Modernity and tradition. Relaxation and tension. Chaos and order. Yin and yang—roughly speaking. These are complementary universal forces that can easily lose balance and therefore create trouble. But not at Hyun’s Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do School, a Bucktown martial arts storefront rooted in the same location for over 50 years; an unexpected harmony permeates […]
A eulogy for Danny’s Tavern
For decades, Danny’s nurtured a devoted and welcoming community of music lovers—but it couldn’t survive the pandemic.
Johnny Pate is one of the great unsung architects of Chicago soul
This 95-year-old living legend has played jazz, written blaxploitation soundtracks, and arranged for Stan Getz, B.B. King, and most famously Curtis Mayfield—but he’s probably most widely heard via hip-hop samples.
Photographer Jen Jansen has her Beast in control
At her Bucktown studio the restorer and tintype specialist keeps the antique process alive with a made-in-Chicago Deardorff 11×14 studio camera from the 20s.
Meg and Joe Piercy of MegMade give new life to old furniture
The husband-and-wife team have opened a new brick-and-mortal location in Bucktown.
You can (almost) buy Wesley Willis’s drawing of Quenchers
Quenchers closes in less than two weeks, but at least until then you can get a print of Wesley Willis’s 1991 drawing of the beloved bar.
Exploring the long-lost Wesley Willis collection at Quenchers Saloon
Earle Johnson isn’t just selling the bar he’s run for nearly four decades—he also wants to make something of the archive of artwork and music by Quenchers regular Wesley Willis that he accumulated over the years.
Historic film and video studio IPA gets its own app
The Polaroid Wall provides a library of pictures taken at the famous production facility.
A fashion-forward couple celebrates their ‘leather year’
A pair in matching black are spotted in Bucktown.
Dixie’s peculiar fantasy of ‘evolutionary’ southern cuisine
Lillie’s Q boss Charlie McKenna envisions the food of the antebellum south through the lens of fine dining.
Pork & Mindy’s brings the bacon to Bucktown
The first installment in a chain of sandwich shops from the Food Network’s Jeff Mauro is all surface, no substance.
Let’s keep the 606 open 24/7
The trail would be safer if more people were using it at night.
Behold the bizarre and bloody Ghanaian movie posters of Deadly Prey Gallery
Odd Obsession Movies owner Brian Chankin showcases his massive collection in West Town.
Danny’s Tavern won’t be closing after all
Beloved Danny’s Tavern in Bucktown appears to have a new lease on life.
Is the Bloomingdale Trail a path to displacement?
Longtime residents of Humboldt Park, Logan Square, and other areas around the highly anticipated 606 project are organizing to make sure they’re not priced out of their neighborhoods.