You are beautiful (yes, you!)

You are beautiful (yes, you!)
Would you like to start each day on a positive note? If so, I recommend You Are Beautiful (YAB) products to help you feel good and ooze more confidence. The YAB project started making stickers in 2002 and opened its Chicago headquarters in 2018. Inside their headquarters, you will find a studio and retail storefront.... Read more »

Free art exchange boxes

Free art exchange boxes
Did you know a newspaper box isn’t just for dispensing newspapers? This is especially true in today’s world with the decline of print journalism. I’m here to tell you that Chicagoans have become creative with repurposing newspaper boxes to share art. I visited two locations I heard about the Logan Square and Wabash Art Drop... Read more »

Artist feature - Jamiah Calvin

Artist feature - Jamiah Calvin
Jamiah Calvin focuses on figurative drawing and painting. He also dabbles with oil on copper. I discovered his gift last year during the unrest over the shocking murder of George Floyd. The aspect of Jamiah’s art that fascinates me the most is the detailed facial expressions of his subjects. I believe all of his portraits... Read more »
Advertisement:

A memorable night in West Town

A memorable night in West Town
The rain was relentless, but that didn’t discourage me from the marvelous plans I had. The evening would begin at Split-Rail, followed by an opening reception for Overbite Studio at the Martin. It’s so convenient that both venues are in the same building. I was immediately attracted to the structure, and it photographs nicely even... Read more »

Vending machine art is a thing!

Vending machine art is a thing!
I typically stay clear of vending machines, given that I am overly health-conscious. Pre-pandemic, when I was traveling (remember that?), I would buy an occasional snack. Aside from the food items not being attractive to me, what about those serving sizes. Five chips in a bag aren’t going to do much for a craving anyway.... Read more »

A howling good time!

A  howling good time!
I don’t recall ever spending Halloween in the Loop, as I have always celebrated in Boystown. I wanted to do something different after seeing ads about Arts in the Dark. I ended up being downtown most of the weekend and experienced a fang-tastic time. I had three goals — eat, drink, and be scared. Parade... Read more »
Advertisement:

An Albany Park Experience

An Albany Park Experience
I discovered this community from attending the Albany Park World Fest when it was being held many years ago (can someone bring it back?). What a great cultural experience this was, thanks to the outstanding music lineup, ethnic food stands, and people. The festival made me fall in love with this eclectic neighborhood, so it’s a... Read more »

Sip while browsing the art

Sip while browsing the art
I can’t help but smile when I enter Your Happy Place Liquors. I feel instant joy seeing works of art by local artists throughout, along with a splash of yellow walls. There are other goods from artists for sale, like sticker packs. The owners have an appreciation for the arts, and it shows. And, who... Read more »

Rockford gets CRE8IV

Rockford gets CRE8IV
I was thrilled when I heard about an annual mural festival that Go Rockford puts on. After seeing photos on Instagram, I booked a day trip to the “City of Gardens.” Bonus points for most of the murals being within walking distance of one another. Three Chicago-based artists have contributed including Stuk One, Sam Kirk,... Read more »
Advertisement:

A Blue Moon Samhain Bash

A Blue Moon Samhain Bash
The wow factor was high upon catching sight of the Blue Moon Art Gallery and Healing Spa in person. I invited myself over for a tour after seeing many artists post their work from here. The gallery and healing spa are within a private residence in the Albany Park neighborhood. Owners Seven and Ella created... Read more »