Walking into the Frock Shop is like walking into an urban socialite’s dream. The loft features exposed brick walls and hardwood floors, the shop displays fashion books and metallic-accented decor, and the music is an utterly perfect blend of girly, edgy and fun. And then, there’s the reason for the Frock Shop’s fabulous existence —... Read more »
The former Centro space on 6 W. Hubbard is about to undergo a major makeover. Imperial Lamian, introduced to us by the Indonesian-based Imperial Group, guarantees to bring a deluxe taste of Asian cuisine to the Chicago food scene. The stunning new space, conceived by design firm Metaphor Interior Architecture, will feature an innovative mix... Read more »
A spoonful of sugar might help the medicine go down, but a glassful of mezcal is a surefire cure-all for a case of the Mondays. Bars in Chicago are rising to the task of tempering those weekday blues by serving up some boozy new promotions on Monday nights. From mezcal pours to Manhattans, Mondays just got... Read more »
Though it is cleverly disguised as a war movie, Denmark’s nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards is actually a biting family tale followed by a courtroom drama. With the setting of the military conflict in the Middle East, director Tobias Lindholm is able to use “A War” to continue his... Read more »
For the indecisive social drinker, Chicago is a wonderland of choices. Aside from the sheer astounding mass of diverse bars that dot the city, there are quite a few that go a step further by carving out entirely different bars within existing infrastructure. Essentially, the result is a Russian nesting doll-like bar situation, where one... Read more »
The artist’s studio is a sanctuary. Maybe it’s just the voyeur in me, but there is something intriguing about exploring another artist’s workspace. It’s enlightening. It not only offers insight into the artist and their inherent character, but also their creative process. With a long history as an exhibiting artist, gallery director and exhibition curator,...
Nora Balayti may not be a household name, but many Chicagoans are unknowingly familiar with her work. The 32-year-old artist from Dixon, Illinois, has worked with some of Chicago’s most recognizable establishments to attract both the eyes and stomachs of people in the city. Whether pounding down sandwiches at Lucky’s or working in the... Read more &...
Movies that center around religion are not necessarily terrible, but they definitely have a less than favorable track record. On the spectrum of quality for the genre, “Risen” falls somewhere in the middle. Director Kevin Reynolds (“Waterworld,” “Tristan & Isolde”) returns to the big screen for the first time in a decade to bring audiences... Read more »
There’s never been a better time to be over 21 in Chicago, especially if you’ve got a predilection for craft beer. Long gone are the days when the local beer conversation started and ended with Goose Island, an institution that helped pave the way for a seemingly never-ending barrage of up-and-coming breweries, both small and... Read more »