In Japan, manga cafes are innumerous. They are places where manga or anime fans can enjoy snacks and refreshments while reading or spending time together. Somehow, despite the culture’s popularity in the United States, there are none of these types of cafes around—until now. Chicagoan Tayler Tillman wants to bring these Japanese mainstays stateside with […]
With all the snow we’ve been having, it’s hard not to look around and be inspired by beautiful shades of neutral colors. That was the case with Christian Zamarriego, 31, who was photographed at the Garfield Park Conservatory during a particularly snowy day. “I felt inspired to wear neutral colors that matched the weather. We […]
The cold outside might make you think that farmers’ market season is over, but there are plenty of ways to purchase locally grown and regionally-created food year round. Here are a few upcoming possibilities. Plant Chicago in Back of the Yards offers year-round indoor markets, usually scheduled biweekly, with a limited number of vendors inside […]
Who knew finding all the materials to make one cross-stitch pattern for a kid’s room would be so hard? Lauren Venell, 41, learned it the hard way—she almost gave up on the project given how difficult her search was. And that’s a lot to say since Venell does not seem easily intimidated by a challenge. […]
“There’s no need to be ashy.” This directive from Chicago-based Hanahana Beauty comes as a perfect reminder as colder months approach and protecting our skin from the city’s bristling wind becomes a high priority. The conscious skincare and wellness brand has come a long way since its founder Abena Boamah-Acheampong began making the brand’s signature […]
Bridgeport is finally getting a bookstore. At the moment, neighborhood residents like myself have to travel to Pilsen or Hyde Park to get our fix. But a month or two from now, we’ll be able to walk into a store on Halsted stocked with some 60,000 hardcovers and paperbacks, on every subject imaginable. I can’t […]
The vintage reseller Luvsick Plus focuses on extended sizes that can be hard to find in thrift and consignment shopping.
When trinkets and tchotchkes clutter your house, it’s the sign of a well-lived life.
An unexpected movement is taking over neglected landscapes across town.
Kelley Moseley’s daring accessories will not go unnoticed.
Two comedians want their new game to get people talking.
Two local women entrepreneurs entering the cannabis industry are bringing holistic wellness, better access, and equity to the game.
Master bespoke tailor Eric W. Stiles shares the tricks of his trade.
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