I have been spending a considerable amount of time lately going to talks, events, workshops, open houses …etc in Chicago to learn about the design scene, network and get inspired by the innovative things creative folks in Chicago are doing. Last month I went to a talk at the Public Works – a gallery set up by someoddpilot. One of the talks I heard was by the guys who own and created Longman & Eagle, a great but sometimes way too busy restaurant and bar in my neighborhood of Logan Square. It was really inspiring to hear how 3 friends, with different passions and professional backgrounds can get together and create something great together. They were all very hands on in the process of designing and building out the space, the menu, the identity and the location. It was one of those talks that gets you really excited about the great sh*t going on in Chicago and makes you really jealous at the same time that you didn’t come up with it.
So in addition to the great talk series they had at Public Works, the gallery was filled with curated art, which as I discovered you can buy online. (awesome!) Unfortunately I do not currently have the funds or open wall space to make any purchases, but they are definitely worth checking out if you do.