"I Made This for You"

Lindsay Garbutt, editorial assistant for Poetry magazine, gets her fix at:

Public Works A second-floor Wicker Park gallery a few doors from Big Star, Public Works houses eye-catching exhibitions of contemporary art and design. Recent shows include “Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing” and “I Made This for You”—work by the multi-aliased Matthew Hoffman. When I stopped in for Hoffman’s talk at the gallery everyone sat rapt on the floor while Hoffman explained the evolution of his “What Wood You Say” project, outed his various pseudonyms, and showed photographs of his international “You Are Beautiful” installations. Hoffman was frank, modest, and utterly heartwarming. When the lecture/slide show was over, everyone stuck around to talk, drink, and even later (rumor has it) dance. This is what Public Works is all about—exposing the artistic process, breaking down walls between art and design, and fostering dialogue between art and its public.

The newest exhibit, Synchrodogs, featuring the surreal work of Ukrainian fashion photographers Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven, opened July 20. Don’t miss it! (To get your fix between shows visit Public Works’s beautiful blog: thispublicworks.com.)

Credit: Norman Timonera

Ayako Kato, dance series curator for Dance Union, relaxes with:

Grant Park Orchestra As a mother of a three-year-old, I found that it is superpleasant to visit Millennium Park while the Grant Park Orchestra is rehearsing. One time, I headed there to let my daughter experience the dance rehearsal. However, she slept on the way and it turned out to be just (sorry!) orchestra rehearsal. Yet, since I had a book, Does God Play Dice? by Ian Stewart, which I was dying to read, in my bag, and also I had a drink and snack, I ended up having quite a precious time, enjoying the orchestra’s live music and reading my favorite book under the shade of trees beside the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Another time, during the orchestra rehearsal, I ended up having a nice lunch and also later sat in the pavilion with my daughter. Either case, I enjoyed a very rich cultural summer afternoon in Chicago.

Heather Holbus, development associate for Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, craves:

Kurowski’s Sausage Shop My boyfriend and I recently bought a 100-year-old house in Avondale and have been exploring our new neighborhood between frequent trips to the hardware store. Our first and favorite discovery was Kurowski’s Sausage Shop (2976 N. Milwaukee). This Polish deli is a great place to stop for basic groceries with the added bonus of freezers filled with an alarming variety of pierogies, barrels of fresh sauerkraut and pickles, and the most amazing paté. The true highlight is the deli counter. Be warned that you will have to wait in line and not everyone speaks English. I enjoy the challenge of ordering something that I can barely pronounce, like kiełbaski myśliwska, but typically bring a cheat sheet to pass behind the counter when sporadic hand gestures fail. My favorite part—for well under ten bucks, you can walk out with a hearty, delicious meal for two.