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Three New Japanese Noodle Offerings in Chicago
Once thought of as the meal for college kids on a budget, ramen has grown into a formidable culinary dish appreciated by all—as there's something for everyone. From the newest faces in the Chicago restaurant scene come dishes that highlight both the...
TRAVEL
A New Kind of Hybrid Hotel and Hostel: Freehand Chicago
The Freehand Miami made waves when it first opened in 2012. The laid-back boutique hostel stuck out in the South Beach hotel scene, saturated with extravagant but oftentimes uniform options. This is the sort of thing we've come to expect from the developer...
CULTURE
Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly at White Cube
As we learned from his talks at last year's Culture Lab Detroit, Chicago-born artist Theaster Gates is probably best known for creating art that also has a social agenda, using his skills and influence to help the regeneration of the Grand Crossing...
TRAVEL
Experiencing Virgin's First-Ever Hotel in Chicago
Lifelong philanthropist and billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has shaken up traditional industries with his adventurous spirit and design sensibility. His companies encompass everything from banking stem cells and future space travel to...
CULTURE
Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity
by Chérmelle D. Edwards For the past five years, Shantrelle P. Lewis has curated images created by contemporary photographers and filmmakers to document the articulation of the sartorial identity of the black male. This month—as a guest curator...
DESIGN
550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs
To demonstrate the sheer creativity and vision of over 150 designers across the globe, Kristi O'Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer—founders of Chicago's The Patternbase design studio and online archive—have partnered with publisher Thames and Hudson...
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Kelela: A Message Rising singer/songwriter Kelela released a slow-burning but spectacular track from her upcoming EP Hallucinogen, called "A Message," which was co-written with Venezuelan producer Arca (who also co-produced Björk's Vulnicura). The...
FOOD-DRINK
Cocktail Courier Hits Chicago
When you're looking to order beer, wine and spirits directly to your home, both Drizly and Minibar Delivery App can get alcohol to you rather quickly. But if you're planning on making a mixed drink, Cocktail Courier comes complete with a recipe and...
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Custom-Engraved Laser-Cut Comb
Chicago Comb has built an American business based on the concept of elevating an everyday staple to the highest level of quality. Model No. 3 features a matte black hand finish on laser-cut steel. The beautiful tool measures 5.5" with just enough weight...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video: Fferrone Design
Recently, we asked Felicia Ferrone of Fferrone Design for a hand in a project designing custom glassware for The Macallan Rare Cask whisky. In collaboration with Gentner Design, the duo created stunning custom glassware—as well as a special carrying...
STYLE
House of Colunga Jewelry
Somewhere between mysticism and extraterrestrial fashion, Stephany Colunga built the eponymous House of Colunga, from which she produces her bewitching and surprisingly earthly jewelry line. Founded in Chicago in the spring of 2014, Colunga specializes...
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Rare Presenter Set and Four Rare Glasses
The Rare Presenter, by gentner design, elevates the whisky experience through the art of presentation. The handle allows the intricate tray to be carried with only one hand and prevents spillage from the Fferrone glasses. Each Presenter is handcrafted...
STYLE
Chicago's Glass House Shirtmakers
As recently discussed, the role of the collared shirt within a wardrobe changes considerably with each generation. While they still carry a dressier cache and remain an essential component for most suits, collared shirts are also everyday wear for...
CULTURE
John Knuth's Fly Paintings
To create the paintings for his "Master Plan" series (on show now at Chicago's Andrew Rafacz Gallery), LA-based artist John Knuth feeds a mixture of sugar and watercolor paint to hundreds of thousands of common houseflies. As the flies eat, they...
DESIGN
Felicia Ferrone Furniture
Born and based in Chicago, furniture designer Felicia Ferrone is set to launch a brand new collection that pushes her in a different direction, with a mix of organic shapes constrained (or accentuated) by angular elements—or, as Ferrone herself...
STYLE
Indochino Traveling Tailor
The confidence a well-fitted suit can provide in any business or social setting is arguably worth every penny invested in this wardrobe staple. Indochino's modestly priced custom suits have been a terrific option for men over the years, and recently...
TRAVEL
City Guides Spotlight: Chicago
Sponsored content: It's time to dismiss the "Second City" nomenclature, as Chicago takes the backseat to nobody. As a haven of early modern architecture in the US, with towering historic structures lining the Loop over looking the Chicago River...
CULTURE
Grind Chicago
"This is the culmination of everything we have learned in the last two years," explains Grind co-founder Benjamin Dyett. During that two years, Grind—the members-only workspace and creative community—has provided a New York City location at 419 Park...
TRAVEL
Announcing Lexus Stand Out City Guides
Sponsored content: It's no secret that the staff at Cool Hunting are fans of seeking out new experiences. From our own backyards to cities across the globe, we're always on the lookout for the best food, shops, museums, culture and outdoor activities...
FOOD
Glazed & Infused
Following the trend started by the Doughnut Vault—where owners were opening tiny, walk-up classic doughnut shops in a small corner of their venues—restaurant mogul Scott Harris made it his own and has launched a sweet cake empire. Glazed & Infused...
HOTELS
Public Hotel
The interior of the Public—the first of Ian Schrager's more approachable and "downscale" new hotels—may be incredibly chic and stylish and attract an uber-hip crowd, but the bones of the building date back decades and once housed one of Chicago's most...
CULTURE
Architectural Artifacts
With a renovated 80,000 square feet of space, the Architectural Artifacts collection of treasures holds what seems to be an infinite amount of global finds. The assortment of goods includes everything from French Deco etched glass panels to glass candy...
FOOD
Fat Rice
If getting into Fat Rice—the intimate buzzed-about Logan Square Macanese restaurant—was hard before, it's now nearly impossible since being named the No. 4 best new restaurant of 2013 by Bon Appétit. But it's worth waiting for. Opened by former underground...
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Lee Allison Bow Ties
Nearly 20 years ago, after leaving a job as an advertising copywriter, Lee Allison, with no experience designing ties, embarked on an adventure and has never looked back. Now, the Lee Allison Company occupies 4,500 square feet of open loft space in...
HOTELS
Hotel Lincoln
It may not be right down on Michigan Avenue or in the heart of the Loop, but take one step outside or gaze from the rooftop deck and you'll understand why you're here in the heart of Lincoln Park. Hotel Lincoln opened in 2012 and sits across from Green...
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