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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A bold crimson red is a pick-me-up for a dreary spring

Posted By on 05.22.18 at 01:55 PM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.
Rose Velez, 30, has been cultivating a “northern-Caribbean-meets Carmen Sandiego” look of late. - ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo
  • Rose Velez, 30, has been cultivating a “northern-Caribbean-meets Carmen Sandiego” look of late.

"For me to buy a colored piece, it has to be specific and bold," says educator and photographer Rose Velez, a New York City transplant who typically wears black. But due to her current infatuation with the Crescent City—"I'm all about New Orleans," she says—Velez has been adding more vibrant colors to her wardrobe. "Whenever I'm in a style rut, I find myself researching a place," the 30-year-old explains. "I'm inspired by historical architecture and various cultures." That includes her Caribbean roots: "I enjoy exploring how to incorporate this island flavor I have in [a place like] Chicago."

Velez says she's learned from locals how to stay stylish under harsher temps: "They are amazing at still looking good in negative-degree weather. It's inspired me to challenge the narrative of dressing out of pure survival and come up with ways to enhance my look during those dreary months—like throwing on a kelly-green coat or indigo-blue knit scarf." In this case, "I needed a pick-me-up from the extended cold weather we've been having and thought a bold crimson red would do the trick."

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

'The dog ate my homework' and other dumb excuses a Chicago tutor has heard

Posted By on 11.26.15 at 09:00 AM

"I get lied to on a daily basis," says Kristi Harreld. - ANDREA BAUER
  • Andrea Bauer
  • "I get lied to on a daily basis," says Kristi Harreld.

Chicagoans
is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Kristi Harreld, tutor.


"Sometimes people are like, 'Oh, you're a tutor, that's a cute side job.' But no, this is actually my job. This isn't my hobby. I can't quite say this enough. I have a master's degree and more than ten years of experience. One student I've worked with for eight and a half years now, all the way from his freshman year of high school to being a super senior now at DePaul.  

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Santa's helper finally gets the medical marijuana she desperately needs

Posted By on 11.12.15 at 07:00 AM

On Tuesday, Michelle DiGiacomo donned a marijuana lei as she made her first legal medical pot purchase at EarthMed in Addison, one of eight dispensaries that opened for business this week in Illinois. - COURTESY MICHELLE DIGIACOMO
  • Courtesy Michelle DiGiacomo
  • On Tuesday, Michelle DiGiacomo donned a marijuana lei as she made her first legal medical pot purchase at EarthMed in Addison, one of eight dispensaries that opened for business this week in Illinois.

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Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Michelle DiGiacomo's medical marijuana card.

As she placed the eyedropper in her mouth and administered a homemade tincture of marijuana, Michelle DiGiacomo felt a distinct pang of paranoia.      

Earlier in the day she had made her first legal pot purchase from EarthMed in suburban Addison, one of eight dispensaries that began operating this week as part of the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The 55-year-old, who runs a letters-to-Santa program serving CPS students through her Direct Effect Charities, hoped the glycerin-based solution would relieve her chronic pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and other debilitating conditions.  

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A South Loop mural wants you to stop telling women to smile

Posted By on 09.16.15 at 01:30 PM

The mural peers out over the corner of Eighth and Wabash. - TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH
  • Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
  • The mural peers out over the corner of Eighth and Wabash.

Three years ago Brooklyn-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh started a mural project to bring attention to the street harassment of women. The series, "Stop Telling Women to Smile," features the stoic faces of those who've felt uncomfortable and unsafe while walking their city's streets. The latest addition to the series, commissioned by Columbia College, includes the faces of local women peering out over the corner of Eighth and Wabash.

"It happens everywhere," Fazlalizadeh says of catcalling and other forms of verbal harassment toward women. "When I first started traveling with ["Stop Telling Women to Smile"], I thought I would find a lot of differences, but I really didn't."

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Porn stars, pimps, and Lincoln impersonators—convention photographer Yvette Marie Dostatni has shot them all

Posted By on 09.11.15 at 07:00 AM

Convention photographer Yvette Marie Dostatni - ROSARIO ZAVALA
  • Rosario Zavala
  • Convention photographer Yvette Marie Dostatni


Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Yvette Marie Dostatni, convention photographer.

"I guess I thrive on the bizarre. If it’s not there, I’ll find it, and I love looking for it. I’ve been photographing conventions since 2002. I was at McCormick Place, and I saw these nuns going downstairs with a bunch of bikers, so I took my camera and followed them. I still have no idea why the nuns were there, but I followed the bikers into a biker convention—I think they thought I was working for Harley-Davidson, because I was wearing an orange shirt and motorcycle boots—and I thought, God, it would be great, just photographing conventions. I’ve photographed over 20 of them now, and I’m working on a book.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Hanging out with clowns in a cemetery during International Clown Week wasn't as terrifying as it sounds

Posted By on 08.07.15 at 08:00 AM

CHUCK WALLA
  • Chuck Walla

Chicago summer is an ephemeral SOB. If you want to make the most of it, you've gotta set some goals. Back in May I made a 2015 summer bucket list—or as I prefer to call it, a “sand bucket list" (if only to make an already obnoxious phrase even more obnoxious). 

Before I kicked the sand bucket I hoped to . . .

-attend my first Sox game (check)

-take a tennis lesson (check)

-ride the water taxi to Chinatown for dinner (check)

-go to the weird yoga center near my house (pending)

-visit a storied section of Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park and watch clowns lay flowers on the graves of dead clowns (check)

I crossed the last item off my list last Sunday during International Clown Week, which—just in case you haven't had a chance to observe it yet—continues through today. I know, I know. Does everything under the sun have to have a dedicated day/week/month of commemoration?! Tuesday was supposedly National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and National Coast Guard Day. But at least Clown Week has some actual history behind it.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Cara Program gets Chicagoans facing extensive challenges back into the workforce

Posted By on 04.22.15 at 09:00 AM

Paige Wynne
  • Jesse Teverbaugh
  • Paige Wynne

Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Jesse Teverbaugh, director of student and alumni affairs, The Cara Program.

"I always wanted to be a father. I was careful, in my young adulthood, to not be so promiscuous that I had children all over the place, because I was not going to have any children that I was not going to raise. But I always, always wanted to be a father. I got married, and we had fertility challenges. It was just a roller-coaster ride month to month.

"We eventually divorced. I still wanted a family, and I got into another relationship. We were engaged for six years. Usually it's the woman hollering at the man, 'When we gonna get married?' Well, this time it was the man hollering, 'When we gonna get married?'

"Come to find out, she had been cheating on me the whole time. I was on workman's comp at the time, too, and I was in a fight with my company to pay for this surgery I needed. So I was being betrayed by someone I had given my all to and being betrayed by my job.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Think you want to be a travel writer? A pro describes the 'not sexy' reality of the job

Posted By on 04.12.15 at 08:00 AM

Elaine Glusac
  • Paige Wynne
  • Elaine Glusac

Chicagoans is a first-person account from off the beaten track, as told to Anne Ford. This week's Chicagoan is Elaine Glusac, freelance travel writer.

"If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you’ve probably read something by me; I write a lot for the in-flight magazines. I also write quite frequently for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, Departures, Afar. Because I’m freelance, it’s up to me to find the stories and pursue them and find someone who wants to publish them. I tend to like writing contrarian stories, like 'Take your kid to Vegas.'

"Travel writing’s really competitive. You’re not competing just with other writers, but also with everybody who goes on vacation and says, “I have a great story to tell.” You have to be pretty tenacious and very knowledgeable about the industry. People find out what I do and are immediately like, 'Can I get in your suitcase?' or 'Do you need an assistant?' And I say, 'You wouldn’t want to travel like I do.' It’s insane. What most people do in one week, I have to do in two or three days.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

New Age emporium Infiniteus Rocks and Juice is a diamond in Wicker Park's rough

Posted By on 04.11.15 at 08:00 AM

Infiniteus Rocks and Juice
  • Rebecca Frass
  • Infiniteus Rocks and Juice

Inside the unassuming storefront housing Infiniteus Rocks and Juice (1644 W. North, 773-661-1418), a five-foot-tall slab of amethyst named Helena guards the entrance. The business, which opened last summer, embraces a philosophy that views organic juicing and minerals as powerful tools in helping humans become mindful of a collective consciousness also known as “infiniteus."

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

One of the Loop's oldest, smallest buildings is now a cafe thanks to Asado Coffee

Posted By on 04.08.15 at 02:00 PM

Asado Coffee at 22 E. Jackson
  • Paige Wynne
  • Asado Coffee at 22 E. Jackson

Asado Coffee began roasting beans and serving up potent espresso last fall at its third location, 22 E. Jackson, thought to be the site of one of the Loop’s oldest and tiniest buildings. Tucked away at the end of a nine-foot-wide private alley known as Pickwick Place, the 19-by-19-foot structure was built, according to city historian Tim Samuelson, a few years after the Great Fire of 1871 destroyed a stable on the site owned by Henry Horner, the grandfather of the Illinois governor of the same name. The building was originally two floors, but a third was added in 1892 as a residence for William and Fannie Abson, who ran Abson’s Chop House at the location until 1900. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, several restaurants operated out of 22 E. Jackson, including Red Path Inn, Robinson’s, and the Pickwick. More recently, a variety of small businesses had offices in the space.

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