The Chicago Reader receives dozens and dozens of pieces of mail every day. The vast majority of them are PR, with a few periodicals, letters to the editor, and notes from home (hi Mom!) sprinkled in; nothing too exciting. But yesterday an editor received a peculiar envelope with no return address that has some of us trying to wrap our heads around a bona fide mystery—a $10 art mystery, as it's been called, although it could be called the $1,000 art mystery.
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What was going on, we wondered. What project?
Who's Whose (oops!) stories? Why just give away $10? Easing past the thought that this was a trap laid by some kind of modern-day Devil in the White City, we figured we were holding a kind of puzzle or conspiracy—we didn't know which.
As about an hour on the Internet revealed, the $10 art mystery turns out to be a really sophisticated and as-yet-unfinished narrative fiction experiment that hasn't quite made it out of the underground. We'd still love to figure out the mystery, and since we're obliged not to take the $10 bills due to
our editor scolding us "ethics," we'll give you the $10 if you can figure out Chicago's part in the story.
Ten Reader street boxes have been made over by the artists whose work is on display at We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context, a design show at the MCA that opened this week. Some are curled up in blankets, others dolled up in nylon, and more. The project is sponsored by MCA Chicago, Gilt City, Blue Moon, and of course, the Reader. You can learn more about the re-visionaries who redesigned our boxes here, although we recommend that you just go see the show.
Pick up a copy from one of the boxes through the second week of August at the following locations: (1) Lake and Wabash; (2) Lake and Clark; (3) 18th and Halsted; (4) 18th and Allport; (5) 2041 W. Division; (6) 2105 W. Division; (7) 2545 N. Kedzie; (8) 2607 N. Milwaukee; (9) Webster and Sheffield; (10) Lincoln and Webster. And keep your eyes peeled for word on our redesign soiree at the MCA Warehouse.