Chicago History Museum's research center


Seth Magle, director of Lincoln Park Zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute is buzzing about:

City Critters: Wildlife in the Urban Jungle I recently read an advance copy of City Critters and was very impressed with how well it balanced in-depth information about urban wildlife with a conversational tone and relevant examples from most major U.S. cities, including Chicago. The book manages to be unique without being overly sensational and is replete with factoids—I learned some new tidbits, and I have a PhD in this field! It has a little something for everyone, from younger kids newly interested in nature to teens and adults who may want to delve deeper into the causes of and solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife.

The issues surrounding urban wildlife go far beyond complaints about raccoons in the garbage or seagulls plaguing picnickers, and City Critters conveys that without getting too academic. Many animals’ survival is contingent upon their ability to thrive in proximity to people, and we need resources like this to pass that message on.

City Critters


Sloopy, editor of the blog Sloopin is rediscovering the:

Chicago History Museum Have you ever wanted in-depth information about Chicago? Yes, the Internet usually proves capable. But for one topic—Chicago’s flag—it wasn’t enough for me, so I headed to the Chicago History Museum.

First I walked through the “Chicago: Crossroads of America” exhibit, but it didn’t give me the detail I desired. Following the suggestion of museum employees, I made my way to the research center. Upon entering I felt like I was transported back to my undergrad years. The research center was a library. I went to the main desk and asked a nice lady about the flag. She quickly thought of documents that might help answer my questions. Sure enough, they did. Within minutes I was thumbing through press clippings from the early 1900s and a personal scrapbook of Wallace Rice, the designer of the flag. If you want authentic Chicago information, go to the research center at the Chicago History Museum.

Innocent Heathen by Yosiell Lorenzo from M. Collective’s exhibition, “Relentless”


Amy Le, co-owner of the food truck DucknRoll is looking forward to:

“Relentless” In 2009, artist Tyler Coey decided to band together a group of like-minded, creative individuals. This group, now know as the M. Collective, has flown under the radar—releasing a product here, unleashing some prints there, and slowly creeping through the seedy underbelly of the contemporary art world. Each member of the collective has had their own personal successes, and being a member has just fueled the creative machine as a group.

“Relentless” is the first exhibition for the M. Collective as a whole. It will consist of works in various mediums, dimensions, and substrates, and opens May 12 with artists Coey, Yosiell Lorenzo, and Matthew Ryan Sharp making an appearance. And if you’ve never checked out the OhNo!Doom gallery (1800 N. Milwaukee), this Chicago artists’ collective is made up of badass designers, illustrators, and plush artists. Much like the formation of the M. Collective, it will continue on with various creative endeavors both as a cohesive unit and as individuals long after this exhibit closes at the end of May.