Since May, nearly 1,000 visitors to the Chicago Cultural Center have plunked down $5 to use a rehabbed cigarette vending machine in a corner near the gift shop. Patrons of the squat, faux-wood-paneled machine drop a brass token into the coin slot and pull one of its 22 Lucite knobs. Above each knob, where there […]
In the weeks since Sebastian Cuaya discovered the likeness of the Virgin in a West Chicago parking lot, the clearing has bloomed with ramshackle shrines and offerings–and the occasional mariachi band.
Searah Deysach loves sex toys, but she won’t sell penis-shaped birthday candles or novelty plastic breasts. “I don’t want to sound like the lesbian with no sense of humor,” she says, “but it’s this awful attitude–like, ‘Hey, boobies!’ And I love boobies, but what’s fun about creepy replicas of genitalia?” Deysach, who’s 28, opened Early […]