Posts tagged "chicago"

Art Institute Of Chicago Becomes Whiter And More Male With New $400 Million Acquisition

The Art Institute of Chicago just got a huge gift: $400 million worth of contemporary artworks from philanthropists Stefin Edlis and Gael Neeson, including nine Warhols and works by Cy Twombly, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Richard Prince, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Lichter, and Cindy Sherman. Great, right? Eh. I really don’t think so. The problem, to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 22, 2015

Charges Dismissed Against Chicago Officer Who Shot Rekia Boyd In The Head

A judge has dismissed the manslaughter charge against the Chicago officer who killed an unarmed Black woman, saying that there is "no evidence of reckless conduct." Back in 2012, Officer Dante Servin approached 22-year-old Rekia Boyd and her friends in a park and told them to keep the noise down; when one of the me…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 20, 2015

Dog Flu Alert In Chicago

Five dogs have already died in the Chicago area and veterinarians say that up to 1,000 pups have been reported as having the deadly infectious disease or canine influenza. (Yes, that is a link to PetMD, like WebMD for your pets.) If you have a dog, please vaccinate! Vets are saying that this is a…

By: Katrin Higher / April 7, 2015

Man Flashes Switchblade On Dance Floor In Attempt To Flirt With Woman, It Goes Predictably Poorly

What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard? Does it involve a switchblade? No? Then it’s definitely not the worst pick-up line I’ve ever heard. Chicago writer Mason Johnson recounted for CBS Chicago a nightmare pick-up situation from hell that he and his girlfriend witnessed as a friend of theirs was approached by a ma…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 9, 2015

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tattooing But Were Afraid To Ask: A Q&A With Tattoo Candy’s Speck Osterhout (Part 2!)

Yesterday, we published the first part of my interview with tattoo artist Speck Osterhout at Chicago’s Tattoo Candy, a shop I cannot say too many good things about. Yesterday, Speck shared her experience getting started as a tattooer, some of the gritty details about the business, and her thoughts on why people get into tattooing.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 5, 2015

Everything You Wanted To Know About Tattooing But Were Too Afraid To Ask: A Q&A With Tattoo Candy’s Speck Osterhout (Part 1!)

I always felt like there was a veil of mystery over tattooing and the industry and the people who do tattoos, regardless of the proliferation of tattooing on reality TV. I got my first tattoo the day I turned 18, a few months before Miami Ink premiered, and had been obsessed with tattoo culture since…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 4, 2015

Watch Benny The Bull’s Perfect Reaction To A Kiss Cam Argument

Between Gaston’s push-up contest and this video, I feel like people who are paid to wear costumes are totally owning this week. At Saturday’s Bulls-Celtics game, a woman got mad at her boyfriend (husband? It’s unconfirmed) for not getting off his cellphone to kiss her for the Kiss Cam. In swoops Benny the Bull to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 5, 2015

Check Out Helen Lambin, An Inked-Up 81-Year-Old

Helen Lambin started getting tattoos when she was 75. Now she’s 81, and she’s just about covered. And I love her, and I want to be her friend - unfortunately, I’m pretty dedicated to a tattoo shop that’s two miles away from hers. She looks like she’d fit in the social scene in Logan Square,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 15, 2014

Watch Chicago Band Firago’s Touching Plea For The Bears To Get Rid Of Jay Cutler

Chicago band Firago has covered A Great Big World’s “Say Something (I’m Giving Up On You)” to express their deep, deep discontent with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Chief among their complaints is that he sucks and he’s overpaid. To give you a picture of how heartily Chicagoans and football fans everywhere agree with Firago,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 9, 2014

On Police Retaliation And Obfuscation From St. Louis To Chicago

Most people don’t protest. Hell, even a lot of the people who want to protest don’t protest, and there are a lot of valid reasons for that. But if you haven’t done it, it’s easy to look at demonstrations from the outside and see people who are rowdy, disruptive, entitled to any kind of behavior,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 8, 2014

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s First And Only Female Mayor, Has Died

Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne, has passed away. [Sun-Times] #YouKnowHerName is trending over the media gag order on saying rape and suicide victim Rehtaeh Parson’s name in Canada. [Jezebel] President Obama’s immigration plan would extend protection to 5 million unauthorized immigrants. [New York Times] The KKK is threatening lethal force on protester…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 14, 2014

The George Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art Is Reason #5,683,820 You All Should Be Living In Chicago

I keep telling people to move to Chicago, but they keep giving me excuses not to (like having “jobs” elsewhere -- whatever). Reason number 5,683,820 to move to Chicago: The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. San Francisco turned it down and now their mayor is all pouty about the fact that Lucas chose Chicago,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

16 Pieces Of Advice From The Women’s Bathroom At This Café

I don't know what inspires people to not just graffiti bathroom walls, but actually write commands. And it's ubiquitous -- at least half of what you'll read in any bathroom is a command of some sort. Bathroom graffiti-ers know that you've got nothing else to look at while you're on the john (I mean, presumably),…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

Chicago Is Officially The Best Drinking City in America

BOOM, SON! I’ve been saying this for years, but now GQ has officially validated my opinion: Chicago is the best place to drink in the United States. Even my fellow Chicagoans are like “Oh, everyone drinks everywhere.” Nuh-uh, bro. Chicago cares way more about its liquor than any other city I’ve been to in America.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 17, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Get To Know Amara Enyia, Chicago’s Iron Candidate

To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 17, 2014

High School Student With The Best Grades In His Class Forced To Fight For Valedictorian Title

Meet Ladarius Sapho. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old is graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with the best grades in his class. Having achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.135 thanks to kicking ass in his honors classes, Sapho should be a shoe-in for Valedictorian and had even prepared his speech for the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 23, 2014

Are You Living In The Funniest City In America?

The University of Colorado Boulder's Humor Research Lab (yes, that's an actual thing) has created a Humor Algorithm to determine which cities in America are most likely to leave you giggling -- and what type of humor makes residents of that city laugh the most. Every major city has a personality of its own, so it…

By: Claire Hannum / April 22, 2014

An Unexpected Spin On Teen Pregnancy

I'm having a moment with Chicago. First, the deep dish pizza, and now, an "unexpected" ad campaign to help prevent teen pregnancy. Some people are calling the ads featuring teen boys Photoshopped to look preggo "disturbing" -- but the so are the teenage pregnancy rates in the city. So, touché. I think they're genius. “We…

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 11, 2013

This High School Hot Sauce Prank Is Too Hot To Handle

It's prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three…

By: Mary Odell / June 8, 2013

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, Performed At Obama’s Inauguration And Was Killed By Gun Violence Yesterday

This is disgraceful: a 15-year-old Chicago high school sophomore named Hadiya Pendleton died yesterday in a park where she was murdered as a bystander to gang violence. Less than two weeks prior, Hadiya and her classmates performed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama's Inauguration ceremony. The Chicago Tribune reports that Hadiya and other students from…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2013
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