October 1, 2013 |
Love national parks? Panda cams? What about space exploration? Of course you do! With your generous support, you can help preserve all of it! The same people who brought you such monumental advances as the Bill of Rights, Social Security and Hawaii need your help. For the past 250ish years, we've had a pretty good run here, but we've fallen on difficult times. With the government being shut down, we're looking to alternative means to keep our services running while Congress refuses to pay the bills.
August 20, 2013 |
Ryan Goldman's dream was to find a way to Burning Man, the annual art festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. But with a job in retail and a recent move to Chicago behind him, money was tight. His solution? Ask people for cash online. "Honestly, if I saw someone that posted [a campaign like mine], I would say, 'Why would I give you money for that?' " said Goldman, 23, of Lakeview. "Why just give someone money?" But people do. Goldman raised just short of $100 - about $400 less than his goal - mostly from friends and family, in a...
August 14, 2013 |
Craig McRae not only wants you to have a beer in the shower, he wants to make it easier. The 27-year-old Lakeview resident and his longtime friend and business partner Craig Conant fondly remember their days as college dorm mates, when they would grab a brew and hit the showers before a night out. But the problem of soap, suds and water mixing in with their drinks of choice always remained. Five years after graduating, they're hoping to fund their solution, Sudsy. “The idea sort of came out of our own experiences,” McRae...
August 1, 2013 |
When he builds it, geeks will come. That's at least what David Zoltan hopes for Geek Bar, a project that was successfully funded on Kickstarter in less than 24 hours July 23 . With more than $20,000 raised in addition to private funding, Zoltan said his goal of building the geekiest bar in Chicago is even closer to reality. “The best bars in the world are focused around a community of some kind,” he said. “We are going to celebrate geekdom in all of its forms.” That means Dungeons and Dragons, "Star Trek" on the TVs, video...
June 21, 2013 |
The heroes of the Old West had plenty to contend with, whether it was death by six-shooter; at the end of the hangman's rope; or dysentery on the Oregon trail. In the case of the Western Comic Book, death can come from the indifference of a market that is focused on the exploits of the "spandex set" AKA superheroes. Still, there are comic book creators with a passion for the classic genre, who want to tell stories that take us back to the time when the law was defined by men wearing tin badges and quick-draw holsters.
June 3, 2013 |
Logan Square's Cafe Mustache is growing fast. The popular neighborhood coffee shop known for weekly concerts and vegan-friendly lunch options recently launched a Kickstarter to expand the cafe's current space. Owners Kerry Couch, Ralph Darski and James Stieglitz had talked about wanting to expand, so when a neighboring salon vacated their space, they decided to take over the lease and turned to Kickstarter to help fund the expansion. The cafe hosts live music shows four days a week in a small space that has room for only a few tables.