The Hottest New Block On The Chicago Art Scene

The Hottest New Block On The Chicago Art Scene

Art on West Chicago Avenue is taking over.
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Chicago's West Town neighborhood has been named the most recent nexus of fine art and culture. Now you can find Chicago's best avant-garde designers, conceptual heavy weights, prominent painters, and world-class conceptual artists all down West Chicago Avenue!

Thaddeus Wolfe at Volume Gallery


The Mission

1431 West Chicago Ave

Michelle Magot Irregular Plane D, 2015 oil on paper 18 x 24 in.

The Mission represents artists from the United States and Latin America, promoting an international dialogue through a diverse program of provocative solo exhibitions and group shows. End of Daylight is a solo exhibition by Rodrigo Zamora, the Chilean sculptor, and painter, exhibiting now through August 5th. Zamora presents paintings that transform objects into amorphous anatomies, challenging memory and perception, specifically within the context of our relationship to our urban surroundings.

The Mission



Matthew Rachman Gallery

1659 West Chicago Ave

Kate McCarthy Lamb of God, 2017 thread, linen, cotton + synthetic fiber 13" x 9 ½" x 3 ⅛"

Matthew Rachman Gallery is an innovative store front gallery space that uniquely features contemporary art and 1960s modernist furniture. Kate McCarthy's multidisciplinary exhibition The Fantastic Nest is a must-see exhibition only on display now through July 23rd!

Matthew Rachman Gallery's upcoming exhibition The Chip opens Friday, July 28th, featuring paintings by Hannah Perry Saucier (on exhibit through September 17th).

Matthew Rachman Gallery



Paris London Hong Kong

1709 W Chicago Ave

Boyang Hou, Practice Makes Perfect, 2016, enamel, gesso on canvas, 19.5 x 17.5 in

Paris London Hong Kong is a private gallery located in the 1709 West Chicago building shared with Western Exhibitions, Volume Gallery and Document. PLHK features world-class contemporary and 20th century art. Be sure to check out PLHK and other West Town exhibitions this September at the start of Chicago Gallery Season.


Western Exhibitions

1709 W Chicago Ave

Richard Hull #3 2016, crayon on paper, 24 x 18 inches


Western Exhibition represents some of Chicago's most compelling contemporary artists. At present the gallery is showcasing 15 artists and one collaborative team, tackling the unique concept of fabric sagging in the middle between two upraised points, using this specific formal gesture to reach different conceptual goals. The group show titled A Sag, Harbored features many of Chicago's heavy weight artists engaging in fiber works. Don't miss A Sag, Harbored, showing now through August 19th!

Volume Gallery

1709 W Chicago Ave

Christy Matson Rays in Brown/Blue, 2013, Cotton, Linen, Tencel 5 x 12.5 inches

Volume Gallery focuses on American design, with a strong emphasis placed on emerging contemporary designers. Summer, typically being the "off-season" in gallery events, is an excellent opportunity for galleries to put on group shows. Volume Gallery offers The Midnight Special, a group exhibition that showcases Volume's various cutting-edge designers. The exhibition will be open now through September 8th.


Document

1709 W Chicago Ave


Elizabeth Atterbury, Slow Song, 2013, chromogenic print, 14 x 11 in.

Document is an innovated gallery that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The commercial gallery has an incredible group show exhibiting now titled, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Portland, Brooklyn, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, Oak Park, Berlin. This impeccably curated group show will be on display now through August 26th. (Trust me, you do not want to miss Elizabeth Atterbury's monotypes!)

Paris London Hong Kong, Western Exhibitions, Volume Gallery, Document



Regards

2216 West Chicago Ave

Kristen Van Deventer, Untitled Cabbage, 2016, Oil on linen, 22 × 26 in

Regards is largely a visual arts and performance space associated with conceptual arts. Regrettably, Regards is closed for the summer but will re-open in the fall. Rick Bastis will kick-off Gallery Season, opening Saturday, September 9th.

Regards



New Gallery (Coming Soon!)

2058 West Chicago Ave

Faith Wittrock, King, 2017, acrylic, enamel, latex paint and pencil on canvas 24⅛ x 24in

This gallery space is so fresh it doesn't even have a name yet!

Keep an eye out, this gallery is coming soon!

Founded in May of 2017 by Charlie and John Cibula, this new space will serve as a studio, gallery and residence on the near west side of Chicago. Adding to the growing art hub of West Town Chicago, the gallery will open in September of this year. The exhibition space is a commercial gallery that specializes in contemporary art; painting, photography and fiber based artworks. The new comer gallery will promote the work of emerging local and under represented artists and seeks to strengthen local and global networks, adding to a tradition of growing independent, cooperative and artist-run spaces in Chicago.

The inaugural opening will take place Saturday, September 2nd, 5-9 pm featuring the works of multidisciplinary contemporary artists Faith Wittrock and John Cibula.

Untitled New Gallery (Coming Soon!)


Cover Image Credit: Boyang Hou, Practice Makes Perfect, 2016 (PLHK)

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.

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We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint


18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings


23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop


31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me


This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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19 Struggles Every Retail Worker Faces

Because if things were easy then you wouldn't have any stories to share.

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At first, working in retail sounded so nice. Standing around folding clothes, talking to people, and getting paid. Sounds easy right...wrong. Here are just a few of the many struggles that retail workers face on the daily just to make their paycheck.

1. Screaming children

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So let me get this straight. Tommy is allowed to start screaming in the middle of the store because he wants to go home but I'm not. Unfair.

2. Shoplifters

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After working in retail for a bit, you get pretty good at reading body language. Nothing like getting to call security on a 13-year-old.

3. When the register freezes

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4. One word: Inventory

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Nothing like spending you're entire day counting out every single item in your store, right? The best is when you get distracted and loose your place.

5. When your coworker doesn't show up


Nothing like 10 people wanting your attention at once.

6. "Can I speak to your manager?"

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Yes. let me bring them over here so they can tell you the exact same thing i just told you. The best is when someone asks you this and you are the manager.

7. Using change

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Yes, please give me $20 worth of change that I can count out. Don't worry about the line, i'm sure they won't mind the wait.

8. Trying to bargain over prices

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This isn't a negotiation. Either pay the price listed, or leave.

9. People leaving a mess

Nothing is better then watching someone completely mess up an area that you just spent the last 30 minutes cleaning.

10. Customers who come in 5 minutes before close

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11. The boredom of a slow day

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12. And the rush of a sale day

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13. Overly-chatty customers

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14. Asking about rewards cards

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I get it. It's annoying and you probably don't have or want the card. We don't want to say it just as much as you don't want to hear it.

15. Checking the back

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People tend to think that the back of the store is some huge endless supply of everything we have in the store. Nope.

16. Customers who try to come inside when the store is closed

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Do you not see the sign?

17. Working long shifts with no breaks

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18. Working. Every. Single. Weekend.

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Because what's a social life anyway?

19. Waiting for someone to bring you change

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As bad as things get, though, the store discounts make it all worth it!

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Photo by Hannah Morgan on Unsplash

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