Dec. 3, 2013
Nov. 26, 2013
With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, many Chicagoans are already preparing to travel home and spend time with their respective families, whether they be tucked away in the suburbs or scattered across the United States.
But for the significant number of college students and transplants who may not be able to afford a plane ticket home this year, or for those who have no family to go to, the holiday most commonly associated with food, football, and family can certainly extend to friends as well.
As a Texas transplant who has spent many holidays away from home while pursuing a film degree at Columbia College Chicago, I have had the pleasure of attending and hosting many "Friendsgivings" with similarily displaced twenty-somethings.
Some of my fondest memories have taken place around those makeshift holiday tables, as we laughed over the smorgasbord of dishes we had miraculously cooked without the use of a microwave and realized, perhaps for the first time, that adulthood wouldn't be so scary after all.
Nov. 26, 2013
Nov. 26, 2013
The former Talman Federal Savings building, a Southwest Side midcentury modernist structure designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, has been demolished.
Its expected replacement? An LA Fitness health club.
It's a sad end to a neighborhood building that not only stood on the corner of 55th and Kedzie, but also occupied the intersection of Chicago architecture and history.
Talman Federal began in 1922 at the kitchen table of 29-year-old Ben Bohac, living at 51st and Talman. By 1955, Bohac's enterprise was one of the state's most successful savings and loan associations, with enough money and clout to hire a blue-chip architecture firm like Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design the new building. The design won a certificate of merit award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1957.
The building is gone now, along with an addition and parking and banking annex across Kedzie. Photographer Martin Gonzalez documented Talman's demise last month. His photo above looks northwest, across the ruins to the former entry lobby in the background.
Nov. 25, 2013
Nov. 22, 2013
Nov. 21, 2013
The titular frontman of the popular web series "Nostalgia Critic" is not the most warm and fuzzy of characters.
On the contrary, Chicago-based writer, comedian, and filmmaker Doug Walker plays the Critic as a bitter and maniacal loose cannon, reviewing mostly nostalgic films and television shows, sometimes old commercials and video games (often of the cheesy 80s and 90s variety, but recently contemporary works too) with frequent sarcasm and bursts of rage.
Yet Walker's satirical lashing of everything from "The Care Bears" to "Catwoman" is also the very basis of his appeal, and the reason why millions of Internet viewers keep tuning in to watch his videos week after week.
The episodes — available for endless hours of free viewing on That Guy with the Glasses.com — are consistently smart, fresh, and funny, with plenty of clips and expertly-edited footage to keep Walker's signature brand of comedic timing both delightfully nerdy and satisfyingly sharp.
Nov. 20, 2013