Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Chicago is a city where almost every day of the week there is a concert happening, a new bar opening and a unique improv show premiering. It seems like there is an endless list of things to do, so why do people living in Chicago end up going to the same bars, seeing the same people and getting stuck...

Matador Sharp

Many people would not welcome a man on a bike with knife sharpening tools into their homes. Chaz Tiede is this man, and he has been welcomed, arms wide open, into many people’s homes as they prepare for an annual dinner with old college buddies or as they try to cook tonight’s dinner after Grandpa dropped the knife in...

Music Garage

Of all the cities in the world, Chicago is by far one of the richest when it comes music. This majestic town has seen the rise of timeless acts like Muddy Waters, has given birth to superstars like Kanye West and hosts a variety of concerts, musicals and music festivals all year-round. For the past ten years, Music Garage...

Liquor Lab

It’s not too often that you stumble upon an idea as original or creative as Liquor Lab. Someone is finally giving bartenders the long overdue credit they deserve when it comes to the drinks they create. As co-founder Owen Meyer points out, we can all name at least a couple celebrity chefs. But can you name a celebrity bartender?...

Flowers for Dreams

A high ceiling, large windows allowing light to shine in and hip music sparking creativity as employees create delicate bouquets of local flowers. This is not your typical work environment for a flower shop. However, Flowers for Dreams is not your typical flower shop. As you walk on W. Hubbard St. in the West Loop, you are surrounded by...

Earl’s Kitchen

 Self-described as part family business, part urban legend, Earl’s Kitchen is a standout among the many restaurants in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. And while most culinary outlets tend to brag more about their cuisine above all else, Earl’s president Mo Jessa sees the business a little differently. With an emphasis on genuineness and character building, Earl’s prides...

ALIVE Rescue

colorful signatures on a black background, in front of a window

ALIVE Rescue is an adoption and foster center on a mission to home rescue animals and to universalize cruelty-free living. The business recently opened a shelter in Roscoe Village, which the ALIVE team lovingly calls “The Little Barn.” That being said, founder Kristen Gerali has been working for years toward the well-being of animals in need of rescue....

The GodHead Publishing

Z.L Melton sitting by table, in cowboy hat, holding the book he wrote

Inspired by his own experiences trying to get work published, Kansas City native Z.L. Melton decided to take publishing into his own hands by starting The GodHead Publishing . After moving to Chicago with his wife in 2010, Melton initially started GodHead in order to circumvent the submission processes of publishers and journals. After successfully publishing his own...

Greenheart Shop

Greenheart Shop displayed in large letters on a white wall

 in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is the charming Greenheart Shop, Chicago’s premier nonprofit fair trade shop.You may be asking yourself, “What’s fair trade?” The short answer is that it’s a business model that works to benefit the producers and artisans of products by providing them with better working conditions and better pay, while also being environmentally conscious.  Greenheart...

The Silver Room

A large window in a red-brick building

The Silver Room is Chicago’s very own multi-functional jewelry store. We say multi-functional because not only is the Silver Room a jewelry store, but it’s also an art gallery, a yoga hub and a creative space for young, local artists. There is never a dull day here, which is evident by the giant chalkboard calendar that plasters part of...