It’s been seven years since my group of intrepid friends decided to explore the world of perfumes. “If you take five minutes to research them,” my friend Sam explained, “you’ll find that they’re way more interesting and complex than you ever realized.” He was right, and before long, I bought a handful of perfume samples […]
Legendary Chicago jazz guitarist George Freeman has been honing his dynamic, explosive style since the 1940s, working with dozens of the genre’s hall of famers, including Charlie Parker, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Gene Ammons, Jimmy McGriff, Buddy Rich, Shirley Scott, and his brothers Von and Bruz Freeman. On Sunday, April 10, Freeman turns 95, and to mark […]
Perfume have been at the top of the Japanese pop scene for more than a decade, so it’s easy to forget that the trio, which formed in Hiroshima in 2000, had been on the verge of quitting after a number of their mid-aughts singles didn’t perform up to the expectations of their record label. But […]
Build a terrarium! Sew a baby bib! Design your own perfume!
A list of some of the most interesting maker classes the city has to offer.
Local label Maximum Pelt throws a release party for three of its bands, London dance imprint Lobster Theremin reissues Chicago Jim, and more.
Takashi pastry chef Courtney Joseph triumphs over rose water—and grows to like it in the process.
Current musical obsessions of Notes & Bolts founder Kriss Stress, Lakshmi Ramgopal of Love and Radiation, and more
Presents people might actually want, based on what we actually want
Someone’s bottling the smell of Chicago
Scientists have isolated enzymes in balsam fir tree bark that can be used to create a synthetic compound that replaces ambergris in perfumes.
I shopped so you don’t have to.