Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dose of Medicine or Dose of Fashion and Food?

As I continue on with my Chicagoan Series of the coolest, and perhaps slightly below-radar happenings, places, and publications; my timing could not be better in introducing, Dose Market.

Dose Market is a monthly food and fashion market located inside the River East Art Center in downtown Chicago. Every month, businesses are chosen with a selective eye to participate. Dose Market was founded by April Francis, a stylist who lives here in Chicago. Initially, the concept was strictly fashion, but then, by a  helpful suggestion from a few friends, food was quickly incorporated. April, along with her three co-founders launched Dose Market in June of last year, and by the looks of it, are having tremendous success.

I had the privilege of making it out to this month’s dose on March 11th, and I was blown away. All I kept thinking as I wandered the isles of this “farmers market” for fashion and food was; innovation. Every single vendor had a unique vision, and everything was present from handmade jewelry to refurbished stereo systems created out of vintage luggage, and beverages of all kinds, to breakfast and cheese. I had a chance to speak to several vendors that day, and everyone was open, and excited about their product. It made me happy to see people have a chance to come together, share their vision, and support local and independent business all at the same time. I’m so glad I got dosed!

Dose Market happens once a month at the River East Art Center Located at 435 East Illinois Street, Chicago Illinois. To be sure you get your dose of the next, Dose Market, visit

This months dosers’ include:

Plus many, many more…

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Whistler Style Chicago

So you know how a few weeks ago I gave tribute to Chicago, I paid special attention to the Chicago Reader, well today I am honoring the Whistler.

Tucked somewhat like a speakeasy just north of Fullerton on Milwaukee is the Whistler. I would not doubt that most of its patronage is solely thanks to word of mouth, if you didn’t know it was there, you would miss it. There is no sign of any kind, no neon, nothing painted, except of course the tiny white letters barely visible on the glass, front door.

Once you walk in, there are tables lining the wall to your right, and just behind you to your left, is a stage completely enclosed with no view of the street outside. The lighting is of a bluish red and resembles something out of a David Lynch film. The bar is kitty corner to the front door. The Whistler has some sort of musical entertainment every night of the week, and offers a plethora of genres, but what most people come the the Whistler for, are the cocktails. Old fashioned cocktails, that are made only by one man, and with ingredients so precise he uses a jigger, and tastes every one before its delivery, and if its not just right, he starts all over again. And these old-time concoctions are always changing.

Some popular ingredients used at the Whistler are green chartreuse, mezcal, angostura (which is in the bitters family), egg white, honey, jalapeño, cilantro, habanero, along with all the gins, brandies, bourbons, vodkas, tequilas, whiskeys and so on.

The Whistler is a real treat, it is nice to go and have a real cocktail, something you don’t have everyday and any given bar in town, and be able to say with dignity, that they just don’t make them like they used to.

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