Valfré: Artist Spotlight

I need to give a shout out to the talent at Valfré. Hey girl, hey! Love you!

Valfré is an LA based label that was founded by artist Ilse Valfré.

Bold and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek, Valfré has quickly become a global source for the creative and wild-at-heart.

Her art has evolved into an entire collection of unique and adorable cell phone cases, journals, clothing, jewelry & more

Keep up with Valfré on Instagram and Facebook.

ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
iPhone Cases, ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram
Man Tamer Choker in Pink, ilse Valfré (@valfre) • Instagram


Spotlight: Dre Green, Only One

Listen up! Chicago, this babe is in your backyard…

This week, Dre Green released her debut EP, Only One. Dreamy vocals blended with poppy, r&b beats, reverberating whispers, eerie growls…she even raps a little in “Guarded.” There’s so much going on in the album and it’s all just so great.

Photo by Scott Kaplan

Her mesmerizing voice paired with kick-ass production work from fellow Chicagoans Jeremiah Meece (Lo-motion, The-Drum), The GTW and Supreme Cuts… it’s everything right now.

The track “Neymar Night” is one of my favorites, sexy and smooth, with the perfect input of voice quips, “Really? OK.” …and that G-major trail of at the end, totally seals the deal.

Stream and download the album on Bandcamp.

You can catch Dre Green performing a DJ Set this coming Monday, Aug. 25 at The Burlington Bar, 10pm. 


No longer just the Birthday Sex singer, Jeremih has spent the last several years releasing inventive R&B that’s eluded mainstream radio waves. Noisey calls his 2012 mixtape Late Nights with Jeremih is one of the hands-down classics of contemporary R&B, and his work with LA producer Shlohmo has already yielded memorable jams like “Bo Peep” and “No More.”


Shlohmo has been steady producing ethereal gems, Banks’ Brain for example–one of our favorites. The guy knows what he’s doing.

Now the duo’s long-promised EP, No More, is here, featuring those two songs, an extended cut of Late Nights standout “Fuck You All the Time,” and three new ones, including a song with Jeremih’s Chicago peer in leftfield pop stardom, Chance the Rapper

Released yesterday in the spirit of celebration on Jeremih’s birthday, the No More EP is available for free download here. Grab it and enjoy.

Listen: Jeremih and Shlohmo, No More


Chicago Summer is Official

Tomorrow marks the official start of Summer 2014. To us in Chicago, the weather has already climbed to over 90 degrees a few times this season… perfect weather for the many outdoor festivals and events that are set to occur in the city.

Patios are open and beaches are already buzzing with locals and tourists enjoying all that our city has to offer.

Here are our picks for spots to hit up tomorrow in celebration of Summer’s arrival…


Oak Street Beach – Lake Michigan is almost warm enough to swim in, and the sand volleyball courts are fresh. Sit outside and enjoy drinks with friends at the newly renovated bar and grill along Lake Shore Drive. They are open until about 10pm on any given day.

A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.
A loaded bloody mary from The Twisted Spoke.

The Twisted Spoke – Looking for a rooftop to spend your day on? The Twisted Spoke in River North is your answer, with great food and drink specials. An edgy bar and brunch spot full of unexpected menu items and some of the best bloody mary’s on the planet! With veggies, deli meat and a beer side car, the bloody mary’s here could almost be a meal on their own.

A plate of tacos from Big And Little's Chicago Restaurant.
A plate of tacos from Big And Little’s Chicago Restaurant.

Big And Little’s – This newly-opened restaurant in Lakeview has a menu full of easy to eat and inexpensive items. Try out a few of the handcrafted tacos or a uniquely flavored burger. The newest location is on Belmont, near the red line stop. Complete with an outdoor seating area and a BYOB drinking policy, you never know what to expect–other than a happily full stomach.

Other Notable Locations include the Northern Hollywood Beach, if you’re looking for less-crowded day at the beach; Millennium Park, a go-to for tourists with a water feature to cool you off; Navy Pier, another tourist hotspot with a ferris wheel for great views; Museum Campus, even if you’re not planning on spending your money to sightsee indoors at the Chicago Museums, there are still plenty of sights to see on the lawn of the buildings- a great spot for people watching or sketching.

No matter what you choose to do with yourself, enjoy the first day of summer! Chicago has a lot to offer for all walks of life.



Chicago Street Cleaning Begins Today

FINALLY this winter is over… Chicago street sweeping starts today, so pay attention to street signs in order to keep your hard-earned cash.

After a brutal winter, Streets and Sanitation has launched an aggressive spring cleaning plan effective starting this week.

Crews will pick up litter and other objects along curb lanes while street sweeping trucks scour the main thoroughfares.

To ensure that the street is cleaned curb-to-curb, temporary parking restrictions are posted the day before the work is scheduled to begin on any street, a city news release said.

Some arterial streets have permanently posted signs that specify a once-per-week period when parking is prohibited for street sweeping.

To find out when your neighborhood is up for cleaning, check with your local ward sanitation office. Street sweeping requests can be made by calling or texting 3-1-1.

The WARE team is looking forward to the much-needed spring cleaning… now let’s work on these potholes.


The fine for parking in the way during a street sweeping is a minimum $50 ticket.
The fine for parking in the way during a street sweeping is a minimum $50 ticket.

Both temporary and permanent are in place throughout the city, these cleanings are scheduled to occur at weekly intervals- keep an eye out!


Warpaint in Chicago- This Week

LA-based Warpaint will be at Chicago’s Metro this Friday, March 28 with Britsh transplant, Cate Le Bon.

The girls have been on our favorites list since they first started making music in 2004. Hard to believe it has been 4 years since they’ve last been to the city, in 2010 with Zola Jesus and The XX at the Chicago Theater.

Chicago will be the fourth stop on Warpaint and Cate Le Bon’s International Spring/Summer Tour, as they make their way through the U.S. and Europe.

We LITERALLY can’t wait for Friday.

Warpaint & Cate Le Bon // Metro Chicago, IL // Friday, March 28, 9PM

Here’s a video of the girls performing the first single from their most recent album- Love Is To Die on the album WARPAINT.

Pastoral Artisan

 Ideal for:

A quick sandwich pick-up.


Half boutique, half cafe. Lined with shelves displaying a selection of wines, spreads, pickled items and olives, this small shop resides on Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Adjacent to the full dine-in restaurant, the one-stop shop is a cozy option that churns out delicious sandwiches to-go.

They also prepare varying pastas and breads daily and have cheeses and deli meat for sale. Stop by for lunch or to grab a unique, Artisan gift for the foodie in your life.

While you wait for your sandwich order, stop by the olive bar for samples of the latest stock.

Our Menu Picks:

The Sinfully Healthy sandwich: Roasted local turkey, Fromager D’Affinois, mango chutney, whole grain Dijon mustard and field greens on sliced wheat bread. $7.53

Green Bean and Kalamata Salad:
Green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives, and fresh thyme all tossed together in our red wine vinaigrette.
Quarter-pound $2.99, or $8.99/lb.


Bar Pastoral: 2947 N Broadway
, Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 472-4781

Lakeview: 2945 N. Broadway
, Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 472-4781

53 E. Lake, 
Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 658-1250

Chicago French Market: 131 N. Clinton St., 
Chicago, IL 60661

(312) 454-2200

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