It’s hard to picture Chicago without artists. But if affordable studio and living space continues to dwindle, we may have no trouble picturing it at all.
In September 2000, during a hearing at which the city’s Community Development Commission would approve the Medinah Temple-Tree Studios redevelopment project, James Stola, a board member with the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, took the microphone and said, “There’s a lot of artists that just feel that this is the last blow to the ability to find […]
Jimmy Fitzgerald’s New Career
Public art advocates rally to save the last remnants of the famous “Mural Revolution.”
Peace Signs let young artists live large.
“The city today is more a soldier’s than an artist’s town,” Nelson Algren wrote 50 years ago in Chicago: City on the Make. Stuart McCarrell, who died last month, was both. Few have done more to keep Algren on the literary map, at least in Wicker Park, than McCarrell. He was a pal of Algren’s […]
Michael Bonestreet has written the book on one of art’s strangest stories.
Can you find the F-word? Somebody did and took down this artwork. Now Scott Free is steaming.
Lawyer Scott Hodes succeeds in his efforts to hold the city’s public art program accountable to the public.
The city has big plans to turn 47th Street into a tourist-friendly blues district and African marketplace. But if they kick out beloved local businesses, they may destroy the last authentic remnants of the heritage they’re trying to celebrate.
Chicago is getting a sequel to “Cows on Parade,” and thanks to Edith Altman, Chicago artists are getting a piece of the action.
Jeff Zinmmerman’s faithful paintings of ice cream trucks ring the chimes of memory.
Earl Manesky’s all-natural hummus is competing with major brands, but that’s OK–he’s never let anything big and powerful stand in his way before.
Ellen Lanyon was given the commission for Riverwalk Gateway. Now Mark McMahon has sued the city, saying the public art project was his–until he was dumped.
A tower of sod rises on Sheridan Road