Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category

A Victorian Mansion Christmas

Dec
02

Dreimas

Silver and gold means so much more when I see silver and gold decorations in 19th century Gilded Age mansions. Fortunately, the Chicago area has several of these architectural representations with holiday events.

Downtown, the Dreihaus Museum (40 E …

Q Brothers for the Gentleman’s Face

Nov
25

Beard chart

A gentleman’s face requires maintenance. The clean-shaven have a daily razor regimen. The mustachioed man who follows the Chap Manifesto dictum, “Thou shalt always cultivate interesting facial hair,” needs waxes. The contemporary “lumbersexual” keeps up appearances with beard oil. Chicago …

The Gramovox

Nov
18

Bluetooth Gramophone - Gramovox.com

The Chicago-based Gramovox combines vintage amplification with contemporary audio technology. The Bluetooth 4.0 gramophone pumps music through an audio driver though a powder-coated steel horn.

Pavan Bapu and Jeff Parrish were inspired by a Magnavox R3 horn that they found …

Waistcoats and Weaponry Book Release Parties

Nov
11

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Bestselling steampunk author Gail Carriger will be providing two opportunities to visit her in Chicago area libraries. They are launches for Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in her Finishing School series.

Finishing School is set in the …

The Victorian Synthesizer

Oct
15

VicSyn

Sound artist John M. Bowers created the Victorian Synthesizer out of technology available in the 19th century. Nicolas Collins, Professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, offered instructions on …

Steampunks Invade the White City

Sep
16

fotwctours

The Friends of the White City and the Jackson Park Advisory Council run free Columbian Exposition walking tours. Steampunk Chicago encourages you to join a tour on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 11am to 1 pm.

The tour will cover:…

Brando’s Swing De Ville Debuts

Sep
09

Swing De Ville

Brando’s Speakeasy and Dead 2 Me Records debut Chicago’s weekly electro-swing and house night:

SWING DE VILLE!

Featuring resident DJ FactorySettings

with GUEST DJs every week!

Swing De Ville premieres Sept 13th with Vourteque

BRANDO’S SPEAKEASY
343 S. Dearborn Ave.…

Pullman Strike Begets Labor Day

Sep
02

Pullman Shooting

Congress instituted the Labor Day holiday in 1894 to quell dissent brought on by that year’s nationwide Pullman Strike that began outside of Chicago. Industrialist George Pullman’s employees turned against conditions that he imposed, caused a national furor and led …

August 19: White City Rippers, The Packrat Machine, Mudflapps

Aug
14
The White City Rippers, courtesy Glitter Guts

The White City Rippers, courtesy Glitter Guts

The White City Rippers return for their fist show since Krampunacht ’13.

They had not been apprehended by the police.

PackratThe Packrat Machine heads up from the Illinois Valley with Handmade Homemade Music.…

Frank Lloyd Murder

Aug
12

taliesin_wreckOn August 15, 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright’s mistress and her children were murdered in Wright’s love nest, Taliesin. The butler did it with fire, an axe, and acid.

The influential Prairie School architect fell in love with his Oak …