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Raffe’s Record Riot

Raffe’s Record Riot

On Cicero Avenue, a mannequin of Elvis Presley peers outside the window, guarding relics of a different time. That Elvis mannequin is guarding Raffe’s Record Riot. Raffe’s is a dedicated record store that has been lingering around now for 30 years and counting. Even while facing the digital future and despite business slowing down, it […]

ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

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ART WORKS brings social justice art to River North

Outside, quotes of justice from Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln line the walls. Inside, pictures of farmers, protests and poverty fill a lengthy gallery space. Local nonprofit ART WORKS Projects for Human Rights has worked to spread global awareness of human rights violations in its own unique way since 2006. Occupying […]

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

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Lincoln Square printmakers make, display, educate on art

As patrons enter the doors of Lincoln Square’s Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, they are welcomed by shelves stacked with materials used in printmaking—like brushes, inks, and different types of paper. A handmade sign reading “Keep it tidy!” guards jars of ink stacked on top of each other. Across the shelves of supplies, art created by the […]

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Is online streaming helping or hurting Chicago musicians?

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Is online streaming helping or hurting Chicago musicians?

After their midnight set at Liar’s Club located at 1665 W. Fullerton Avenue, brothers Alex and Brett Fishback set up a booth to sell merchandise for their band, Long Live the Goat. Taking a page from musicians across the country, these Chicago brothers must rely on t-shirt sales and other small items to make money […]

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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

  “C’mon Seth!” Momentum was building behind Seth Parker and his team, Deuces by Garzon, the crowd urging them on as they fought off elimination. Parker and Co. were struggling in their quarterfinal best-of-five match, down two games to none and game three didn’t look promising. “Lets go Seth, c’mon!” Cheers turned to screams as every […]

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

  Terry Evans still remembers the day when she saw a woman’s hand turning “greasy black” after wiping her car. Evans, a photographer and visual artist, reflected on that day from two years ago and how it changed her personally. She became an activist fighting pollution and petcoke, a grimy byproduct of steel-making that’s still […]

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Local artist brings ‘Paradise’ back to Chicago with latest showcase

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Local artist brings ‘Paradise’ back to Chicago with latest showcase

Chicago artist King Rello brought his “Late Nights in Paradise” art show to the city, showcasing his pop art renditions of modern nude portraiture and clothing designs filled with palm trees and hotels. A local venue called Canvas hosted the event in April. Guests were allowed to drop their coats and pick up a complimentary […]

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