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Comfort Station

This March, the Post Family will leave the confines of their studio behind to call Logan Square’s Comfort Station home. Looking to the legacy of a “comfort station” as a public place of gathering—an architectural hub within a community that’s free and open to all—they believe this to be the perfect venue to bring their ideals to life.

Rather than mount a physical exhibition, the Post Family is curating a month of programming—a series of workshops, collaborations, performances, discussions and screenings designed to engage and unite the diverse Logan Square community. They will facilitate dialogue between residents old and new: families, professionals, artists, patrons, business owners and beyond. In addition to their own events, they will be partnering with a variety of “Family friends” – including Third Coast Audio Festival, Logan Square International Film Series (Comfort Films), and others – to diversify programming and enrich the level of dialogue throughout the month. Visitors will collaborate, debate, share meals, create artwork, and above all else, engage.

It's been a while, so we really look forward to this series of wonderful events with some of the most talented folks we know in Chicago. To see all of the events check out:

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Technology transforms our culture, politics and personal lives, but in a slow and subtle way. In our latest exhibition, titled Generat.ion/s, we consider how today's technology might impact tomorrow. Utilizing traditional and contemporary mediums, we trace a history of innovation and peer into its future through the eyes of today's cultural leaders.

We're excited to invite you to join us for the opening reception of our next show on October 12, 2012 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at The Family Room.

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We’re All In This Together

Come check out Matthew Hoffman’s upcoming exhibition at The Coop! “We’re All In This Together” references that (whether we like it or not) we are here in the situation at hand. Instead of disconnected individuals, we have the opportunity to work alongside one another, engage, and create the life (and the resulting community) that we want to see.

The work itself will consist of methodically hand cut wood and paper pieces with action and dialogue inducing statements. The exhibitionwill delve even deeper into interpersonal conversations, continuing the dialogue of creating an ever changing and adapting community.

Friday, October 19, 2012
6:30pm – Midnight
The Coop - 230 West Superior Street 2F

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Kick-start PLENTY

I just launched my new project on Kickstarter. If you share my feelings about developing local food systems, using crowdfunding to shape communities, or, even better, you live in West Town, Chicago and you want a grocery store at 2036 W Division St. then I hope you will back this project.

Plenty is a neighborhood tailored, locally focused grocery and deli. Catering to health conscious residents and those with underrepresented diets; and supporting regional farmers, urban food projects and small batch producers.

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In the spirit of artistic collaboration, The Coop and Gapers Block teamed up to produce 8x8, an experiment in writing and design. Eight Chicagoland designers were paired with eight local writers to create collaborative works, with text informing and influencing art and vice versa. The results of this experiment are presented in limited edition poster form, with writing and design back to back.

Writers & Artist include: Patrick Somerville, Claire Zulkey, Ramsin Canon, Kevin Guilfoile, William Shunn, Veronica Bond, Wendy McClure, Scott Smith,  Jesse Hora, Andy Luce, Chad Kouri, Ina Weise, Letterform, Ryan Sievert, Paul Octavious, Kyle Fletcher

Friday, May 18, 2012, 6-10PM
The Coop- 230 W Superior St, 2F

Proceeds benefit Open Books

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Typeforce 3

Be sure to drop by Typeforce tonight. Guaranteed radness.

At Co-Pros

3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport



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Pretty excited about my real life brother's latest and greatest Shiner. The site is an insanely easy to use service that allows you to take your Instagram photos and turn them into lovely ready-to-hang art in just a few clicks.

In a world where the amount of digital photography that's taken every day is staggering the simple act of printing, framing and turn these digital artifacts in to pieces of art that you can hold in touch is pretty wonderful. Hope you enjoy.

Check it out!

Chi Raq

The fucked up truth by Will Robson-Scott.

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Mike McQuade new digs

Mike McQuade has a new site and it's lovely. No suprises here. What a fucking talent this guy is.

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Mas Context Event at Heritage Bicycles

As part of our recent collaboration with Mas Context on their PRODUCTION issue, MAS Context and Heritage Bicycles will be having an event on Wednesday, February 20th from 7-8:30pm, to learn about the inspiration behind Heritage and their process of producing locally handcrafted bicycles in Chicago. Michael Salvatore, CEO and owner of Heritage, will talk about all the aspects of the production process, bicycle styles and how bicycles and coffee came together in this space. In case you missed the conversation with Mike included in the Production issue, check this post.

The event is free and there is no need to RSVP. You will be able to buy some of their great Stumptown coffee during the event or feel free to bring beer or wine. Hope to see you all there!


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Strand + Rebuilding Exchange

Our lovely friends Strand Design has partnered up with RX Made a program out of one of our favorite Chicago places the Rebuilding Exchange. RX Made is a job training program that reclaims building desconstruction and a vast array of materials that are just planned to be thrown and turns the salvaged materials into beautiful locally made work. Strand has designed a fantastic line of benches, clocks, shelving and more they designed just for this project.

They are kickstarting this project and need your help. So you should go on and give'm your support.

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Jordan Martins at Saki

Tomorrow (Saturday Oct 6th, 2012) swing by Saki between 6 and 9pm for Dysgraphia, a show by Jordan Martins. Dysgraphia is a project based on Martins's interest in the Chicago-specific tradition of hand-painted block-letter grocery signs which have come to be associated with Latino markets.

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Strand Design

An inspiring  video profile on some of our local heros at Strand Design by Nick Martin.

Sole Survivor

A really interesting premise for a documentary. "A first glimpse into the lives of sole survivors of commercial plane crashes as they struggle to understand their perplexing fate." They need your help kickstarting the film!