Let's Paint the Schools!

Photo courtesy Paint the City – Artist Ahmad Lee I follow Paint the City because I admire their goals and what they stand for. They are a “feel good” organization doing wonderful things for the people utilizing art. Nothing makes me happier than walking the streets looking for murals. Paint the City’s objectives Paint the... Read more »

Begyle knows my style

Begyle knows my style
How is it that I have never been to “Malt Row” until a couple of months ago? I blame this utter lack of knowledge on the city’s massive number of breweries, but hey, I am not complaining. Imperial Pajamas Coffee Stout Stout releases called my name Begyle Brewing has showcased some impeccable stouts lately, which... Read more »

Artist Feature — RODNEY DURAN

Artist Feature — RODNEY DURAN
I discovered artist Rodney Duran (aka Hot Rod) at the Clifton Street Art Gallery in Uptown. I became hooked on his art because it’s eye-catching, imaginative, and colorful. I applaud Rodney for using various subjects and mediums to create his thought-provoking art. My mural findings The first mural I laid eyes on is “Bison.” Would... Read more »
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Pendry brings artists to neighborhoods

Pendry brings artists to neighborhoods
I had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by Pendry Chicago. Pendry partnered with five local artists to paint live at locations throughout the city. The goal was to allow the community to take part, and the finished pieces will be on display at Pendry in June. This is what Chicago needs more of!... Read more »

Hopleaf is back in business!

Hopleaf is back in business!
It was comforting to return to Hopleaf, a staple of mine when I lived in the neighborhood. The bar closed for about five months, and it’s such a relief to see them back in business. For those who remain skeptical about indoor dining, Hopleaf has a charming patio in the back. I chose a perfect... Read more »

Artist Feature — Ryan Tova Katz

Artist Feature — Ryan Tova Katz
I found out about the gifted Ryan Tova Katz after seeing other street art photographers post her murals. I felt instant admiration and started following her Instagram account. The first thing I noticed is that Ryan seemingly looks for the beauty in life, as her art depicts happiness. She is also a fellow traveler and... Read more »
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A day full of masterpieces

Mural by @dredske Milwaukee Avenue had not been the same since Revolution Brewing – Brewpub closed their doors for the winter. The pub reopened on April 7th and I was thirsty! I took a day off from work to celebrate, arriving the moment they opened to secure a prime window seat. I didn’t need a... Read more »

Lo Rez Brewing declares patio season

I discovered Lo Rez Brewing while scoping out the extraordinary Pilsen art scene in 2019. I wrote about them at that time because I was impressed during my visit. The brewery reopened at the end of March, and I had to stop in for a beer on a gorgeous spring day (and share the good... Read more »

Wabash Arts Corridor wants your vote!

“China Truborn” by Louise Jones I have some exciting news and I hope you will share my enthusiasm. Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) has been nominated for USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2021 Award for best arts district. I have been a fan of WAC for years and tickled pink for their well-deserved nomination. Who is... Read more »
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Immerse yourself in Chinatown and its art

I think of Chinatown as a cultural experience that temporarily takes me to another world without needing a plane. I haven’t visited in a while and was curious about some art, new and old. I made a point of exploring in light of the Lunar New Year with 2021 being the “Year of the Ox.”... Read more »