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05.11.10 Marina Galperina

Of all the said Banksys popping up nationwide lately, Banksy has confirmed a few, including the Battleship Potemkin stroller in Chicago, “I remember when all this was trees” in Detroit, the sunbathing Osama in San Francisco and “You concrete me.” A few more pieces were spotted in Detroit and Toronto. See the recent confirmed and […]

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04.06.10 Bucky Turco

Last month, officials in Chicago announced a plan to upgrade surveillance operations with the installation of more covert cameras and now they’ve leaped way beyond that and are lobbying the “private sector to connect its exterior surveillance cameras to Chicago’s 911 emergency center,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times. That would effectively patchwork the already extensive network […]

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03.15.10 Bucky Turco

First an item of clarification. Blunts suck, there’s really no reason to buy a cigar (White Owl, Phillies, Dutch, or otherwise), cut it open, and then re-roll it into a toxic joint that’s not even meant to be inhaled in the first place. Blunt wraps on the other hand, are a tobacco paper specifically made […]

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03.10.10 Bucky Turco

Criminals in Chicago have easily figured out how to out maneuver the city’s surveillance cameras, but officials have crafted a new strategy to outsmart them: more surveillance cameras. Of course these new ones will be more covert and reportedly have a wider range, so now the majority of law-abiding citizens can rest easy knowing they […]

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11.05.09 Will Sherman

Armed with a powerful telephoto lens, Michael Wolf captures the unknowing inhabitants of Chicago’s skyscrapers. The voyeuristic project grew out of an ongoing series of cityscape shots, tightly cropped so as to lose all points of reference besides the building’s geometry. Recently published as “The Transparent City,” Wolf’s collection of photos, an invasion of privacy […]

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09.29.09 Will Sherman

With a skyline display, Chicago is counting the days until October 2nd, when a decision will be made on the city’s 2016 Olympic bid. |JPG| Photo by Leatheia Brady Rhodes […]

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08.06.09 Will Sherman

If you get caught doing anything 61 times, it’s time to give up and find a new hustle. Tell that to Ella Orko, an 86-year-old Chicago woman arrested on Sunday after she was caught shoplifting “five packs of salmon, 11 packs of AA batteries, two packs of L’Oreal RevitaLift anti-wrinkle cream, eight boxed jars of […]

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08.05.09 Will Sherman

Following the memorials painted high above Times Square and blasted across Deitch Projects come more graffiti tributes to the late Dash Snow. MSK graffiti writer NEKST recently painted this massive SACER piece on a downtown Chicago rooftop. |Known Gallery| […]

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05.19.09 Will Sherman

A freshly painted mural by Chicago artist Gabriel Villa was destroyed last Friday by order of a local politician who found it “distasteful.” Alderman Jim Balcer used the local “Graffiti Blasters” to wipe the legal mural off private property, falsely claiming the painting required a permit. […]

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