CHICAGO FF: Artist Brett Olaf Jelinek

OI1I featured a few artists I found at Chicago’s Gold Coast Art Fair already. Another artist I spotted whose work I admire is Brett Olaf Jelinek, his photography is great.

In the words of the artist:

“Hi, I’m Brett Olaf Jelinek! I am an independent photographer using my camera to document social and political movements nationally, with a focus on the Midwest region. With years of experience in youth work, community organizing, and grassroots activism, my lens is trained to document the motion, struggles, and victories of America’s youth and working people.”

Check out artist Brett Olaf Jelinek work here – Olaf Images.

CHICAGO FF: Dave’s Records

DRCMeanwhile, for an old-school audiophile like me, there is nothing better than spending time browsing a good old fashioned record store. And there is no better record store than Chicago’s Dave’s Records.

About Dave’s Records: “The sign on the door says it all- NO CD’s!! Never had ‘em!! Never Will!! Dave’s is totally devoted to vinyl. We carry all speeds (33,45,even 78) all formats (7”, 10”, 12” single, EP , LP) all styles (rock, jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, house, disco, reggae, blues, folk, country, vocal, soundtracks, show tunes, classical, indie/alternative and every sub-genre you can imagine). If it’s on vinyl, it’s here now or it’s passed through our doors and in to someone’s crate. On any given day, there are at least 40,000 titles to choose from. Every day new titles freshen the racks. We sell both new and used. You’ll find both import and domestic new vinyl. You’ll find a wide assortment of new reissued vinyl. You’ll find out of print used vinyl that you’d thought was long gone. No matter what it is, you’re likely to find it in our bins. If you come to Chicago, check us out. If you can’t, e-mail us and we’ll try to hook you up. Not everyone has a great vinyl store within reach.”

Dave’s Records can be found at 2604 North Clark Street; Chicago, Illinois 60614.

CHICAGO FF: Elizabeth Grace stationery

EGWhen you are finished browsing for records in Chicago, you can stroll a few blocks down on North Clark and stop in the stationery shop of Elizabeth Grace. You know how I loves me a good stationery shop.

About Elizabeth Grace: “Tucked away on the first floor of a cozy graystone in Lincoln Park, Elizabeth Grace offers a sophisticated and stylish collection gifts, stationery and wonderful treats you never knew you needed! The boutique has an eclectic jewelry selection from local artists, as well as the beautiful Murano glass and artistic silver of Trollbeads. Find the perfect gift for a hostess, new baby, or something special for yourself. You can laugh at clever greeting cards while all your gifts are being expertly wrapped. We are always finding new treasures and adding wonderful things to the shop, so be sure to visit us often!”

Check out Elizabeth Grace’s Collection Gallery here.

CHICAGO FF: The Spice House

TSHOK, I like record stores and stationery shops, but I also love a good spice store. A really great spice store can be found in Chicago’s Old town neighborhood – The Spice House.

About The Spice House: “We believe that our company and every Spice House represents a way of life – a way of life which is quite old-fashioned in that the human factor is still at the center of our focus. We are now in our fifty-fifth year in business; all these years gave us time to evolve into what we are today. Our philosophy has always been to make you the freshest product by small, weekly batch grinding to ensure you the highest quality spices for your cooking needs. We import spices from countries of origin which have the highest recommendations for premium quality. Often, we offer several selections of origin so that you can sample the subtle variations and decide upon your own personal preference. The tools of our trade are a series of large stainless-steel scoops, mixing bowls, sifting screens of various mesh sizes, a small vibrating sifter, a collection of old-style stone and shearing mills, and most importantly, our human senses.”

Lucky for us who don’t live in Chicago, The Spice House has an online shop.

Learn more about The Spice House’s Old Town location here.