Black Love Procession
After artist Cauleen Smith was ejected from a Bronzeville art gallery for criticizing the inflammatory content of an installation that included a hyperrealistic sculpture of a deceased Michael Brown made by a white artist, she turned to friends and collaborators to organize a public response. Recognizing the need to replace systemic hate with unbounded love, Smith and about twenty other artists conducted a half-mile “Black Love Procession” from the offices of the Chicago Defender to the front door of Gallery Guichard, the offending gallery. The paraders passed out flowers, candy and ice cream to spectators, some of whom joined the celebration of love.
Best of Chicago 2015
35th/Bronzeville/IIT, Green Line
This city has a number of memorable El stops, like the Blue Line’s Damen station, with its fascinating view of Wicker Park’s buzzing North/Damen/Milwaukee crotch and the Red Line’s sparkling-clean, Apple-sponsored North/Clybourn stop, complete with a sleek new seating plaza. But we love the Green Line’s 35th/Bronzeville/IIT station for two reasons. Just north, trains zoom through a super-cool, 530-foot stainless steel tube above the Rem Koolhaas-designed McCormick Tribune Campus Center. And while the Sox/35th Red Line stop is a madhouse after baseball games, CTA blackbelts know you can skip the crowds by strolling two blocks east to the nearly empty Green Line station.
South State and East 35th
Belmont Station (Red, Brown and Purple Lines)
Best audience comments: “The one that’s clean, safe, structurally sound, and doesn’t smell like feet—I forgot the name”; “The Lakes in the Loop (Clark & State): because where else can you head NSWE from the same station?”
Best of Chicago 2011
Jeff Carter at Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall, IIT
Jeff Carter’s sculptures of buildings, assembled from IKEA parts, played with the famous dictum “form follows function,” which influenced a score of Chicago architects. The sculptures were perfectly sited in Mies’ Modernist temple of Crown Hall.
Best of Chicago 2011