Chicago and Art

Founder of Impressionist Painting Claude Monet

Founder of Impressionist Painting

Claude Monet

'Self Portrait' Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh

'Self Portrait' Post-Impressionist

Vincent van Gogh

Chicago has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. What is "Impressionism" you ask? It's a painting movement, which originated in France in the 19th century. This style captures the visual impression of the moment. Showing the shifting effect of light and color while using thin, small brush strokes. If you find yourself in Chicago, visit today.

Museum Location:

111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60603
 

Museum Hours:

Open daily 10:30–5:00

Thursday until 8:00

ChiBoys On The Go

ChiBoys On The Go! Ladies and gentlemen it is our pleasure to open the door and give you a look into what we've been working on. The idea for this project dates back to 2011. That may seem like a long time, but when you consider the fact that people never get their ideas past "just a thought" it's not that long at all.  What is this thought you ask? It's ChiBoys On The Go! ChiBoys On The Go is a mobile store. We will be able to go straight to the happening spots around town and get right in the mix. Yup! This Spring/Summer ChiBoys will be pulling up to an event near you. When ChiBoys was created the goal was to create a line that showed how dope Chicago is through fashionable pieces and graphic design. All we're doing with this next step is expanding on that idea.  This process was a combination of trying to put the right plan together, combined with doubt, a lot of confusion, and being told no by the city multiple times. I'm a firm believer in timing. 2017 wasn't chosen, but with all of the struggle and glitches in the road things just kind of fell on this year.  Along with every deterrent, finding the right truck for what we're doing was a battle in itself. One of the 1st things was finding a truck we could afford. We wanted something old with a classic unique look, but at the same time already working and in good driving condition. Good luck there. We also wanted something new, but not so new that it felt generic and had no character. If there's one thing we learned on this journey is to believe in your gut, don't ignore the signs, do what YOU want to do, and don't listen to someone who has never taken the road that you are about to take. Somehow you should do all this without not taking no for an answer. Where there's a will there's a way. We have started an Instagram page that will give you a closer look into the inside workings of the process. Give us a follow. Instagram: ChiBoysOnTheGo  

ChiBoys On The Go!

Ladies and gentlemen it is our pleasure to open the door and give you a look into what we've been working on. The idea for this project dates back to 2011. That may seem like a long time, but when you consider the fact that people never get their ideas past "just a thought" it's not that long at all. 

What is this thought you ask? It's ChiBoys On The Go! ChiBoys On The Go is a mobile store. We will be able to go straight to the happening spots around town and get right in the mix. Yup! This Spring/Summer ChiBoys will be pulling up to an event near you. When ChiBoys was created the goal was to create a line that showed how dope Chicago is through fashionable pieces and graphic design. All we're doing with this next step is expanding on that idea. 

This process was a combination of trying to put the right plan together, combined with doubt, a lot of confusion, and being told no by the city multiple times. I'm a firm believer in timing. 2017 wasn't chosen, but with all of the struggle and glitches in the road things just kind of fell on this year. 

Along with every deterrent, finding the right truck for what we're doing was a battle in itself. One of the 1st things was finding a truck we could afford. We wanted something old with a classic unique look, but at the same time already working and in good driving condition. Good luck there. We also wanted something new, but not so new that it felt generic and had no character.

If there's one thing we learned on this journey is to believe in your gut, don't ignore the signs, do what YOU want to do, and don't listen to someone who has never taken the road that you are about to take. Somehow you should do all this without not taking no for an answer. Where there's a will there's a way.

We have started an Instagram page that will give you a closer look into the inside workings of the process. Give us a follow.

Instagram: ChiBoysOnTheGo

 

The Ferris Wheel. An Interesting Chicago Fact!

Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World's Fair

Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World's Fair

 

  • Did you know the first ferris wheel EVER was built in Chicago for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition? In 2015 Chicago begin to replace the 15-story ferris wheel at Navy Pier that was modeled after the original. Today we have a bigger new improved ferris wheel called the Centennial Wheel. The name Centennial was given to to pay homage to the 100th year anniversary of Lake Michigan's landmark. This new wheel reaches soaring heights of nearly 200 feet, along with 360 degree views of Chicago's city and lake. Many of us see the ferris wheel from LSD (Lake Shore Drive) all the time and have no idea how much it's a treasured piece of Chicago's skyline and history.
Centennial Wheel 2016

Centennial Wheel 2016

You Think You Know But You Have No Idea. Chicago

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Did you know the first blood bank in the United States was created in Chicago in 1937?

The man responsible for this was Bernard Fantus. Back then it was only common for blood to be stored for a few hours. This sparked B-Smooth's interest. In Russia, doctors were setting up blood deposits where there were patients that had access to preserved blood. After many experiments, Fantus figured out a way to refrigerate the blood which preserved it for up to 10 days. This process was later named "Blood Bank."



Seeing BJ The Chicago Kid open up Obama was so dope!

Seeing BJ open up for Barack Obama's Farewell Speech in Chicago was inspiring. Stay the course and great things will happen. Go to his IG or google him and you can listen to all of his current stuff. I wanted to post something that let me know the boy is a true talent. Also look for "Hay" that he covered by Chicago's own Crucial Conflict. The boy can sang. 

ChiBoys and More

Hi all,

My name is Shawn and I'm the creator of ChiBoys.

It took me a while to come up with this idea to do what I'm doing. What am I doing you ask? I'm blogging in a way where I expose myself as a person and not hiding behind a business. This blog will be a door that's slightly open to how random my brain works, and that's pretty F-ing! random. I won't stick to the norm. I won't only be lifestyle. I won't only talk about music. I won't only talk about sports. And I won't touch politics. If I think about something and I choose to use this platform to talk about it that is exactly what I will do. So many people are judged and misunderstood these days. I have the ability to cut a percentage of that out simply by just being myself. It won't always be grammatically correct. It won't always be something that everyone will agree with. I can only guarantee it will sound like me. My thoughts will be colorful and feel as if they are coming off the paper. Ok, no one writes on paper anymore, but I'm sure you're picking up what I'm putting down.  So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen I give you me. Enjoy.

Who: ChiBoys Clothing and Shawn

What: ChiBoys the line and the creator rambling about random things. The creator is a kid from the south side of Chicago. Roseland to be exact. That usually surprises most. Just another example of the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover." ChiBoys is a Chicago themed line that plays off the history, architecture and culture of Chicago. Most of this is portrayed by graphic designs on very cool tshirts. We also carry tank tops, hoodies, sweatshirts, hats, and bandanas.

When: Now. The start of 2017.  Although I personally never live in the moment I am aware of the present. And that time is now, which is always a present.

Where: We are currently working on a project that will make the answer to this question everywhere. This is something that hasn't been done before. Stay tuned.

Why: Man, why ChiBoys? Why this blog? The answer to both of those questions is it had to be done. ChiBoys had to be done. When I moved back to Chicago from LA there was no one doing a die hard or strictly Chicago only line. I remember the only way I could represent ChiTown back in the day was through athletic apparel. Now there are many lines out there. This is why we have to continue to stay creative and keep a meaning/story behind all of the designs and items. Why the blog? I'm not sure about this one to be honest. I'm going to see where this goes. Sometimes you wake up and something tells you to take the other way to work. You stumble upon something on this route and you think to yourself "it was written." 

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

-Daniel Burnham

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