Category: art

June's art fests will get your summer rolling

June's art fests will get your summer rolling
Spring has been a display of Mother Nature toying with our emotions. Summer is around the corner (think positive), so June is a great time to welcome some excellent art festivals. Think live painting, music, vendors, food, and more. My favorite part is watching the artists in action. What do you love most? Get your... Read more »

I see the Crystal Ball in your future

I see the Crystal Ball in your future
I’m thrilled to help spread the word about the upcoming in-person Crystal Ball after a two-year hiatus. The Crystal Ball is an annual fundraising effort for the Chicago Art Department (CAD), which is a non-profit arts organization. Come one, come all to celebrate alongside CAD resident artists, partners, and sponsors. Alumni artists will be displaying... Read more »

Artist Feature ⁠— Emilia Chang

Artist Feature ⁠— Emilia Chang
I found Emilia Chang on Instagram, immediately captivated by her work. I especially like her abstract designs and color choices and couldn’t wait to see them in person. I traveled north to Bistro Campagne in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, where she was a featured artist at a Home Again Goods show last fall. It was... Read more »
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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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »