New in Chicago: May 2015

My New in Chicago columns from May 2015 for Crain’s Chicago Business:

May 7 — Mexican wedding cookies, instant massage bookings and more. Featured businesses include Felix’s Famous Cookies, Excel Mobile Massage, Functional MobileWear, City Soles and Goose Island Beer Co.’s tasting room.

May 14 — The doctor will see you now — at home. Featured businesses include Orunje, Right Bee Cider, Pagoda Red and the William Collins Collection.

May 21 — A stylish take on “I give up” pants. Featured businesses include Public Rec’s All Day Every Day Pant, the BYO Wine Rack and Les Nereides.

May 28 — 2015: The year of the premixed cocktail business? Featured businesses include Sharaabi Spirits, Vitani, Wixter Market, Literacenter and Open Books.


Blackout Fest review and photos

Underground Bee, May 19, 2015 — Blackout Fest, an annual showcase of garage, punk and power pop music curated by Chicago’s HoZac Records, returned to the Empty Bottle May 15 and 16… See my review and photos at Underground Bee.

On Thursday, May 14 — the night before Blackout Fest began at the Empty Bottle — HoZac Records held a kickoff party at Virgin Hotel… See my photos at Underground Bee.

Photo of Avengers by Robert Loerzel


Celebrating a Century of Midland Authors

Society of Midland Authors Books Blog, May 5, 2015 — The Society of Midland Authors celebrated its 100th birthday on May 1 and 2, 2015, in Chicago… On Saturday, May 2, the Society held a free daylong event at University Center in the South Loop, featuring speeches by noted authors, panel discussions on literary topics and short readings… Read my report of the day’s events at the Society of Midland Authors Books Blog.

Photo of Steve Bogira, left, and Jonathan Eig by Robert Loerzel