40…Read More
In May 1991, the MCA selected Josef Paul Kleihues to design our new home. It was Kleihues’s first commission in the United States, and a fitting one for someone who admired the architectural traditions of Chicago, especially architects William Le Baron Jenney, David Adler, Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, John Root, and the firm of Holabird…Read More