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Food Tripping Across America: Chicago, IL

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Hold on to your hat as we take a trip through the Windy City

Cruising through the third most populous city in the United States, you’ll find yourself surrounded by good food, plenty of laughs, and picturesque shorelines. Start your day at the Chicago French Market amidst local vendors selling everything from pasta, fresh crepes, and freshly made cheeses. Step up to the coffee bar at Little Goat Bread, owned by Stephanie Izard and James Beard,......read more

Floating City

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Stunner of a video made from mirrored time-lapses of the Chicago skyline

Chicago-based photographer Craig Shimala has found a nice little artistic niche using a mirror technique he applies to time-lapse vids. It started with a Flickr video shot from inside his car, and now we have this one made from footage of the Chicago skyline shot over several years. The simple mirrored effect turns the city skyline into a gravity-defying monolith cruising through......read more

Van Gogh's The Bedroom Turned Into Airbnb

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From The Art Institute Of Chicago

At the Art Institute of Chicago, it’s now possible to stay in a bedroom that Vincent van Gogh had immortalized through his post-Impressionist work. His iconic painting titled The Bedroom was translated into a life-size replica and features all of the details from its namesake, including: thick, sculptural brush strokes; distressed green floorboards; and a haphazard arrangement of furniture......read more

The Bross Table

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From Chicago's Dock 312 $485.00

At Dock 312 they believe that there are certain key elements of object design that are of the utmost concern to the modern individual.  Namely, that a design ought to be: 1) economical, 2) eco-friendly, 3) elegant and 4) functional.  It should reflect the taste, character and immediacy of the time in which it was created yet borrow inspiration and......read more

Chicago Meatpacking Plant Transformed Into Vertical Farm

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Home to several small-scale food businesses, The Plant Chicago is a net-zero, closed-loop urban farm

In 2010, entrepreneur John Edel bought a four-story, 94,000 square foot factory in a bankruptcy sale. The sprawling red brick warehouse, built in the 1920s next to Chicago’s Union Stockyards, used to process bacon and ham. Today it is home to The Plant Chicago, a vertical farm housing 11 small-scale food businesses, from bakers and kombucha brewers to aquaponic farms growing......read more

Nick Cave's Soundsuits

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Chicago artist discusses body of work made from found, recycled, and natural materials.

For more, check out the SHFT review of Nick Cave's Fowler Museum show....read more

Paul Octavious: Lean With It

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Chicago-based photographer snaps lopsided trees and people

Photographer Paul Octavious has gotten plenty of blog love for his Book Collection series, in which he shoots books in super creative ways. His new series, Lean With It, which we spotted on The Fox Is Black, is completely different but just as wildly creative. The Connecticut-born, Chicago-based photographer located various trees growing at strange angles, then got friends to pose next to them at......read more

More Terrific Travel Photos by Randy P. Martin

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In this project for Aritzia, the Chicago-based photographer nicely captures our sense of wanderlust

In this photo project commissioned by the women's fashion mavens at Aritzia, globetrotting photographer Randy Martin continues with his gorgeous depictions of lonely figures in epic landscapes [previously]. The project took Randy and one of his best friends to far-away lands such as Kashmir, a place that Indians call "Paradise on Earth." As he explains: It's not frequented by tourists, and as......read more

O'Hare Abuzz with Bees

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Chicago's mega-airport joins the beekeeping movement

The airport beekeeping movement, pioneered a in Germany a few years back, has a new member. Last spring, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport became the first North American airport to experiment with beekeeping, installing 23 beehives on a vacant patch of land on the airport's east side. The airport bee program is now on cruise control. Unlike the projects in Germany, O'Hare's beekeeping......read more

Brad Temkin: Rooftop

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Chicago photog documents green spaces in bloom on city rooftops

Brad Temkin has been documenting human impact on the contemporary landscape for over 30 years. For Rooftop, his latest series, the Chicago-based photographer chronicles the burgeoning green roof movement taking place on top of city buildings all over the world. The beautifully-composed, large-format photos serve as exemplary records of the cultural shift towards sustainable......read more

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