Archive for January, 2012

Chicago Street Style: Sarah, Furry in Wicker Park

Chicago Street Style: Sarah, Furry in Wicker Park

January 30, 2012

Chicago Street Style: Francisco, Vintage Leather Backpack

Chicago Street Style: Francisco, Vintage Leather Backpack

January 30, 2012

Personally, I think a vintage leather backpack like Francisco’s can’t be beat. I’m sure there are plenty of contemporary leathersmiths who are crafting high-quality leather backpacks, but it might be worthwhile to visit your local thrift store to see if you can’t spot one with a great patina from years of use.

VIDEO: Sh*t Chicagoans Say

January 29, 2012

 

My mom called me tonight to ask if I’d seen this video. I hadn’t. She told me she laughed her ass off because I’ve sounded like this at various points over the past four years. I thought I’d repost it for everyone else who hasn’t seen the “Sh*t Chicagoans Say” video. Yes, it should be named “Sh*t White Northsider Transplants┬áSay in Lakeview” but you’re never going to please everyone or capture the enormous diversity of Chicago in a two-minute video.

In fact, my first reaction was that this video was making fun of the stereotypical white Lakeview transplant from Michigan. I never saw this video as trying to speak for the whole city. I honestly just saw a fun spoof of the sheltered Lakeview transplants (like me when I first moved to Chicago from Michigan).

I would like to see someone make a “Sh*t Southside Chicagoans Say” or a “Sh*t Westside Chicagoans Say.” Someone could even do videos specific to each neighborhood. Chicago is so vast, it’s like a world unto itself, with each neighborhood like its own city. All of us know that the diversity of perspectives is what makes Chicago a great city.