The Columbia Chronicle

Barrelhouse Flat takes patrons back to the Prohibition era

By Sophia Coleman

November 7, 2011

During the Great Depression, there were thousands of speakeasies in Chicago. Though illegal, they gave the deprived public exactly what it needed: a strong cocktail and a place to escape.Now that the country has fallen into a recession, people may be searching for something similar when it comes to the drinking scene—a bar that provides a sense of adventure and excitement similar to the roaring ’20s.Granted part of the e...

Michelle Williams anything but meek

By Drew Hunt

May 9, 2011

Known for her documentary-esque tales of 20-somethings in transitory funks, Kelly Reichardt explores new ground in her period Western “Meek’s Cutoff,” a harrowing story that represents a substantial stylistic leap forward for the young filmmaker.Along for the ride is Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, who plays Emily, matriarch to a group of pioneers headed west in the year 1845.Based on a real-life incident, mem...

Krispy Fringe, Vintage Bazaar and more put their spin on vintage shopping

By Brianna Wellen

February 14, 2011

In a Lincoln Square boutique, a customer admires a vintage dress with a modern industrial zipper up the side. Holding the garment against her frame, she wants a few adjustments and an antique handbag to complete the outfit.Instead of simply wishing, she lists her specific requests on the boutique’s customer wish list, which is covered with handwritten yens for typewriters and 1960s Chanel. Kristy Kladzyk and Sara McIntosh,...

Treasures from decades past

By HermineBloom

March 8, 2010

A long line snaked around the historic Dank Haus German Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave., on Feb. 27 in great anticipation of the first market in Chicago dedicated to selling everything from a mid-century mahogany chest to an ’80s neon frock.However, those who waited in line for what’s referred to as a “pop-up modern flea market” only waited about 20 minutes before arriving at the fifth floor ballroom, which w...

National health care debate hits Chicago

By Stephanie Saviola

February 22, 2010

In response to the ongoing health care debate on Capitol Hill, people from all over the United States gathered to take action in order to prevent more people from losing their health insurance.Health Care for America Now, a national grassroots campaign that represents 46 states, held a nationwide rally that started on Feb. 16. HCAN’s goal is to ensure all Americans have affordable health care.“What we are out here asking Cong...

Finding antiques in ‘Haystack’

By Josh Sambdman

January 26, 2009

Cleverly laid out merchandise catches the eye, while the scent of old clothes intertwines itself with a soundtrack not found during the standard Salvation Army affair. The atmosphere is apparent as soon as a customer walks in the door.As a vintage shop with intricately crafted artistic displays and a healthy dose of eccentric flair, Haystack Vintage, 2934 N. Broadway, has carved a niche for itself among thrifters and bargain an...

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