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Everyone can ‘moose-y’ down Wabash Arts Corridor with new street art tours

Everyone can ‘moose-y’ down Wabash Arts Corridor with new street art tours

June 26, 2019

For the first time since the Wabash Arts Corridor's creation, Chicagoans and visitors alike will be able to take guided tours of the street art, from the bubblegum-popping moose to the pastel flowers dec...

Art exhibit promotes better self-image

Art exhibit promotes better self-image

By Miranda Manier

December 4, 2017

Patrons at Logan Square’s Galerie F will be confronted by billboards that are not peddling goods or services but rather a matter-of-fact message plastered across the gallery’s walls in 48 different ...

Chicagoan serves cannabis as conversation changer

Chicagoan serves cannabis as conversation changer

December 4, 2017

Growing up in Chicago, Manny Mendoza had two primary interests: smoking pot and cooking.After recreational marijuana became legal in California in November 2016, Mendoza moved to San Diego, combined his t...

Vandalism or Art? The city continues to accelerate its response to graffiti complaints

Vandalism or Art? The city continues to accelerate its response to graffiti complaints

September 18, 2017

A tug of war between artistic expression and vandalism still exists in Chicago’s street art community as City Hall continues to quickly act upon resident’s graffiti complaints.Chicago has seen an 18 perc...

Pilsen graffitist paints arts  education as opportunity

Pilsen graffitist paints arts education as opportunity

February 6, 2017

Twenty years ago, Miguel Aguilar took to the streets and began expressing himself through graffiti. It was a way to connect with other teenagers in the community, do something new, release tension and f...

Acro-Cats, ‘meow-sicians’ entertain with variety show

Acro-Cats, ‘meow-sicians’ entertain with variety show

October 10, 2016

Ten “purr-fect” felines stole the show Oct. 6–9 when the Amazing Acro-Cats group performed at Wicker Park’s Vittum Theatre.Appearing at 1012 N. Noble St., the Chicago-based troupe, coached by ...

‘Big Walls’ provides big opportunities

May 2, 2016

While the college is preparing to roll out its new branding initiative, Columbia students and alumni are doing branding work for the college on their own. Members of the Columbia community are working on 17 new murals that will decorate the South Loop in time for the Manifest Urban Arts Festival on May 13 as part of the Big Walls project, as reported April 25 by The Chronicle.The WAC launched in 2013 under the oversight of Mar...

Hip hop roots not forgotten at ‘Permanent Record’

Hip hop roots not forgotten at ‘Permanent Record’

By Arts & Culture Reporter

October 12, 2015

“Permanent Record: Chicago Hip Hop Kulture” is an interactive four-week festival at the Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., celebrating four decades of hip hop evolution in Chicago. In addit...

Communication is crucial between the college and its students

By Kyra Senese, Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2015

Columbia is known for welcoming students to the college in fun, eccentric and creative ways. Welcome Week, Vice President of Student Success Mark Kelly’s famed “Hell yeah!” Liturgy and Convocation encourage students to embrace their campus. Some Chronicle staff members will not recall such easy-breezy memories of their first week of the school year, however, thanks to new interview policies that have not been so welco...

Modern art deserves modern critics

By Opinions Editor

March 16, 2015

In Steppenwolf Theatre’s recent production of “This is Modern Art”—a musing on the role of graffiti and the voice it can give to the voiceless—the character Seven, a young Chicagoan graffiti artist, says of his craft: “This is a chance to show people that there are real artists in this city. Right now. Living and grinding every day to make their art. They can’t wait until we’re dead and gone to give us our...

Artichoke ciabatta

Artichoke ciabatta

March 10, 2014

Being an adult is hard for a lot of reasons, one of them being that you’re expected to bring more than cheap beer to parties. I used to be able to wander into a stranger’s house with a 24-pack of ...

Art in Public Places initiative in action

By Ahmed Hamad

September 24, 2012

One month after Alderman Danny Solis (25th Ward) announced his Art in Public Places initiative, new murals have begun to blossom across his district.The initiative, announced on Aug. 21, aims to reduce unsanctioned graffiti problems in the ward by hiring street artists from around the city and across the nation to lend their creativity to the Pilsen, old Chinatown and new Chinatown communities. Solis paid for the initiative out of...

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