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Chicago’s Design Meat Market

Peek inside the 1936 and 1940 editions of “27 Chicago Designers” booklet, used to promote Chicago’s designers and illustrators.

Flying Colors: The Best and Worst of Flag Design

Bonne Bastille! I am a laggard this year on celebrating July 14, but  a no less ardent one. I’ve always been a particular fan of this dashing-to-smashing holiday—dashing until the smashing came along, that is. It puts me in mind …

Today's Obsession: The Beehive

This is cute: did you know the beehive hairdo was created in Chicago? I didn’t. But it was! And it totally makes sense that a hard-workin’ hairstyle with industrial-strength holding agents and the ability to stay in place for a …

Today’s Obsession: Chicago by Efdemin

Released earlier in July, Efdemin’s Chicago is a dense piece of electronic dance that is an amazing work soundtrack. It’s a big, conflicted piece of composition, one referring to a vast city’s many boroughs and neighborhoods, easily reflected in Chicago’s …