Mariano’s pianist James Callen jazzes up the grocery shopping experience.
Angel’s Tire Shop is Pilsen’s most eye-popping attraction.
At the Artists of the Wall Festival, Rogers Park residents paint Loyola Beach’s sea bench to curb graffiti.
Jerzy Kenar’s Shit Fountain in East Village serves as a reminder for neighborhood dog owners.
A century-old Edgewater firehouse is now a media production facility.
Before Roe v. Wade, the Jane collective ran an underground abortion service out of a pair of Hyde Park apartments.
Miles from the downtown campus of International Mr. Leather, the Leather Archives & Museum is Chicago’s year-round BDSM hub.
Andersonville’s iconic water tank languishes in the Swedish American Museum parking lot.
The Independent Order of Svithiod is a century-old fraternal organization struggling to survive.
Adam Brooks’s Freedom Wall has been tattooed to the side of 325 W. Huron in River North for nearly 20 years.
Currently under construction in Lincoln Park, the Morningstar Mansion can make a case for its own zip code.
Andersonville’s iconic wooden Dala horse received a much needed face-lift and has now moved indoors.
Playing up the secret hideout angle is only one of Alleycat Comics’ many charms.
The Heart O’Chicago Motel can still easily be spotted thanks to its iconic neon sign.
The hackerspace Pumping Station: One built a replica of a TARDIS and then went ahead and hoisted it up on the roof.