Last weekend, Kim and I spent some time wandering around Andersonville. We stumbled upon Scout, one of many amazing shops along Clark. I was immediately drawn to the artwork of Michael McGuire (my new favorite Chicago artist). I particularly love his pencil and India ink drawings that combine/confuse nature and urbanism.
You can dive deep into his work, process and philosophies on Michael’s blog, but if you want to see his work in person (which I highly recommend), it can be found at Scout or Las Manos Gallery.
If you ride a bicycle in a big city, you know how annoying it can be to carry locks, chain your wheels to the frame and remove your seat so it doesn’t get stolen. Well, forget all that. Lee Sang Hwa, Kim Jin Ho and Yeo Min Gu have designed this innovative system called Saddle Lock. The seat rotates down and quickly locks to the rear wheel of a bicycle without the need for additional locking accessories.
Saddle Lock is a 2012 red dot award: design concept winner
images courtesy of Red Dot design Award
This time of year is when a few great art festivals and craft fairs open their doors to allow so many talented artists to share their handmade goods. I can’t get enough of it. The last 2 weeks have been so much fun, bouncing around to all the different booths and seeing what treasures people are making these days. Two weeks ago was Renegade, where I found a great handmade something-or-other that I can’t announce since it’s a birthday present for Kyle. This past weekend was the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart, where we found a laptop bag made from vintage leather by Poetic Earth in Syracuse, NY.
On Sunday, we finally made it over to Dose Market. I’ve been hearing about Dose for a few months now and I can see why. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an indoor market held once a month at the River East Art Center. It was started in 2010 and the focus is food and fashion, with a selective bunch of midwestern artists. It does cost $8 to get in ($10 at the door), but it is so worth it. That $8 gets you 2 drink tickets. Yes, you can drink while you shop the fair. (Bonus: We noticed that nobody seemed to care about the tickets) We decided we were getting the most out of this experience, so we went hungry. There were so many great things to choose from—hand spun cotton candy, popcorn, pickles, chocolate—but we went with a spicy bloody mary from Koval Distillery, a mixed concoction from Bittercube, a stout from Begyle Brewery (a new Chicago brewery), a donut from Do-Rite Donuts, and a couple sandwiches from the Brown Bag Lunch Truck. We are pigs, yes. And it was all too good. Aside from the food, there are seriously beautiful handmade goods for sale like jewelry, posters, knits, ties, clothing, home goods, etc. Think Renegade, but a bit higher quality and price point. All in all, we had a fantastic experience and I’m hoping to be a Doser myself at the February 10th market. I’ll keep you posted if it happens.