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05.22.15 Bucky Turco

After this year’s brutal, road-cracking winter, New York could use someone like Jim Bachor. The 51-year-old Chicago man has made a name for himself by filling potholes in the Windy City and capping them off with custom mosaic tiles. He started performing this public service in 2014 and is still at it. Like certain veteran […]

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08.01.14 Sophie Weiner

Today, glitChicago opens at Chicago’s Ukrainian Institute of Art (UIA), featuring 22 glitch artists from around the country. There has been a renaissance of new media art in the Windy City over the last few years, which hosted the GLI.TC/H in 2010 through 2012. Tonight will include live performances from many of the show’s participants, including A. Bill Miller and Nick Kegeyan, […]

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06.09.14 Sophie Weiner

A Chicago man who was arrested using facial recognition software has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for armed robbery. Pierre Martin had strikes on his record before he was caught on camera holding up a man on public transportation. His photo was already in the Chicago police department’s database of 4.5 million mugshots. […]

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06.06.14 Sophie Weiner

The city of Chicago is suing five of the biggest pharmaceutical companies for “ten counts of fraud, conspiracy, unjust enrichment, insurance fraud, misrepresentation in advertising, and other violations of Chicago municipal code,” Vice reports. The case against Big Pharma is pretty damning. The lawsuit alleges that these massive corporations have been in conspiracy to sway the public towards […]

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02.26.13 Samer Kalaf

Have you ever been out clubbing with your bros/ladies/bros and ladies, having some drinks, when you think, “Jeez, this drink would be so much better if I didn’t have to drink it. I wish I could just smoke it instead”? Lucky you, Vaportini will solve your oddly-specific problem. The above diagram shows the components of the […]

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03.05.12 Bucky Turco

The White House suddenly announced the relocation of the G-8 Summit from Chicago to the more secure confines of Camp David: “In May, the United States looks forward to hosting the G-8 and NATO Summits. To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the president is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp […]

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07.15.11 Marina Galperina

A 26-foot tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe frozen in the iconic leg-flashing pose from The Seven Year Itch was finished in Chicago today and already it’s been called “risque,” “controversial” and “a monument to sexism.” Welcome back to 1955, you hysterical whiners. […]

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03.22.11 Bucky Turco

For the past 20 years or so, the city of Chicago has been battling graffiti without any kind of great success and some would argue that its efforts have backfired altogether. Instead of mitigating vandalism, their polices are conditioning a more committed type of writer. It’s basically become a training ground where toys drops off […]

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12.16.10 Bucky Turco

A Chicago sheriff’s department announced the arrest of a suburban family caught growing “designer” chronic in their fancy home. In a press release, authorities fawned over the operation calling it “meticulous” and said the “primo” pot sold for $4,409 a pound, which is just a wonderfully random number. […]

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06.09.10 Marina Galperina

So, what are analog photographers’ contact sheets actually ‘Proof’ for, aside from the fact that shot wasn’t fished out of three thousand accidental digital snaps? A Chicago gallery is assembling great photography alongside the original contact sheets. Go and see the frames of intent, acrobatics and voyeuristic prodding from the contact sheet diaries of 26 […]

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