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CUSP

MAGAZINE

SUMMER ISSUE 2014

JARED

ROUBEN’S

MOODY

TONGUE


Giving

Giving Beer A Language”

+// CELESTE BAR GETS REVIEWED

// CHICAGO YOUTUBE & TWITTER PHENOM RAPPER ICEJJFISH

// NEW MUSIC COMING THIS SUMMER

// HIP-HOP SONGTRESS LILI K. TURNS TO JAZZ

// ART & GENDER AT THE ART INSTITUTE

// DRAG IN CHICAGO

// HACKERSPACE(S) IN CHICAGO

// WHERE TO “SELFIE” IN THE WINDY CITY

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PUBLISHERS

SHAWN GOBURN

JOSEPH WENSELL

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

ZACH MILLER

ART DIRECTOR

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

EMILY CRUZ, CHLOE DOHERTY, AARON DOLAN, SOPHIE GALATÉ, ZACH MILLER

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INSIDE

SUMMER 2014 ISSUE

Table of Contents & Cover Photography

AARON DOLAN

MOODY TONGUE

BREWMASTER

JARED

ROUBEN

Founder Jared Rouben

blends the styles and

tastes of food and beer

through his unique

culinary brewing

process at Moody

Tongue, a new brewery

in Pilsen.

by

Sophie Galaté

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LILI K.talks new album, jazz,

and more with Zach Miller

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CONTENTS

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DRAG IN CHICAGO

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GENDER & THE ART INSTITUTE 28

HACKERSPACE

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DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S NOTE 6 FOOD 8 MUSIC 16

SELFIES IN CHICAGO

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EDITOR’S NOTE

by ZACH MILLER

At CUSP Magazine, our primary goal is to represent the interests of our

readers. As a Chicago-based magazine, that means supplying articles and

information that is as diverse, innovative and stimulating as the city in which we

work.

In this second issue of CUSP Magazine – an online Arts, Culture and

Entertainment magazine of Chicago – we tripled the page count of our pilot

issue. We realized that diversity needs more room. On each page of CUSP

Magazine’s Summer 2014 Issue, you’ll read stories rich with the cultural

diversity that is inherent in Chicago.

Our journalists studied the cultural phenomenon of collaborative workspaces

in the city, investigated the role of gender in the Art Institute of Chicago, and

interviewed the founder of a new Chicago brewery. We highlighted the success

of local artist Lili K and reviewed newly-opened bars and restaurants.

We compiled a list of recommendations for summer festivals and explored

Chicago’s burgeoning drag scene. We even supply readers with our top spots

for Chicago selfies!

As Editor-in-Chief of CUSP Magazine, I was proud of the launch of our first

issue in Spring 2014. Between a small group of like-minded, creative individuals,

we generated a unique product that we could share with the world – for free.

Now, with the release of our second issue, I’m beyond proud: I’m excited. Our

readership grows each day, and with its expansion, our opportunities to report

on Chicago culture increase.

As journalists for a free-to-read magazine, our goal is not to get rich – it’s

to inform. We promised readers in our first issue to report on the cultural

phenomena of Chicago before they start trending. We promised readers

to deliver information that is new, that is relevant and that is interesting. We

promised a magazine that explores that which is on the cusp in Chicago, and to

do so in an engaging, professional way.

We at CUSP Magazine keep our promises.

Just read on and see.

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FOOD

NEW OPENINGS // REVIEWS

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FOOD // REVIEWS

Celeste Bar Serves Up Celestial Spirits

Written by CHLOE DOHERTY

Celeste, located on 111 Hubbard St., in Chicago, opened in February by owners and

brothers Rafid, Nader and Fadi Hindo, who emphasize spirits in the craft specialties of the

turn-of-the-century inspired cocktail bar. “Celeste is all about spirits,” a team member for

Celeste said. “[The barman] has actually gone to other countries to study the spirits including

Mexico to study agave.”

Celeste features a variety of drinks, like the astronomically-named cocktail The Constellation

and signature cocktails like the Golden Filigree. They also serve specifically chosen wines and

local, regional and international craft beers. To complement their specially selected spirits,

Celeste offers both appetizers and entrees that feature seasonally and locally produced food

like burrata cheese with smoked grapes and jidori chicken with a sherry truffle sauce.

The Celeste staff is stocked with Chicago locals who specialize in celestial service. Fred

Sarkis and Sterling Field, of Sable Kitchen and Bar and Carriage House respectively, create

the classic cocktails at Celeste. Chef Aaron Lirette of Acadia concocts seafood dishes like

halibut with Manila clams with Chef TJ Harville, formerly of Sofitel hotel. Celeste’s multilayered

drinks and food emulate the two-story physical structure of the bar. Celeste’s dimly lit

first floor includes a long, sleek, silver bar and black high-rise stools. Brick walls hold blackframed

and intricately designed mirrors, making the small ground floor seem even bigger.

The second-floor Deco Room offers a dining room reminiscent of the 1920s Chicago supper

clubs, the Celeste team says. Upstairs, the menu expands on Celeste’s astronomical theme with

additional categories like Waxing Crescent or Full Moon. Although it opened with very little

media attention, the Celeste team said, Celeste has enjoyed a successful first few months. They

said they hope to expand to a rooftop lounge as Chicago’s weather improves.

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RESTAURANT FEATURE

Moody

Tongue

for the

Discerning Palate

Jared Rouben’s culinary-inspired brewery opens in Chicago

Written by SOPHIE GALATÉ

Photography by AARON DOLAN

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Founder Jared Rouben blends the styles and tastes of

food and beer through his unique culinary brewing process at

Moody Tongue, a new brewery in Pilsen. According to Rouben,

the name of the brewery means “discerning palate,” and is an

accurate reflection of his brewing style.

“Beer is food and brewing is cooking,” said Rouben.

According to Rouben, he has always had a passion for food.

Growing up in a family enthusiastic about food, he was always

involved in the kitchen. After graduating from Washington

University in St. Louis, his love of food inspired him to attend

culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where

he started his own beer pairing club.

After graduating from the CIA, Rouben moved to Napa Valley

to work in a Michelin Star restaurant. At first, he experimented

with wine and encountered several complex beer varieties. While

working in the restaurant, he was able to explore the substitution

of beer instead of wine when pairing food with alcohol.

“At the end of every shift, we were drinking beers,” said

Rouben. “Beer just made sense and it worked.”

Rouben was working with his home brew kit in Napa, buying

ingredients from farmers markets and playing with flavors while

brewing.

“That’s when I realized I could approach brewing the same

way I approach cooking,” Rouben said.

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Rouben then went on to work

at Per Se, a Three Michelin Star

restaurant in New York City, and

at Chelsea Brewing Company.

According to Rouben, after

teaching coworkers at Per Se what

he had learned at Chelsea Brewing,

he decided to attend brewing school

and enrolled at Seibel Institute in

Chicago.

Following his formal education,

Rouben began working at Goose

Island and became a brewmaster

for the company in 11 months.

“As soon as I set foot in Goose

Island, I felt I really got the

opportunity to bring food and

beer together,” Rouben said.

Moody Tongue, a“farm-tobottle”

experience, continues

Rouben’s initiative to blend food

and beer. Rouben has established

relationships with several farmers

in Illinois to include various

ingredients in his culinary brewing

process.

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“It allows people to better

understand what they love and

don’t love,” Rouben said.

“And most importantly, when

they purchase it they will be

happy, and the best way to do

that is to educate [customers].”

The “language” of cooking is

a term some use when describing

meals. According to Rouben,

he wants people to use similar

terms when talking about beer.

“The reason why this is so

important to me is because I

think beer lacks a language,”

Rouben said.

“If we can come up with

words that apply to beer the

same way they apply to food,

then I can guide you to a beer

you can enjoy.”

PILSEN EAST

Moody Tongue

2136 South Peoria Street

Chicago, IL 60608

www.MoodyTongue.com

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MUSIC

REVIEWS, NEWS... // LOCAL & BEYOND

Photos Source: facebook.com/icejjfish

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MUSIC // REVIEWS

For the Love of Infamy

Written by EMILY CRUZ

IceJJFish, the Aurora, Illinois-based rapper who is most infamously known for his single

On the Floor, has recently dropped a new song, Sky High. Though IceJJFish isn’t as widely

known as other Chicago rappers, he has become extremely popular (currently holding over

100 thousand twitter followers), but for all the wrong reasons.

To start off on a good note, unlike the vocals on this track, Sky High has a surprisingly

decent beat. Though traditional and unoriginal, IceJJFish experiments with percussion and

background harmonies to save Sky High from falling completely flat.

Speaking of flat, IceJJFish once again tests the range of his vocal capabilities on Sky High.

His wavering vocal pitch makes his music extremely hard to listen to, but also extremely

addictive, which begs the question: What exactly is it about horrible music, like Sky High, that

keeps the audience holding out for more

Though Sky High isn’t good enough to be seriously considered as something worth your

time listening to, to put it simply, the infamy of bad music can just draw you in. Though

IceJJFish is off pitch and his pronunciation is abysmal, it’s fun to just see what he’s going to put

out next. The most important thing to draw from Sky High is that, regardless of how terrible

his music is, IceJJFish seems genuinely happy to produce music and will continue to do so for

his own simple happiness. As IceJJFish writes on his Facebook page, “I love to make music. It’s

something god created me for. Click to Listen to Sky High

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Source: Blue Note Records

MUSIC // NEWS

José James Announces New Album

“WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING” OUT JUNE 10.

José James has announced a June 10 release date for his new album, While You Were

Sleeping, his fifth studio album and his second album for Blue Note Records. While You Were

Sleeping is the follow-up to his widely acclaimed R&B and jazz steeped No Beginning No

End, and signals a new creative direction for the versatile singer-songwriter. The album was

recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and was produced by José and Brian Bender.

Pre-order now on Amazon or iTunes. Stream the album’s first single “EveryLittleThing”

at NPR Music.

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MUSIC // NEWS

New Releases This Summer

JUNE 2

50 CENT Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win

JUNE 3

MATISYAHU Akeda

JUNE 9

KASABIAN 48:13 ; CHLÖE HOWL Chlöe Howl

JUNE 10

JACK WHITE Lazaretto ; O.A.R. The Rockville EP

JUNE 16

TIËSTO A Town Called Paradise

JUNE 17

LINKIN PARK The Hunting Party

JUNE 23

EXAMPLE Live Life Living ; ED SHEERAN x

JUNE TBA

COLLECTIVE SOUL See What You Started By Continuing

JULY 4

THE RED SUIT JUMPERS 4

JULY 7

La ROUX Trouble in Paradise ; MANIC STREET PREACHERS Futurology

JULY 22

BELLA THORNE Call It Whatever

AUGUST 12

STEVE AOKI Neon Future

Dates subject to change

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MUSIC FEATURE

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Lili

K.

Returns to Jazz for Debut Album

Written by ZACH MILLER

Photography by

J. FRANK VISUALS

& AARON DOLAN

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Photography by J. Frank Visuals

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A fter releasing three EPs over the past three years, Chicago

artist Lili K recently announced she is working on her first full-length

album, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, according

to her website.

Her debut album, currently untitled, will be Lili’s first project that is

comprised completely of live instrumentation, which is how she has always

wanted to record, according to the artist. Lili’s current material includes

many live elements, such as bass and keyboards, and she plays with a full

band during live performances. According to Lili, her most recent EP, “My

Favorite Things,” was recorded with primarily live instruments.

“I want [the album] to be accurate to my live shows. I hate performing

with a track, because really it’s about me and my band,” Lili K said. “[Live

instrumentation] translates better.”

In addition to incorporating more live instrumentation than her

previous projects, Lili said she plans on returning to her original style of

jazz and soul for her album. Often associated with Chicago’s hip-hop

scene, Lili is renowned for blending her sultry voice and jazzy style with

hip-hop, creating a unique sound that has pushed the 22-year-old artist to

the forefront of Chicago’s music spotlight.

“I kind of got caught up in the hip-hop scene, which is great, but I kind

of miss what I came up on,” Lili said. “[The album] will be really jazz and

soul-oriented to kind of get back to my roots.”

These roots appear to be buried in a lifetime of music appreciation

and performance. According to her website, Lili grew up in an artistic

household in Milwaukee and began writing original music when she was

10-years-old. After graduating from Milwaukee High School of the Arts,

where she studied classical, opera and jazz vocals, Lili attended Columbia

College Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Arts, Entertainment

and Media Management in 2012, according to the site.

“I went to school to understand the business aspects of everything,”

Lili said. “So I understand the industry a bit more than a lot of artists do,

especially new artists.”

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While attending Columbia, Lili released two EPs, “A Prelude to Hello” and “Metal Petals”,

in collaboration with Peter CottonTale, a Chicago-based artist and producer. She released her

third EP “My Favorite Things” on July 1, 2013. Since her sudden arrival onto Chicago’s music

scene, Lili has worked with a number of artists, such as Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa,

and has performed at several high-profile shows, such as SXSW and Summerfest, according

to her website.

“I’m trying to get better as a songwriter, as a vocal arranger [and] as a producer,” Lili said

regarding her current goals for the album. “I’ve been doing some vocal arranging for other

artists as well, and that’s been a lot of fun. I’m really into it, into putting things together and

making more of a composition rather than just a song.”

“Whenever I write, I kind of am thinking in song, even if it doesn’t turn into anything,” Lili

said. “I have so many voice memos that are starts or little sections of songs that I’ll go back to

and use eventually. Like my song, ‘Help’, I wrote like a year-and-a-half before I used it. It was

written for something else, then when Lorine [Chia] and I wanted to work together, I was like,

I have this song that would be perfect for us to use, and it came in handy.”

Photography by AARON DOLAN

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Photography by AARON DOLAN

According to Lili, she will be working with several artists for her debut album, including

CottonTale, who performed with her during her most recent show at The Shrine on March 4.

“I love artists who create, who have talent, who don’t rely on so many effects and things to

sound good,” Lili said. “But I do think [the music industry] has been oversaturated with how

easy it is to become an artist now, with the internet and everything. I think that takes some of

the specialness away.”

“But it’s not my place to judge that,” Lili said. “I just love making the music that I want to

make and I want to get better every day.”

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Photography by J. Frank Visuals

Where

to

find

Lili K.

on

the

web

lilikmusic.com

Facebook

Twitter

Soundcloud

YouTube

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ARTS FEATURE

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Gender

Still a Man’s World

the

and

Art

INSTITUTE

Written by

EMILY CRUZ

Photography by

MATT LIEF ANDERSON

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As found in a CUSP Magazine

study, the Art Institute of Chicago

features male artists and their artwork

more often than female artists, a trend

that may lead to a misrepresentation of

Chicago’s art community and culture.

Throughout history, art museums have

frequently demonstrated a preference

for male-produced artwork over those of

female artists.

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This absence of women in art galleries

inspired the rise of many advocacy groups that

encourage a greater representation of femaleproduced

artwork, such as The Guerrilla Girls,

who formed in 1985 to fight sexism and racism

in the art community. In 2012, the Guerrilla

Girls held their exhibit Not Ready to Make Nice:

Exhibition of Recent Guerrilla Girls’ Work at

Columbia College Chicago. During that exhibit,

the Guerrilla Girls stated that male-produced

artwork dominated 90% of the Art Institute

of Chicago’s Modern galleries and 82% of the

museum’s Contemporary galleries. Today, the

numbers have scarcely improved. According to

a representative of the Art Institute, the museum

does not file its artwork according to gender. So,

I went into the Art Institute with a pen and paper

and marked down each work of art based on the

gender of its artist. In my discoveries, I found

that 81% of the museum’s American Modern

gallery and 89% of its Contemporary gallery are

dominated by the artwork of male artists.

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...in 2012...

male-produced

artwork dominated

90% of the Art

Institute of Chicago’s

Modern galleries and

82% of the museum’s

Contemporary

galleries.

I was disappointed by these

results. If museums like the Art

Institute of Chicago fail to include

an accurate representation of

female artists, they distort the

cultures of past and current

societies to their audiences.

Additionally, female artists and

art students may feel discouraged

by this lack of representation, which

may deter them from contributing

to the art community.

“Sometimes artists are (quicktempered).

When someone tells

them no, they say yes.

They want to break the rules

and they want to change things,”

said Frida Kahlo, a leader of

the Guerrilla Girls, when asked

if the absence of female artists

in museums will affect future

generations of artists. “For others

it might be difficult because it’s

not easy to work without role

models.”

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LIFESTYLE/CULTURE FEATURE

The

Kings

Though they’re

not of noble descent,

the kings and queens

of Chicago’s drag

culture are still

considered royalty

throughout the city.

&

Lavished with fine

silk and sequence,

the leaders of this

growing community

perform to all who

have an open ear and

an open mind.

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Queens

of

Chicago

Written by

EMILY CRUZ

Photography by

FIERCEFINDER STUDIO

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Drag

is a story, a performance and a

way of life for many Chicagoans, one

which offers limitless possibilities for

its participants. In drag, one dons the

persona of whatever gender she or he

identifies with. Men may dress as women

(queens), women may dress as men

(kings) – all in pursuit of one’s truest

representation of the self.

Boystown, among many other

communities throughout Chicago and

the country, is thriving with drag culture.

Television shows like RuPaul’s Drag

Race, in which drag queens compete

against one another for the title of

America’s Next Top Drag Queen, have

increased the awareness of drag culture

to their American audiences.

In Chicago, Ivory and Trannika Rex

are popular names in the growing drag

community. Leaders of the blossoming

culture, both figures offer stories and

insight on the city’s developing

relationship with drag.

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THE INTERVIEW

WITH TRANNIKA REX AND IVORY IVORY

>>Emily Cruz: Who inspired you to start drag

>>Ivory Ivory: Before I started going out in full geish, I would go to the drag show at Berlin. It was then called

The House of Santana. The girls of that show played a huge role in my desire to become Ivory. They were

fearless, funny, beautiful creatures and I wanted to be a part of the madness. I took notes from HoS Queens like

Ruby Dee, Trannika Rex and Miztress Vana. I enlisted the help of a fellow drag queen and friend, Debbie Fox,

and with her help, I created a monster.

>>Cruz: How do you define drag

>>Trannika Rex: Drag to me is when someone dresses as a caricature of a woman. It’s very hard to define drag

and I think RuPaul might have the best explanation: “We’re born naked and the rest is drag.” Drag is more

about the end result than what the person defines [her/

>> Cruz: What do you find to be some of the biggest misconceptions about drag

>>Trannika: The first thing my mother said when I told her [I was performing drag] was, “That’s cool, but

it’s not like a fetish, right” And I said, “God no. My fetish is paying homeless people to come to my house

and urinate on me. This is a hobby.” For me at least, drag is a job, not a sexual thing. I can’t say the same for

everyone, though. Another weird stereotype is that drag queens are mean. We might be commanding, but most

of the drag queens I know are sweet people who tend to look intimidating because they’re living characters.

>>Cruz: How would you describe the drag community of Chicago

>>Ivory: The drag scene in Chicago is great! Ivory was born and raised here, so there are a lot of nostalgic

moments when I see other new girls starting how I did. There is a lot of opportunity here. There are multiple

amateur drag contests which allow newer talent to showcase themselves to the public. I’m fortunate enough

to perform often at varied shows like The Drag Matinee at Berlin, Drag Carnage and Face at Hydrate and

Trannika’s Most Wanted at Scarlet, which I’m casted on. All these shows feature fan favorites and new girls,

creating even more opportunity. Being able to work with a lot of girls regularly in these shows is what really

builds a sense of community. When I’m with my girls, I’m home.

>>Cruz: How do you think drag culture in Chicago is different from drag anywhere else

>>Ivory: I’ve only experienced the drag scene in Denver and Chicago, so I can’t personally vouch for the

drag scene anywhere else. All I can say is Chicago is hungry. A lot of these girls are working hard and working

fast. We’re very brand-oriented. Creating a visual that screams your name. It’s easy to get lost in the crowd, so

making yourself individual and unique is key. Chicago’s drag culture is also super fertile. Fact: A drag queen is

born every five minutes.

>>Cruz: With more and more people becoming interested with drag and taking part in drag, how do you see

Chicago’s drag culture shifting from what it is now

>>Ivory: It can only enrich it. The more people involved, the more chances to inspire and educate someone

new. Everyone should try drag once. Building our army of Queens, one wig at a time.

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BUSINESS FEATURE

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MAKE.

HACK.

CRAFT.

Find Your

Place at a

Chicagoland

Hackerspace

A recent trend with

increasing membership,

Hackerspaces have found

a niche in Chicago’s

creative community.

Hackerspaces,

collaborative community

workshops, are growing

in popularity as a space

to exercise creativity

of all variety. They

provide members with

resources for 3D printing,

woodworking, beer

brewing and even welding.

Members hail from

diverse backgrounds and

neighborhoods, but they

all frequent hackerspaces

for the same purpose: to

create.

Written, videographed,

& photographed

by AARON DOLAN

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PUMPING STATION: ONE, located at 3519 N. Elston Ave. is the

largest hackerspace in Chicagoland and recently passed 300 members. The monthly membership fees are $40 or

$70. The former is the “starving hacker” membership, which provides 24/7 access to the space. The $70/month

full membership includes voting rights, storage space, the ability to run for a position on the board and discounted

classes, according to Adam Dzak, the PR Director for the space.

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As a member of Pumping Station: One, the opportunities for creation are only limited to your own creativity.

The space includes a full woodworking area, metal works, welding and even resources for blacksmithing. A full

working kitchen area is available for use, which boasts a section dedicated to brewing beer that is aptly named

“Brewing Station: One”. This beer is then served at Beer Church, an event that happens twice a month at the

hand-built bar in the front room of the space.

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SOUTH SIDE HACKERSPACE, located at 2233 S.

Throop St., has about 30 members, but are always expanding, according to Jessica Fong, PR

Director of the space. The monthly membership fees are $28 or $50. $28/month provides 24/7

access to the space, whereas $50/month includes locker space, voting rights and the ability to run

for a position on the board.

South Side Hackerspace was started two years ago as a coffee club and members shared time

between apartments, according to Dmitriy Vysotskiy, Co-founder of the space. Once they were

able to find a space, Dmitriy said, they charged members and started to build. The space currently

occupies a 1,000 square foot space with three rooms. The main room accommodates meetings and

the electronics area. One room in the back has a 3D printer while the other room has woodworking

machinery, such as saws and drills.

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WORKSHOP 88, located at 481 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn, IL, was started

in December of 2009 just outside of Chicago. This space has about 30 members with monthly

memberships priced at $30 and $50.

The $30 membership provides 24/7 access to the space, whereas the $50 membership includes

full voting rights, free class registration and the ability to hold office, according the space’s Advisor,

Andrew Morrsion.

Workshop 88 hosts classes with the library to educate students on subjects like circuit boards,

because those topics can be taught in a workshop-based setting. They also try to host classes in the

space at least twice a month according to Morrison.

A full electronics lab complete with a 3D printer, a woodworking room with saws and drills, and

a main room with a meeting table and vinyl cutter is available for use in the space.

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HACK HOSTEL, provides affordable, short-term housing for aspiring

developers, designers, and tech entrepreneurs located in Chicago. The goal was to create a living

space that fosters creativity and camaraderie between the web developers, designers, students and

entrepreneurs that are living here.

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CHICAGO

SUMMER

FESTIVALS

10

RECOMMENDATIONS

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BY

CUSP STAFFERS

CHLOE DOHERTY

& AARON DOLAN

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CHLOE DOHERTY

CHICAGO

SUMMER

FESTIVALS

5

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Ravinia June 5 through September 14

Ravinia is the perfect festival to take advantage of Chicago’s whole summer and will feature a variety

of artists and shows including John Legend, OneRepublic, James Taylor, Joss Stone and more.

>> visit website

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2. Wicker Park’s Green Music Festival June 21 & 22

Wicker Park’s Green Music Fest provides entertainment while remaining environmentally friendly

with green vendors and musical guests.

>> VISIT WEBSITE

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3. World’s Largest Block Party June 27 & 28

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the World’s Largest Block Party This event features a battle of

bands and an atmosphere that can’t be beat.

>> visit website

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4. Chive Fest June 28

After taking place in Seattle, Denver, and Dallas, this marks the first year Chive Fest will be in

Chicago. The lineup includes Empire of the Sun, Matt & Kim, White Arrows and more.

>> VISIT WEBSITE

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5. Taste of River North June 18 through June 20

Chicago is famous for two things: food and music. Listen to live music while tasting food from

well-known River North restaurants such as Fleming’s, Jake Melnick’s, The Green Door, and more.

>> VISIT WEBSITE

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CHICAGO

SUMMER

FESTIVALS

5

RECOMMENDATIONS

by

AARON DOLAN

1. LOOPS & VARIATIONS MAY 29 through JULY 3 (EVERY THURSDAY AT 6:30PM)

These are a free concert series, presented by DCASE and the City of Chicago, in Millenium

Park that anyone can attend. Fairly well known acts are booked for some of these such as Dan

Deacon last summer.

>> visit website

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2. DOWNTOWN SOUND June 2 through AUGUST 11 (EVERY MONDAY AT 6:30PM)

These are a free concert series, presented by DCASE and the City of Chicago, in Millenium

Park that anyone can attend. These concerts tend to be more rock-focused. Russian Circles

close out the summer this year.

>> visit website

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3. burger fest July 12 & 13

Burgers galore and so much more await you at this unique fest in Roscoe Village. Restaurants

from around the city set up here to impress with their own spin on an American favorite.

>> visit website

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4. Green Music Fest June 21 & 22

Located right under the Damen Blue Line stop in Wicker Park, this donation-based street fest

is a great time. They are able to get large acts like Dinosaur Jr.

>> VISIT WEBSITE

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5. Northcoast Music Festival august 29 through August 31

This festival is a great way to end the summer. It takes place over Labor Day weekend and is

in its fifth year. They’ve booked big headliners like Bassnectar to ensure that you won’t be

disappointed.

>> visit website

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The “It’s Not Like I’m Drunk” Cocktail

2 oz. tequila

1 oz. triple sec

1/2 ounce lime juice

Salt

1 too many

1 automobile

1 missed red light

1 false sense of security

1 lowered reaction time

Combine ingredients. Shake.

Have another. And another.

Never underestimate ‘just a few.’

Buzzed driving is drunk driving.


SOPHIE’S

SELFIES

8by

SOPHIE GALATÉ

Eight Places in Chicago,

plus One Obvious Location,

to Step Up Your Selfie Game.

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“With this

view of the

skyline

(of course)

from

The Lincoln

1Park Zoo.”

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“Cruising down

Michigan Avenue

2in a horse and buggy.”

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3“With this

homie, the

J. Seward

Johnson

“Allow Me”

Statue on

Delaware

Place, in

River North,

especially

during

Stanley Cup

Finals.”

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4“With this

head at The

Museum of

Contemporary

Art.”

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5

“The

300 Level

at The United Center.”

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6“With

some

tasty

treats

at Oak

Street

Beach.”

“At

the

7Oak

Street

Beach

with

MLK.”

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8

“On

the

Ferris

Wheel

at

Navy

Pier.”


“And finally, the most-selfie-suitable place

in the world, The Bean (obviously).”

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HuNGEr

sINGs

IN tHE

sHoWEr,

too.

1 IN 6 AMErIcANs struGGlEs WItH HuNGEr.

toGEtHEr

WE’rE

Hunger is closer than you think. reach out to your local food bank

for ways to do your part. Visit FeedingAmerica.org today.

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COMMENTARY

WISHING YOU

SUMMER

Many people in the world believe that ladybugs are a good omen. They

can symbolize a turn of good luck in cash flow, love, or that a wish may be

granted. However, people associate the killing of a ladybug with bad luck.

LUCK

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