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Chicago Preps for Climate Change

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The Windy City readies itself for a warmer future

With conservative skeptics in Congress thwarting national action on climate change, states and cities are making moves to address the issue.  The latest government to step up is the City of Chicago, whose Climate Action Plan acknowledges the reality of rising global temperatures — and readies the city for a warmer future.  In the first of a series of NYT articles on......read more

Chicago Food Deserts Down 40 Percent

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City sees increasing access to fresh food, but lots of work still needed

With First Lady Michelle Obama in Chicago to address the city's food desert problem, a report [PDF] released this week shows that the amount of people without easy access to fresh, healthy food is down 40 percent over the last five years. Still, an estimated 384,000 Chicagoans -- mostly African-Americans, 124,000 of which are children -- live in food desert neighbourhoods. There is no......read more

Color-Blocked Street Art From Jessica Stockholder

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Artist creates walk-through canvas in downtown Chicago

For her latest work, artist Jessica Stockholder zoomed out, way out, to envision a three-dimensional painting covering an entire intersection in downtown Chicago. The installation, dubbed "Color Jam," was commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, who let the artist run loose with her idea of saturating sidewalks, crosswalks, and even building facades in bold washes of green, blue and red. From......read more

Daisy by Heritage Bicycles

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An American-made tribute to classic bike design $695.00

After a 3-year run launching Bowery Lane Bicycles in New York City, Michael Salvatore headed to Chicago to set off another bike project in his hometown. The result is Heritage Bicycles, a line of vintage-inspired  lifestyle cruisers and everyday commuter bikes, made in Chicago from American steel. The Daisy mixte, the company's flagship model, is a classic-styled daily ride that is......read more

Cityscape Chicago

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Stunning time-lapse cinematography starring the Windy City

It's been a while since we featured a time-lapse video in our Watch section, and this one is as good as they get. "Cityscape Chicago," shot by 22-year-old photographer Eric Hines, takes as its subject one of the most photogenic cities in the world. "The inspiration of this piece was my fascination with the city of Chicago, particularly at night," writes Hines. "For me, there has always been......read more

RX Made For the Kickstarter Win

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Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange set to launch collection of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

On Chicago's west side, derelict and empty buildings are a regular aspect of the landscape. And when the buildings get demolished, the building materials are largely sent to landfills. Rebuilding Exchange, a Chicago nonprofit launched three years ago, intervenes in this waste stream to keep construction and demolition materials out of the landfill. According to their website, the outfit has......read more

Freakish Photos of a Building Thawing

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Photographer Gary Jensen captures melting icescapes inside a Chicago cold storage facility

Since the 1920s, Fulton Market Cold Storage Company has operated in a ten-story refrigerated warehouse in Chicago’s meatpacking district. Last summer the company decided it was time to start anew in a state-of-the-art suburban facility, so the building was sold to developers. But before being transformed into glassy modern offices, it had to be defrosted. Famed architecture firm Perkins +......read more

Peter Hoffman: Fox River Derivatives

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Chicago photographer makes enviro statement by setting film negatives ablaze

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, Peter Hoffman started thinking about ways to incorporate oil and water in his photography practice. “These substances are symbolic,” he tells Co.Design. “Water means things like purity, healing, nourishment. Oil, to me, is reminiscent of destruction, consumption and greed.” The result is Fox River Derivatives, a series of......read more

Lights of Chicago

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Dazzling black-and-white photography by Satoki Nagata

Japanese photographer Satoki Nagata, a Chicago transplant, finds inspiration and material in the streets of his adopted hometown. In his ongoing series titled Lights in Chicago, he captures dazzling, candid portraits of strangers walking the city at night. Using a remote-controlled flash, he backlights his unsuspecting subjects to create an eerie, silhouette effect. Nagata, a Neuroscience PhD......read more

Farmer's Fridge: The Healthy, Organic Vending Machine

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Chicago vending machines hawk fresh salads instead of junk food

Joseph Erbentraut for the Huffington Post: CHICAGO -- When 27-year-old Luke Saunders told his former boss he was turning down a substantial raise and promotion to create a vending machine that would sell exclusively organic, restaurant-quality salads and snacks, he was met with looks of disbelief and confusion. "They still think I'm nuts," Saunders, the founder of Farmer's Fridge,......read more

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