James Callen and other in-house piano players jazz up the grocery shopping experience.
by Kerry Cardoza on September 13, 2014
The corner of 18th and Leavitt is a vehicle for Angel Salgado's kitchen-sink approach to ornamentation.
by Lucy Wang on August 23, 2014
At the Artists of the Wall Festival, residents paint Loyola Beach's sea bench to curb graffiti and raise money for the Loyola Park Advisory Council.
by Will Greenberg on August 9, 2014
Jerzy Kenar's Shit Fountain serves as a reminder for neighborhood dog owners.
by Brianna Wellen on July 19, 2014
A century-old Edgewater firehouse is now a media production facility.
by Lucy Wang on July 8, 2014
Before Roe v. Wade, the Jane collective ran an underground abortion service out of a pair of Hyde Park apartments.
by Osita Nwanevu on May 31, 2014
Miles from the downtown campus of International Mr. Leather, the Leather Archives & Museum is Chicago's year-round BDSM hub.
by Jake Malooley on May 19, 2014
The neighborhood's iconic water tank languishes in the Swedish American Museum parking lot.
by Jake Malooley on April 26, 2014
Despite its Game of Thrones-ish name, the Independent Order of Svithiod is really a century-old fraternal organization struggling to survive.
by Aimee Levitt on April 3, 2014
Adam Brooks's Freedom Wall—which features a list of 69 seemingly random famous names—has been tattooed to the side of 325 W. Huron for nearly 20 years.
by Aimee Levitt on March 8, 2014
Currently under construction, the Morningstar Mansion can make a case for its own zip code.
by Taylor Tolbert on March 3, 2014
The neighborhood's iconic wooden Dala horse received a much needed face-lift and has now moved indoors.
by Brianna Wellen on February 22, 2014
Playing up the secret hideout angle is only one of Alleycat Comics' many charms.
by Brianna Wellen on January 25, 2014
Removed from the drag of Lincoln Avenue motels, the Heart O'Chicago can still easily be spotted thanks to its iconic neon sign.
by Aimee Levitt on January 18, 2014
The hackerspace Pumping Station: One built a replica of a TARDIS and then went ahead and hoisted it up on the roof.
by Luca Cimarusti on December 16, 2013
Cafe Chicago is a unique coffee co-op that aims to lend a hand to low-income immigrant laborers.
by Summer Concepcion on December 3, 2013
A model-railroad club uses a local community center to house its current working creation, which features nine stops and 1,500 feet of track.
by Aimee Levitt on November 25, 2013
Chicago Lights Urban Farm transitioned from being a seasonal community garden to a full-fledged, year-round farm in 2010.
by Jillian Sandler on November 2, 2013
As the near-north side blossoms with swanky hotels and tourist-focused restaurants, a few of the neighborhood's sex stores are intent on hanging around.
by Aimee Levitt on October 26, 2013
Now a nondescript purveyor of handsaws, Meyers Ace Hardware was formerly a local jazz mecca visited by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Count Basie.
by Aimee Levitt on October 22, 2013
The anechoic chamber at Northwestern might make you a little too aware of your own heartbeat.
by Jillian Sandler on October 6, 2013
The Paramount Room has a new bike repair stand for the hundreds of cyclists who ride along Milwaukee.
by Julia Thiel on October 1, 2013
Andy DeLaRosa's Gallery B1e took on a life of its own as it spilled from a modest storefront space into an outdoor lot.
by Aimee Levitt on September 7, 2013
The Maker Lab at the Harold Washington Library Center allows you the opportunity, in person, to be mystified by the process of 3-D printing.
by Jillian Sandler on August 11, 2013
The Leaning Tower of Niles was built as a grand homage to the original in Pisa—and to store water for swimming pools.
by Aimee Levitt on August 3, 2013