“The Wabash Lights,” rendered above, is about to change the way we see Wabash Ave. and hopefully on a greater scale: the Chicago Loop. Local designers Jack Newell and Seth Unger envision an LED lit El Track, underneath the actual tracks to be experienced by the pedestrians and automobiles below. The lights themselves will be controlled by the user through an app that can change the colors, settings, and patterns.
And this isn’t all talk. The Wabash Lights just surpassed its $55,000 Kickstarter goal this week and a beta version for one block of tracks between Adams and Monroe will be implemented this September, according to the Chicago Tribune.
I just caught wind of the project today on CityLab so while it’s too late to donate, we can still get excited about the possibility and support the project this fall. Additional funding is estimated to be $5 million for a 5 year period and will be acquired through private and corporate investors. I’m sure the response to the beta will be strong enough to attract that and achieve the designers vision to “bridge the gap between Michigan and State.”
Watch their Kickstarter video below for more on the project, including just how cool these LED lights are.
With a rocky second day, Pitchfork redeems themselves from the crazy weather and ends the show with Chance The Rapper.
Even from the heavy rain the day prior, Chance’s presence was known throughout the entire festival. Whether anyone liked it or not, the rapper was literally was everywhere but nowhere at the same time. From his recent beer collaboration with Goose Island (drank like 3 of them and it was wild with every turn) and his recent album collaboration withLil B, the Chicago native was very much on everyone’s minds.
Chance strives to make festival history:
Starting the show with dancers and an array of colorful projections, Chance surprises the crowd with visuals after visuals and throwbacks from Acid Rap to Surf, his latest project. Not one to stand around, Chance utilizes the stage and entertains us with some heavy vocal skills and impresses us with some semi choreographed moves. With help from Donnie Trumpet and Kirk Franklin, Chance takes us on what seems like his last journey with Chicago. From continuously showing homage to not only his family, spiritual leaders, SoX, and even the bucket boys of our city (you know the kids who bang on buckets in Downtown), it was a historic night as the festival lights dim out completely. Whether this show was an official good-bye to his city, Chicago is proud and always ready to open their arms as he dives into bigger and better projects. Best of luck from Gowhere!
What a rainy day here in Chicago. With humid weather and heavy rain pouring, the festival shuts down due to severe storms. You would think all vibes would be off as Pitchfork Music Festival commences. Nah. Excitement continues to roll as day two rolls out with A$AP FergandVic Mensa all breaking ground on the Blue Stage.
Still suited in designer garbs aka a expensive as black tee, Ferg shrugs off the heavy rain and debuts new tunes worthy of fuccboi drool. Even with mudd flying from all corners of the stage, Ferg shows off his freestyle skills. Rapping over summer hits like “Push It” and spinning his own version of Rocky’s “Work” verse, Ferg brings it back by closing it off with “Shabba” and an ode to the late A$AP Yams. As the crowd continuously chants for the late Yams the show slowly comes to a close.
Always showing love to his city and crew, Mensa in typical fashion shows out with his crew. Towkio tossed up a few songs as the crowd waited for Mensa and showed everyone why Mensa isn’t the only Savemoney member to hold their own. As Mensa enters the stage dressed in a fit decked with the words “Kill The Poor,” he gives us some of his famous bangers. From “Wimme Nah” to his recent “U Mad,” this young superstar continously shows the city why he is THE next big thing.
Oh what up sunny ass Chicago? Thanks for coming through as Pitchfork 2015 opens their gates once more. A beautiful day at Union Park, I was a woman on a mission. Get lit with ILoveMakonnen.With a little over 10 mins to soak in the ambiance I headed towards the Green Stage to find not only a packed stage but an outrageous influx of homies 5’7 and above rocking visors. Shout out upper body strength for guiding me through the crowds!
ILoveMakonnen, the Super Chef of the hour came through with the wrist action as he debuted new tunes and collab favorites like “Nokia” and “Look At Wrist”. Although the crowd was relatively tame, Makonnen still kept the new music and the energy going, amping the crowd with more sweaty wrist action.
Near the middle of the set, Makonnen Facetimes his Mom (aw!) and dedicates the next few tracks in her honor. Dang! And some of us can’t even make our mamas a proper birthday card. Overall Makonnen’s set was nothing short of what I expected. For a dude who is lax as hell, his music set was a good taste to all the other artists set to perform.
Stay tune for more Pitchfork recaps and commentary!
Fact – Chicagoans always give back their city. This statement is true as Chicago rapper Chance the Rapper announces a new free festival Teens in the Park dedicated to Chicago youth. Held at Chicago’s Northerly Island, the festival will feature performances from Donnie Trumpet, frequent collaborator and right hand man for Surf, notorious Chicago emcee DLow, and Donda’s House, Kanye West’s non-profit. Event is open only to those aged 13-24 with the exception of adults accompanying teens.
Thalia Hall had a huge mission as over 200 people lined up outside for “The Most Wicked Party”. Curated by Redd’s Wicked Apple and AFROPUNK, every designer, writer, music head, and foodie (yeah, they turn up too) backed up the streets of Pilsen to get in on the action. With nothing more than a simple RSVP it was a mad house as people scrambled the doors at 8 pm. Myself included cause you know, Chicago people run on that late late time.
Starting off the pre show wasHebru Brantley and Max Sansing whose live paintings set an unusually calm contrast to that of the hyped DJ’s. Cause let’s face it, how many times in one’s life can one shake their butt cheeks to OG Maco’s “U Guessed It” and still have art literally being created before their eyes? Yeah, zero. Nevertheless, the twerk and paint brush ambiance was definitely the vibe as the show geared up to introduce Chicago’s very own, Holt.
No stranger to the city, Holt and his guitarists pushed out some fire tunes as the crowd slowly got tipsy off the Mango and Apple beers. With his ode to history making artists (The Clash, Misfits, Sex Pistols, etc), Holt jams out with the crowd as he sings and entertains us with brief sentiments about love, crazy hoes, and living up to one’s dream. Cause let’s face it, isn’t that the daily struggle for anyone our age? The cars, clothes, hoes…I suppose *insert deep thinking Drake gif*
Another Chicago native was comedian Hannibal Buress who took the stage after Holt. A tough act to follow, Buress got his joke bars up as he talked about morning wood, rappers, and his anti-selfie rules with police officers. What should have been a 40 minute set, Buress left the stage after 15 mins. WHAT? But we wanted more dick jokes! All well. An odd line up as it was, I felt Buress should have hosted the event instead of headlined. Nevertheless, the show went on as the crowd backed their asses up in anticipation of Danny Brown.
What I believe is Danny Brown‘s second time at Thalia Hall, if memory serves me right his last appearance left him with a pretty ugly stage dive (I think he got elbowed in the face? Correct me if I’m wrong). This time Danny Brown played it safe as he closed out the show. Rocking a typical black attire and flexing his new grills (diamonds from my angle), Danny didn’t disappoint as he pumped out personal favorites like “25 Bucks” and “Dip”. Also to Danny Brown’s DJ Raymond Noodles, shout out to you for dropping your whole ass laptop. You still got everyone going, it ain’t even an issue.
Thanks again AFROPUNK and Redd’s Wicked, Thursday was the turn up for Chicago!
The 26-year-old emcee uses music to tell stories about the good and bad of Chicago as well as his own inner struggles. Growing up in a single parent household, he can relate to many of those who share the experience as him. Luckily, he has his music to keep him sane. He puts his passion into writing, education and music – a true role model in the Chicago area.
When Trudell isn’t in the booth, he’s in the classroom teaching students and opening their eyes to how important education is.
The mixtape, with already 100,000 downloads, gives listeners a chance to close their eyes and imagine what Trudell feels inside. Touching on many personal topics, you will at least relate to one (or more than one) song off of ‘Focused On The Sky.’
Listen to his entire mixtape here. You won’t be disappointed. What are you waiting for? Press play and enjoy some real Chicago music.