The Art of Obstruction

Flying Pigs on Parade by Jeffrey Roberts.


The Freedom of Parking Lot Subcultures

A visit to Punk Rock corner in the Belmont neighborhood of Chicago circa 1991.

Someone Finally Bought It


Five years after it went on the market, the A. James Speyer-designed ‘Ferris Bueller’ House has been sold to an investment banker and a lawyer for $1.06 million. The original listing price was $2.3 million.

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Installation View: Ryan Travis Christian – Check please!

On view at Western Exhibitions in Chicago through June 6th, 2014

Artist Eats: AJ Fosik


For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked AJ Fosik to share his favorite place to eat. AJ was born and raised in Detroit, and now makes intricately designed wood animal sculptures and paintings, which intrigue and provoke.

“I like hot dogs,” AJ says. “The hot dog is egalitarian, quintessentially American and unlike it’s cousin the hamburger, it’s impossible to make a pretentious one. Here is a list of my favorite hot dog places (in no particular order) and what I order.”

Continue reading for his picks.

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The Opportunity Artist by Ben Austen

Can the social sculptor Theaster Gates turn inner-city Chicago into art?

Artist Eats: Stephen Eichhorn


For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Stephen Eichhorn to share his favorite place to eat. Stephen is a Chicago-based artist who creates delicate hand-cut paper collages from reproductions of foliage—palm fronds, grasses, leaves and flowers—and we were particularly taken by his Plants & Animals series.

Continue reading for his answer.

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Artist Eats

Ongoing global restaurant recommendations from some of our favorite artists.

David Choe in Las Vegas

DABS MYLA in Melbourne

RISK in New Orleans

HUSKMITNAVN in Copenhagen

POSE in Chicago

Suzannah Sinclair in Maine

Mel Kadel in Tulum

Caleb Neelon in Massachusetts

KC Ortiz in Bangkok


Kime Buzzelli

Natalia Fabia

Seonna Hong

Shane Jessup

Justin Krietmeyer

Bill McRight

Mark Mulroney

Saelee Oh

Estevan Oriol

Justin Van Hoy


Nina Chanel Abney

Claw Money

Mr. Kiji

Curtis Kulig

Kimou Meyer (GROTESK)

Baron Von Fancy


Chris Yormick



Richard Colman

Andrew Schoultz




Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago by Jason McGahan

Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works.

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Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago by Ben Austen

Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist


A new book by Jim Elledge about the ultimate outsider artist, Henry Darger.

“The caskets get shorter and shorter these days”

Chi Raq is a film by Will Robson-Scott documented from inside Chicago’s war zone. Watch it.