The Columbia Chronicle

Mel Leverich, a museum archivist, reads through a BDSM mail order catalog in the archives.

Museum works to smash stigma against BDSM, kink culture

February 13, 2020

Tucked between a gas station and an international grocery store south of Rogers Park lies a building housing whips, dildos, erotic artwork and ropes meant for bondage. The Leather Archives and Muse...

‘Lincoln’ humanizes American legend

By Trevor Ballanger

December 10, 2012

President Abraham Lincoln left behind a legacy unlike any president before him. In “Lincoln,” director Stephen Spielberg examines a pivotal period in Lincoln’s presidency and offers a human portrait of a man deeply embedded in the American consciousness.Aided by a stellar performance from perennial Oscar contender Daniel Day-Lewis, who portrays the president, “Lincoln” comments on the combative American politica...

A look inside Chicago’s leather museum and community

By Brian Dukerschein

November 7, 2011

Chicago’s many museums contain countless historic and cultural artifacts, allowing residents and visitors to view numerous works of art, a World War II submarine and—for the slightly more daring—a custom-made red spanking bench.The Leather Archives & Museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., is the only museum in the United States devoted to leather culture, sadomasochism and other alternative sexual practices. Now celebratin...

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