Tag: Chicago

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 »

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 »

Artist feature — Cecilio Garcia

Artist feature — Cecilio Garcia
Cecilio Garcia, also known as Pitiz Art, is an artist who focuses on acrylic, watercolor, murals, and custom orders.  I discovered this talent first-hand at a live painting event in Pilsen. The two things I applaud most about Cecilio’s artistic skills are his dog portraits and his ability to paint celebrities into recognizable portraits. He... Read more »
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Don't become a victim!

Given the uptick in crime all over the city, I have introduced some routines to help keep myself safe, and I decided to share them. I don’t drive or really use a ride share service, so these tips apply to walking and public transportation. Here are my recommendations: I only carry what I need in... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »