Art & Museums, Photography

Review: Through the Lens of Frank Styburski: Stunning Photos of Household Objects

Frank Styburski photo

Most of us don’t pay close attention to the visual details of everyday objects that we use in our home. Items such as scissors, spools of thread or clothes hangers […]

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Architecture, Art & Museums, Beyond, Design, Fashion, Travel feature

On the Road: A Whimsical Look Inside California’s New Modernism Museum

The release of the 2022 film Don’t Worry Darling has once again cast a spotlight on Palm Springs. A playground of the rich and famous since its inception 85 years […]

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Art & Museums, Beyond, Design, Event, Uncategorized

It’s Electric! The 2023 Chicago Auto Show Highlights Hybrids and EV options in Every Shape, Size and Color

February is for lovers, and that means car lovers, too. Every year (save the freak mid-summer COVID show) we’ve headed out to McCormick Place to get our fix on all […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Mixed media, Museum, Painting & sculpture, Sculpture

Review: The Sculptures of Dr. Charles Smith Address Racism from a Historical Perspective

Dr. Charles Smith

The current exhibition at the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) displays the artwork of Dr. Charles Smith (born 1940) who is a sculptor, a US Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam, and […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: The Photography of Monica Kass Rogers Captures Abstract Views of Chicago Alleys

Monica Kass Rogers, Duly Noted

One of the most underappreciated features in Chicago is the extensive network of alleys. According to statistics from the City of Chicago, there are approximately 1,900 miles of alleys (about […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Mixed media, Painting & sculpture, Photography

Review: Exhibits at Wrightwood 659 Portray The First Homosexuals Along with Michiko Itatani’s Celestial Stages

Two compelling exhibits are on display at Wrightwood 659, the Lincoln Park gallery dedicated to exhibiting socially engaged art and architecture. Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage celebrates the work of the […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: The Photography of Maura Z—An Ode to Gray

Maura Z, The Tree of Life

Over the past 20 years, with advances made in digital and phone cameras, many of us feel the best way to capture a scene is by taking a color photo. […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Mixed media, Painting & sculpture

Review: The Vibrant Art of Arturo Reyes at Triple R Gallery

Arturo Reyes, “I am Woman.”

It’s natural for most critics as well as the general public to categorize various forms of art. Giving labels to artistic expression can be helpful when it gives context to […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Mixed media

On the Road: Basquiat Exhibit in Chelsea Is a Family Tribute and Insight Into His Legacy

This New York exhibit of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat feels particularly at home in its current environment. The beautifully arranged display, extended through January 1, is nestled into an […]

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Art & Museums, Beyond, Event

Feature: CHF’s Pilsen Mural Tour Explores Rich Latinx Street Art 

National Hispanic American Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) started off strong with the Chicago Humanities Fest’s Pilsen Mural Tour, following last spring’s other insightful, invigorating neighborhood tours. Local muralist Sam Kirk walked a lively […]

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Art & Museums, Mixed media, Museum, Painting & sculpture

Review: Two Exhibitions at the DePaul Art Museum Explore Race, Gender and Class Issues

Joiri Minaya, “Container #7,”

A great way to spend a couple of hours this fall season is visiting the DePaul Art Museum where two new exhibitions are on display. On the main floor is […]

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Art & Museums, Gallery, Installation, Mixed media, Sculpture

Review: Six Artists Imagine All That Glows in the Dark of Democracy at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery

It’s two months until our midterm elections. And four weeks for you to find some electoral insights by checking out All That Glows in the Dark of Democracy, an interactive exhibition […]

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