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Jun 30, 2016 >> Momma’s Perfect Summer Meal [VIDEO]

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For superstar chef Johanna M. Cook, who lovingly goes by stage name Momma Cuisine, prepping delish meals in a jiff is her middle name. And it was born out of necessity. With a growing food empire which includes a popular digital cookbook, numerous national appearances and streaming content on ROKU, Momma can’t afford to be slow in the kitchen. Not to mention she’s got three charming children who are hooked on her high class but low maintenance meals, too! We invited the lovable foodie over—for a second time on G&F!—and put her to the ultimate test: can Momma whip up a simple, delicious and stylish meal in under 15 minutes? (The answer: Yes).

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Jun 28, 2016 >> The Spongebob Musical makes a Splash [VIDEO]

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A catch phrase as iconic as this is scarcely found outside of your TV set during Nickelodeon’s late 90’s cult classic cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants. But the contagiously silly sea sponge is swimming from small screen to the Great White Way—and making quite the splash along the way! The unapologetic musical spectacle takes center stage with a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago this summer. THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL celebrates friendship and determination, and along the way, theater goers are treated to a show of epic proportions. And a whole lot of spongey sweet heart.

Leading the all-star team to really great depths is co-conceiver and director Tina Landau, the acclaimed Steppenwolf ensemble member whose enigmatic work is touted for its brave and bold explorations of large-scale musical pieces. The SpongeBob Musical is a brilliant peacock feather for her cap—or in this case, maybe something more akin to a parrot fish.

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May 17, 2016 >> Vintage Lovers Take Note: Open Secret Sale

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It’s not often you stumble upon someone like Evelyn Daitchman—a woman with an eye for treasure and a heart for the hunt. Evelyn has been collecting vintage clothing since 1980 and has the craziest closet of the most beautiful things to prove it. And now you have the opportunity to peruse Evelyn’s loveliest pieces and wackiest finds at the Open Secret Studio sale this upcoming weekend.

Evelyn created the Open Secret Studio in the West Loop four years ago as an event space and hub for all things art, fashion and culture. She explains, Open Secret Studios became a force of it’s own, and even though the space had a brief but brilliant life, it changed hers forever. You may remember us playing around the gorgeous space in our Valentine’s Day editorial a few years back—Ring a Bell? We thought so. READ MORE >>

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May 16, 2016 >> Kevin Coval has Something to Say [VIDEO]

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For Kevin Coval, words are power. Each one carefully chosen, together forming a string of meaning that leaves you totally awe-inspired in his presence. The 41-year old holds court as the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and founded Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival—both entities which provide a platform for eager authors and young poets to cut their teeth, strut their stuff and come together regardless of race or creed. And the latter—LTAB by its street acronym—is the world’s largest youth poetry festival.

But no amount of pomp impresses Kevin even though his programing has recently landed an impressive accolade from The MacArthur Foundation. He still talks earnestly with G&F about his pride and joy in the process: educating youth to find their most authentic voices. To him, the success and notoriety is great—and there is plenty of it!—but the opportunity to provide an avenue for expression is better.

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Apr 12, 2016 >> Getting Handsy with James Ewert [VIDEO]

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Our Spring Fashion Issue got some extra love with the help of collage artist James Ewert. To bring semblance to our Josephine Baker-inspired shoot, James used his craft to bring the atmosphere of a modern Bronze Venus to life. James’ intricate process of bibliographic foraging, dissection and sticky imposition gives us a whole new appreciation to the art of photomontage.  

James’ tagline goes a little something like this: “I make collages all F-ing day.” His unfiltered and unapologetic personality directly manifests through his work. Many of his pieces bring seemingly irrelevant elements together into an entertaining juxtaposition: think grandma’s quilt turned psychedelic icon or intergalactic gemstones.

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Apr 12, 2016 >> Kehoe is inviting you over for a Boozy Brunch

We can’t get enough of the ambiance our “Unique Voices” issue is serving up this season, so we signed up the brilliant minds behind Kehoe Designs to turn our Josephine Baker-inspired shoot into a lust-worthy mood board for a swinging soiree. And they’re the perfect heads to turn to as they helped fill out our Starlette! shoot with their warehouse of over-the-top goodies. Kehoe event producer Joshua Jones turns a  boozy brunch up a notch with a roaring ‘20s spin.

Get inspired with the musings and go all out at your next party or simply grab a piece to spruce up your bar cart. Muddle up some mojitos and get in the spring spirit by channeling your inner Creole Goddess. By the looks of this dazzling mood board, Kehoe Designs knows how to throw one hell of a party. 

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Apr 12, 2016 >> This Presidio Cocktail is Password Protected! [VIDEO]

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We enlisted the help of our favorite Wicker Park jaunt to whip up a cocktail perfect for Spring. Nestled on Damen Ave, Presidio boasts a moody, dimly-lit space ideal for sipping crafted cocktails and lounging away the night—or day. They’re teaching us how to shake up a gin-based cocktail that pays homage to the prohibition era, and with flavor profiles that give a nod to our Josephine Baker-inspired Spring fashion shoot. From stage right enters: The Flash in the Pan.  READ MORE >>

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Apr 12, 2016 >> Three Ways to Nail Spring Beauty

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Runways around the world are proclaiming Spring fashion isn’t just an ode to clothes and beauty anymore. We’re going fingertips first into Spring style. Manicurist Ashley Gregory created three sets of trending nail art to glam up our Drag Beauty story—because style is all about the tiny details. And since our issue is all about celebrating the uniqueness within, we enlisted the help of one-of-a-kind queens to give us a hand in modeling the coolest nail trends of the season. Put your boring nudes and go-to reds into hibernation: we’re going bright, brazen and drag! READ MORE >>