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Nicole Hollander

Creator and writer of syndicated cartoon strip Sylvia, Self-Employed in Chicago

“After you retire from something you've been complaining about your whole life… you quit and then you go insane.”

In And These are Condoms… from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 36th volume Speaker Nicole Hollander gives a humorous presentation on her life, her work, and her post retirement misadventures. An American cartoonist and writer, her daily comic strip Sylvia was syndicated to newspapers nationally by Tribune Media Services.  The Village Voice has called her "The toughest woman in America."


Start With A Plan...

@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

Cynthia Stewart is a real estate broker, low-income housing specialist, and tenant organizer. She first became involved with archi-treasures as the property manager at Barbara Jean Wright Courts in Chicago.




Empowering Youth and Parents

@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

Rosita de la Rosa is a Prevention Specialist for Logan Square Neighborhood Association has been involved with archi-treasures in Logan Square. She empowers youth and parents and works on safety strategies.


Doing Good Things

@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

David Sudzus grew up in the Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood.  In this presentation he talks about hs community, spirituality and being a board member of architreasures.



@ VOL 34 ON JUN 02, 2015

Joyce Fernandes is the executive director of architreasures and a champion of art in the community.


Our Bridges Smell Like Chocolate (sometimes)

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

Annie Swank regularly makes mix-tapes.  In this PK mash-up she looks at finding the perfect love song to her hometown in a systematic, empirical way.


Drawing Builds Empathy

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

Claire Montana Jencks, the last of the pre-cellphone generation, uses drawing  instead of her digital device to collect memories.  


The Chicago House Sound

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

"The kick drum went through my chest, the bass line came up through the floor, the high hats and cymbals came fizzing from above ... when the smoke machine cleared, there were rich people, poor people, black, white, straight, gay ...and I thought, 'these are my people now, this is my music'."  

In The Chicago House Sound from PechaKucha Night Chicago Vol. 36, IDEO's Neil Stevenson went on a quest to find the roots of House Music that, during its evolution from New York to Chicago and then in its momentum across Europe, he fell in love with. Here he shares that compelling quest and his love for Chicago House, its evolution, and the legacy of Frankie Knuckles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, January 18th, 2016. 


Ben's Road Trip

@ VOL 36 ON DEC 01, 2015

As a younger man in 1980, Ben Hollis took a road trip from Los Angeles to Chciago which he immortalized on cassette tapes.  That tape accompanies his presetnation from Chicago's Volume 36. Divine intervention is involved.



“What defines luxury?” at Studio 41 with RNDD + Dornbracht, Powered by PechaKucha

Guests will enjoy appetizers and wine during the discussion. Space is limited, $35 ticket price.  To purchase tickets and to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rndd-pecha-kucha-night-at-studio-41-with-dornbracht-what-defines-luxury-tickets-25263222980?ref=estw
Tuesday, July 19th, 6:00 -8:00 P.M.
Studio 41- 225 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
The River North Design District sets forth to provide participating interior design showrooms and art galleries with a creative entrepreneurial community hosting a variety of educational forums and consumer and trade events.  The River North Design District offers a platform for community referrals while providing opportunities to increase exposure with both the A&D community and the high-end consumer.
If you’re building or remodeling a home, Studio41 invites you to visit their showroom. Offering a full selection of quality products at affordable prices: kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures, kitchen and bath cabinetry, kitchen and bath accessories, windows, doors, door hardware and cabinet hardware. Luxury brands includeDornbracht, Rohl, Toto, Duravit, Rocky Mountain, Ginger, and much, much more.  Please visit www.shopstudio41.com for more information. 
"Powered by PechaKucha" events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and that are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events. These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format." 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Peter Exley

    Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago.

  • Thorsten Bösch

    President and Co-Founder of visualizedconcepts inc. in 2003, he arrived in Chicago 1996 via Hamburg, Passau + Konstanz.

  • Sharon Exley

    Procurer of Art, Beauty & Curiosity Sharon and her team at Fun Finders, a women-owned practice bring art, beauty, curiosity and experience to homes, businesses, museums, libraries, and public entities. With Architecture Is Fun, Sharon elevates environments to sophisticated interiors and educative design™ across the US and internationally.

  • Steven Haulenbeek

    I am a Chicago based designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, experimental/process-based objects and events.

  • Michael Genge

    I'm a bike obsessed designer and master of all things wheeled.

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