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Selling art on the street

Art peddlers struggle

May 12, 2014

Perched on the corner of a bustling Chicago street on a summer day in 2013, Shellie Lewis was selling her fine art photographs and paintings out of a lonely cart with a smile. Although customers and passer...

I believe I can jam

By Managing Editor

February 24, 2014

Although it is a seminal piece of artwork produced during my childhood, I remember next to nothing from “Space Jam,” the 1996 half-animated, half-live-action masterpiece featuring Michael Jordan in his, uh, “acting” debut playing basketball with the Looney Toons crew. I faintly remember some of its cheesy special effects and that one golfing scene where Bugs Bunny and Jordan lock lips, but my memories of the plot and ...

What a candidate does on Election Day

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Today is going to be a busy day for the presidential candidates. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will be making their final push to voters, attending their campaign’s election day events and, except for Obama, voting.Obama’s stopped by the gym before his campaign event at McCormick Place to play some basketball, according to a tweet from CBS correspondent Mark Knoller. Because Obama came to town on Oct. 25 to vote ea...

Developing culture for neighborhood vitality

By Chris Loeber

March 18, 2012

While efforts to revitalize under-resourced neighborhoods can take the form of large-scale projects to stimulate the economy, some developers choose to take a more community-driven approach by encouraging cultural growth.Theaster Gates, an urban planner and noted artist, has been working since 2005 to develop the Greater Grand Crossing community on Chicago’s South Side. He works closely with residents to help them build...

Eavesdropping law unconstitutional

By Kaley Fowler

March 12, 2012

After more than two years of legal battles, Chicago street artist Chris Drew can rest easy knowing he is no longer facing felon status for audio recording his own arrest.Felony eavesdropping charges against Drew were dropped March 2 when Cook County Judge Stanley J. Sacks declared the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which prohibits citizens from recording their interactions with on-duty police officers, unconstitutional.As rep...

Ray of hope for Chicago artist

By Kaley Fowler

October 10, 2011

Chris Drew wanted to make a point about free expression. What he got was much more than he bargained for.Arrested in December 2009 for peddling his art on Chicago streets and subsequently charged with tape recording his arrest—a Class 1 felony under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act—Drew has faced trial after trial since that fateful winter day. After almost two years of uncertainty, Drew’s charges may be thrown out en...

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost meet ‘Paul’

By Drew Hunt

March 14, 2011

After the widespread acclaim of their previous films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” British actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost return to theaters with “Paul,” a sci-fi road comedy directed by Greg Mottola. The Chronicle had a chance to sit down with the long-time friends to talk about working with a CGI alien, biting Sigourney Weaver and the differences between British and American-style humor.The Chronicle: You gu...

Artist’s day in court

By Darryl Holliday

February 28, 2011

by Vanessa Morton, Contributing WriterChicago artist Chris Drew continues to fight for his rights as he prepares to go back to court on April 4. When it comes to Illinois state laws, Drew is no stranger to challenging them.It has been 14 months since he was arrested for selling his artwork without a license—a misdemeanor violation of Chicago’s peddlers license law—as previously reported in The Chronicle on Jan. 25, 201...

Legal battle begins for freedom of speech

By Patrick Smith

January 25, 2010

Last December, Chicago artist Chris Drew set on his fifth attempt to get himself arrested.He pulled a large, bright-red poncho over his jean jacket and headed toward the Loop with “Art for Sale” printed across his chest and about 20 plastic bags pinned to the poncho.  All but one of those bags were filled with patches Drew had made himself; the exception was a bag containing a small audio recorder inside.That recorder...

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