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Flesch takes a photo with a disposable camera for his supporters, Armando Orozco (right) and Mariana Castellanos (left) who were visiting Chicago.

Same store, same history, new location: Central Camera prepares to reopen

October 16, 2020

When Don Flesch reopens Central Camera in its temporary location later this month, the store’s longtime customers will not be traveling much farther than before. That is because the store will be reopeni...

Originally founded in Ohio, The Exchange expanded to carry other forms of physical media and now has over 30 locations across four different states.

The Exchange: an odyssey for hard-to-find pop culture items

January 28, 2020

Walking around Milwaukee Avenue, MacKenzie Shumsky and Nathan Kornely were looking for different places to shop in Wicker Park when they stumbled upon The Exchange. The couple found something unexpected: ...

City Grange holiday pop-up blooms in Beverly just in time for holidays

City Grange holiday pop-up blooms in Beverly just in time for holidays

December 3, 2019

Inspired by the historic Grange movement of the 1800s, City Grange aims to empower individuals to take up urban gardening and contribute to the social and economic needs of the community it is a part of....

Retail workers ring in this year's Black Friday

Retail workers ring in this year’s Black Friday

November 29, 2019

Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season, but it also marks a time of high stress for retail workers, many of whom are students. Behind the deals, discounts and crowds are the str...

Smashed Plastic brings vinyl production to Chicago after 30 years

Smashed Plastic brings vinyl production to Chicago after 30 years

September 27, 2019

At Smashed Plastic Record Pressing, on the corner of Diversey and Tripp avenues, one steamless machine is the source of all the vinyl-making magic, which runs completely on a closed hot water system, the...

Bluewater Kings Band playing at Chop Shop, 2033 W North Ave, Feb .19.

Bluewater Kings reign during Chop Shop monthly showcase

February 23, 2019

Showcasing the fun and excitement of live music for parties and events, the Bluewater Kings Band put on its free monthly show and played a wide range of music Feb. 20 at Chop Shop, 2033 W. North Ave.The fr...

The Chicago Riverwalk is home to shops, cafes, fountains, tour boats and artwork. 

Riverwalk marketplace to spotlight local businesses

October 8, 2018

Local business owners leapt at the opportunity to be highlighted by the city with the development of a Riverwalk marketplace, set to open spring 2019.Adding vendors to the Riverwalk allows Chicago busin...

The Columbia Theatre Department's run of 'Little Shop of Horrors' will have a little bit of horror in it again, according to Director David Woolley.

Columbia performs ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

March 9, 2017

The Theatre Department's rendition of horror comedy musical “Little Shop of Horrors” opened March 8 for a 10-day run. The show, based on a 1986 film musical that is in turn based on 1960 Roger Corman horror film, explores the mayhem created by Seymour, a shy florist, and his ...

The Boss Babe's popup shop 

Popup ‘babes’ extend their guest stay

January 23, 2017

Eight empowering business owners who “took over the block” have extended their popup shop’s time in the Loop until March.The Boss Babe is a collaborative shop created by eight female-run busine...

Collaboration bring new jobs and businesses to South Side

Collaboration bring new jobs and businesses to South Side

November 21, 2016

A new partnership will use multimillion-dollar donations to stimulate economic development and bring jobs and businesses to South Side neighborhoods according to a Nov. 3 city press release. The Southwes...

Fashion Focus CHICago

Fashion Focus CHICago stimulates creative sector, promotes diversity

October 5, 2015

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will join the Council of Fashion Designers of America for Fashion Focus CHICago, a nine-day series of runway shows, community shopping events and ...

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