Thursday, December 11, 2014

TOMORROW Friday 12.12.14 BACK PANELS 6-11 pm in PILSEN

Friday December 12th from 6:00 to 11:00 pm
1710 S Ashland

15 artists pay tribute to the denim jacket, including:

Lilian Martinez (BFGF)
Uriel Correa
Randi Drozd
Bel 2
Luke Pelletier
Brooks Golden
Jeremy Pettis
Steff Skills
Noel Morical

Curated by Julio Chaves (Solid State owner - Instagram: @solidstategoods) and Oscar Arriola (Local street art expert - Instagram: @oscararriola)

More info on the Solid State Vintage Facebook page.

See you there!

TONIGHT Thursday 12.11.14 AZEEZA US Holiday Party 6-10pm

"A special evening for our friends to toast the holiday and celebrate our Holiday Gift Shop launch with signature pieces under $100"

December 11th - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
900 N. Michigan Ave. - level 5

Local, luxurious and now also affordable! Love the beanies!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014


The Nailicious Nail Salon (3734 W. Division St.), is please to announce a site- specific salon inspired exhibition, #Nailbait by artist Helen Maurene Cooper. #Nailbait is an installation of new photographs and original nail -themed wallpaper designed specifically for the Nailicious salon. In this project, Cooper expands her already existing collaboration with Glynnus Alexander and Yada Fernandez Ruiz (formally of Naughty Nailz and now co-owners of Nailicious). Over the past few years, the three have worked together on fine art, commercial and preformative public projects, focusing on the specific flavor of fashion in the Chicago nail community.  

Serving as an inside joke to those in the beauty industry, this new series of photographic works are influenced by the styling of Patrick Nagel’s salon appropriated lithographs from the 1980s and 1990s, using the reference of the salon to generate new art for a salon.  The nail sets displayed in the images were designed specifically for the photographs in the exhibition, fusing freestyle brushwork, 3D acrylic sculpture and current nail shapes like stilettos and horse shoe. Cooper has also used these new nail photographs as source material that morph into decorative variations of floral and kaleidoscope wallpaper permanently installed in the salon.  

For more on the project see

Please join us on December 6th from 5-8 P.M.  for a reception
Embellished manicures $20
Nailicious nail salon  (3734 W. Division St.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


So why all of these summer pictures?? I'm delayed! I've been dedicating most of my time to the Reader and Newcity, and it's been hard to keep up with my dear blog. But I'll do it. Hang in there! In the meantime stay tuned with my my Instagram (@chicagolooks), Street View (my Reader column) and Newcity.

By the way I just put up a street exhibit in Wicker Park on Milwaukee Ave, just south of Damen in that little construction nook. You're invited! I just can't guarantee it will be there... 

Also in Logan Square along Milwaukee:

More updates soon! I'll catch up - stay tuned!


Emily was also featured in print in the Chicago Reader last summer. Read her story below:

Hot Wheels

It felt like tumbling into a bottomless, pitch-dark abyss, Emily Barker says. The multimedia artist and School of the Art Institute student was among friends at a summer-night rooftop gathering two years ago when a poorly constructed skylight she stepped onto gave way and she fell three stories. The largest vertebrae in her spine turned to powder, but the accident didn’t sever her spinal cord. Doctors gave her a 1 percent chance of walking again. The 22-year-old also suffers from neuropathy, constant, often excruciating pain caused by the severe nerve damage. But her sunny attitude doesn’t betray her discomfort. Plus, in her $8 thrifted outfit, she looks stunning, like a siren on wheels. “I don’t think being in a wheelchair should make anyone feel less beautiful,” she says. Barker is currently inspired by, a fashion and fitness website created by some of her peers. She’s also starting her own lifestyle blog,, and just started saving for a lighter wheelchair. Her insurance won’t replace the bulky 30-pounder she’s currently using, so she’s raising funds at 

—Isa Giallorenzo

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Zechariah Melton is a writer and the lead singer of the band Labors. His short novel "Vermillion" is being released by The Godhead Publishing. Read what Zech had to say about his style in my Newcity column here, and find the latest issue in select locations all over town.


Chris was also featured in my Reader column, check it out here.


Rachel was also featured in my Reader style column, check it our here. Her necklace/lighter holder is by Mary Kate Peterson.



Aimee was featured in the Chicago Looks Newcity column, read what she had to say here and get your latest issue all over town. Aimee was also in my Reader column, check it out here.


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