Chicago Joins Roses Against Violence

Photo courtesy Bradd Bambo I bet most women have experienced violence at some point in their life, verbal or physical, or at least know someone who has. I am no exception. This is why I became involved with the Roses Against Violence project. I like that it’s presented in a beautiful, artistic way using crocheted... Read more »

Buck's is a five-star in my book

Buck's is a five-star in my book
I will never forget the day I decided to look over the beer menu at Buck’s Four Star Grill. During that initial visit, I knew I would be a fan for life. I’m not one to hang out in the touristy areas of downtown; however, I will never outgrow Buckingham Fountain. Here are the reasons... Read more »

Color Carnival by Itee

Color Carnival by Itee
Let me introduce you to Itee Jindal, also known as Color Carnival by Itee. Itee hails from India but is now based in Chicago as an engineer professional. I became a fan because she paints beautiful, colorful, whimsical art that is amazingly detailed. When I see her work in my feed, it instantly makes me... Read more »
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Where Chicagoans drink beer

Where Chicagoans drink beer
I’m wildly excited that Chicago has fully opened back up (YAY!). So, I decided to get nosey and ask some local Instagrammers where they like to drink beer. First of all, I commend several of them for saying they gave up alcohol. Those who still imbibe were more than willing to share some of their... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »