This weekend amid freezing and blustery conditions Chicago held its annual Chiditarod race. For those of you who are unfamiliar the Chiditarod Urban Iditarod is a combination pub crawl, costume contest and charity food drive, and if that’s not enough for you it’s all centered around a race where teams push decorated shopping carts across the city for most of the day, pausing at 11 strategically placed recovery checkpoints, that is: bars. This year the Chiditarod raised over $14,000 and collected 10,000 pounds of canned food for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation. Awesome. Thanks to Kirstie Shanley for the photos.
Side note. My cousin Ed Stielstra is at this very moment racing across the frozen Alaskan tundra in the actualIditarod. So far he’s traveled 272 miles and still has all 16 dogs with him which is a great sign. Good luck Ed!
Since Anish Kapoor erected Cloud Gate (aka “The Bean”) at Millenium Park in 2004 I’ve probably seen thousands of images of this iconic sculpture and have definitely reached the point of over-saturation. And then I stumbled onto this wonderful shot by Håkan Ludwigson and I can’t stop looking at it. Much more of his work can be found here. (via notcot)
Chicago restaurant Longman & Eagle turned what they refer to as their “favorite Yelp review” into a lovely postcard that’s being distributed at the restaurant. I find it embarrassing that my son who is only three has visited this restaurant twice now, and somehow I have yet to drop in. More via their Facebook page. (via eater)
So in case you haven’t heard Chicago got a few feet of snow last night. My son was thrilled to wake up to 6-foot snow drifts and snowmobiles zooming around on the street for his third birthday. I grabbed a camera and headed down to the lake for a bit this morning to snap a couple shots. As I write this I still can’t feel my face but it was fun to be out there in the middle of it.
I’ve been on the fence about posting this for almost a week since finding it over on fuck yeah chicago, and after watching it for the third or fourth time I’ve decided to pull the trigger. I have no idea what’s going on here. It’s kind of like somebody made a music video using the monster from M. Night’s The Village. Also there’s lots of bleeding. Whatever, I think it’s great and I can’t get the music out of my head. By the Chicago band A Lull, directed by Anthony Ciannamea.
I’m having difficulty putting into words the awesomeness of this video by Craig Shimala. I think my amazement rests in the simplicity of its production: a GoPro Hero HD mounted to the front windshield of his car, and a mirror effect applied with Vegas Movie Studio HD — and yet the results are mind-blowing. (via gaper’s)