Rapper Stalley launches new clothing line in Chicago

I wanted to share info about a cool event coming up in Chicago – MMG rapper Stalley is launching a new clothing line, Blue Collar Gang. Stalley himself will be in town Nov. 15 at Sneaker Villa, where he’ll also be performing. I’ve had the opportunity to interview Stalley a couple times for my client, … Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

The other weekend, I hosted the Annual Pumpkin-Carving Party at my place. Adam actually got me in the decorating spirit with trips to Target & Party City. Of course, that ended up including a fog machine, which was surprisingly cheap. However, when Adam fired up the fog machine during the party, the entire apartment quickly … Continue reading

Graceland Cemetery: my own walking tour

graceland cemetery chicago

I’ve been wanting to check out some of Chicago’s cemeteries for a while now. Call me morbid, but I really like visiting old cemeteries – the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris is probably my favorite thanks to the atmosphere and cats, but Pere Lachaise was cool too. And I still need to post about Warsaw’s cemeteries. Anyways, … Continue reading

Albany Carroll Arts Building

As part of Chicago Artists Month, I went to check out the Albany Carroll Arts Building. It’s actually the only stop I made it to as part of Open House Chicago, too. Let’s just say it was another weekend of trying to squeeze in too much into two days. Nevertheless, I’m still determined to check … Continue reading

Melancholia

The other night I watched Melancholia, and while I don’t think I “got it,” the movie was visually stunning. Even if you just watch the first 11 minutes. Wherever it was filmed, I want to live there. Basically, it’s set at a mansion right by some body of water, surrounded by greenery and nature. In … Continue reading

Pilsen open studios celebrates 10 years

As part of Chicago Artists Month, more than 80 galleries, studios and other spaces are participating in Pilsen Open Studios. This annual art walk will take place Oct. 20 – 21, with an opening reception this Friday. I’ve been wanting to check out the galleries in Pilsen for a long time, so I’ll definitely be … Continue reading

October is Chicago Artists Month

October is Chicago Artists Month, and now is your chance to get a peek into artists’ work spaces, galleries and other non-traditional art locations. Last Friday, I checked out a couple galleries in the Bucktown/Ukranian Village area with my mom. My mom’s friend, Iwona Biedermann is a photographer and the owner of Dreambox Gallery on North … Continue reading

CIW’12: Disruptive Innovation

The second Chicago Ideas Week session I was able to catch was a Megatalk titled, Disruptive Innovation: Reinventing Our World. It featured several speakers who’ve been involved in game-changing technologies or ideas. Steve Case, who was a co-founder of AOL, mentioned that AOL’s principles were: content, conversation, community, connectivity. I found it interesting that all … Continue reading

CIW’12: Storytelling

As part of Chicago Ideas Week, I attended a talk titled, Storytellers: The Power of Perspective. It featured a political artist, an advertising agency chief creative officer, and three bestselling authors, one of which can also be called a “human guinea pig.” Although I was disappointed that the scheduled host, Jon Meacham, the EVP of … Continue reading

October is Polish Heritage Month

So October is Polish Heritage Month! At least according to a newsletter I got from Polish Social. My favorite channel, WTTW Channel 11 is celebrating with some Polish-themed programming this month. Check out some of these upcoming programs: Modjeska Woman Triumphant The life and passions of Polish actress and icon Helena Modjeska in nineteenth century … Continue reading