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Thought-Provokers: North Side

Chicago has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the North Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Scott Gustafson

I grew up in a small town in northern Illinois, and came to Chicago to attend the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and later, Columbia College. Originally, I had aspirations of becoming an animator, but as things unfolded, I realized my temperament and abilities were better suited to illustration. Read more>>

Adamm Photography Story

While at the University of Illinois, I studied International Relations and Linguistics, which is why I speak nine languages. However, nearly all of my free time was spent honing my photography skills through photography clubs, meet-ups, help from my mentor and test shoots with local models and actors. Read more>>

Yako Brugger

I stayed most of my life in the south west of France in a small medieval village named Mirepoix with my father who is himself a jeweler. I helped him since I was a young boy around the workshop, that is where I learned the fundamentals of metalsmithing. I recently moved to Chicago where I’m continuing my metalsmithing journey! Read more>>

Julianne Q & The Howl

Drawing on our roots in classic rock and blues we have found within ourselves the primal, raw ecstasy of rock shows from a time gone by. Screaming vocals. Shredding guitar riffs. Raw emotional energy drives the evocative imagery in our lyrics. Julianne Q and The Band could no longer contain this energy. Read more>>

Scott Gryder

After staring my puppet business TSGpuppetry, I joined the cast of the national children’s television show “Green Screen Adventures,” winning three National Daytime Emmy Awards for Makeup. Most recently, I was seen in Lyric Opera’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Magik Theater’s “Madagascar – A Musical Adventure” in San Antonio. Read more>>

Thais Fry

My love for photography started as a child. I have vivid memories of my parents documenting our family vacation or any special or ordinary functions in our daily lives. Being a child from the ’80s, there was always an excitement to see the photos revealed after picking them up in the film store. Read more>>

Steven Cushner

I have been a working painter for close to 50 years. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and my oldest friend is Stan Klein, founder, and director of Firecat Projects. Stan and I have had parallel careers – we both went off to art school, we have worked as art handlers, museum and gallery preparators, framers, teachers, curators, writers, speakers, and performers. Read more>>

Rebecca Gould

I’ve now started teaching classes which have made me learn even more about this world! Over the last five years, my life has changed so much. I am so happy that I’m able to share my craft with my oldest daughter as well. She has become my assistant and it means so much to me that she has seen me build this business with my own hands. Read more>>

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