Posted inArts & Culture

Who gets to stay in Wicker Park?

Alma Wieser has long had a dream. It involves saving Heaven Gallery, the Wicker Park vintage shop and arts space founded by David Dobie in 1997. Dobie is now president of Heaven’s board of directors; Wieser has spearheaded the gallery for the past several years. When Wieser speaks of what the gallery means to her, […]

Posted inMusic

Wicker Park arts spaces TriTriangle and No Nation face the ax

On Saturday, October 22, Wicker Park experimental arts space TriTriangle hosts a tenth-anniversary show featuring Chicago electronicist Rush Falknor, local free-jazz and new-music multi-instrumentalist Kyle Gregory Price, and media and performance artist Ryan Dunn, among others. Dunn lives at TriTriangle with his family and curates its performances, but the future of the space is in […]

Posted inBook Review

Mount Chicago tries hard, but fails

A novelist, writing professor, and covert comedian named Solomon Gladman wakes up one morning in Chicago, sometime in 2022. He and his French-born wife, Daphne Bourbon (would she be named Siobhan Single-Malt were she Scots-Irish?), plan to meet Gladman’s parents and sisters downtown for brunch. But Gladman begs off because of a hemorrhoid flare-up and […]

Posted inCity Life

Seeing red

I was sitting at the window table at the Bongo Room in Wicker Park, having a lazy Valentine’s Day brunch with my husband, when I saw a pop of red walk by on the other side of the street. Even though it was a bit of a sacrifice to abandon my pear and dried cherry […]