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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

Spring brought the return of Kasey's Tavern

Kasey’s Tavern is a popular sports bar in the Printer’s Row neighborhood. I, along with many other customers, have been anxiously awaiting those boarded windows to open. The exciting announcement came through social media with the bar’s reopening on March 22, 2021. Kasey’s captured my heart the first time I stepped through those vintage doors... Read more »
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Artist Feature — Poetry by Boots

I’m smitten with poetry, which is why I get enthusiastic to read Instagram posts from Poetry by Boots. She has a way with words and her poems are relatable in everyday life. I occasionally come up with a witty haiku; however, I have decided to leave poetry to the professionals.  Did Boots move to Chicago?... Read more »

Artist Feature - Czr Prz

Whale mural at Pilot Project Brewing I’m excited for a new series that will feature some of my favorite local artists. Let’s begin with Czr Prz, whom I have followed on Instagram for years. I’m attracted to his artwork for many reasons including his use of bold colors and interesting subjects. I admire the way... Read more »

First Draft will leave you coming back for more

The pandemic has been brutal on everyone, including businesses trying to survive with closures and reduced capacity. I’m still not game for sitting indoors at a bar or restaurant; therefore, I have become a winter badass looking for accessible patios. First Draft is a winner! A recent experience was delightful at a favorite venue in... Read more »
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Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery is pure bliss

Once you step foot inside Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery, you will immediately unwind. The space is casual and engaging with friendly staff ready to offer their knowledge. You might even run into an adorable dog while you are browsing. I’m not exaggerating when I say this place is pure bliss. What’s it like inside? Currently, there are... Read more »