CHICAGO Posts


Want to know what it's like to attend a PechaKucha Night in Chicago? A good place to start is this fantastic event report by Andreea Ciulac, following her attendance at the city's Vol. 33, held earlier this month.

There’s a moment in the beginning of a PechaKucha Night when you wonder if you mistakenly end up at the wrong show. It happens quite often actually, because for a first-timer, it looks a lot like a TED Talk. But comparing the two would be like explaining the differences between a red velvet cupcake and a cake pop. While equally delicious, they're nothing alike. On many levels though, PechaKucha (the Japanese word for “chatter”) steals the show.

Read the full report here.

"Every Tuesday I get 10 cartoons together to send to the most demanding outlet that there is: The New Yorker."

Each week Ken Krimstein agonises over his drawing board in the quest to please the most gruelling editor in the history of publishing - the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine. In “Climbing Everest” from PKN Chicago Vol. 33, see how Ken draws parallels between his week and reaching the world’s tallest peak.

“He sucked a sad poem right out of America, and onto film.”

Writer/Producer J.A. Ginsburg speaks about the iconic Photographer Mickey Pallas, and the magic of photography. In “Mickey Pallas - Photographer” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, she discusses Pallas’ photographic style, and the historic events he captured through his lens.

There are always a lot of great new PechaKucha Night posters to check out on our PKN Poster Tumblr, the latest of which comes to us from Chicago (view the full poster here), for this week's Vol. 33. Top o' the world!

“Where does nature end and building begin?”

Writer and architect Ed Keegan tells us just why Chicago architecture is so weird. In “Forever Weird, and Not So Clear” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32, Ed delves into the history behind Chicago’s architectural oddities and ultimately concludes these unique spaces are a good thing.

Creativity is a place you and your child should go. 

Sharon Exley presents the top 10 ways to nurture creativity, challenge, adventure, and more in children. In “Nurturing Your Child’s Creativity” from PKN Chicago Vol. 32 she shows us that apples don't fall far from trees (via her own brave and artful explorer, Emma).

City Focus: Chicago


For our City Focus this week, we return to one of our more vibrant -- and veteran -- series, and that's the one in Chicago, with the latest batch of presentations published coming from last month's Vol. 32.

This is a Christmas card list you wish you could be on.

Since Sam Mechling’s second birthday, his parents have had such high hopes for him. In “Making His Parents Proud” from PKN Chicago Vol. 30, we see that he perhaps doesn’t turn out quite in the way they had expected.

“This is about the fuck-ups you make when you’re looking for work.” Be wary of brown m&ms.

Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference Mare Swallow does a lot of hiring.

In “Brown M&Ms” from PKN Chicago Vol. 30, Mare tells us of the clever techniques she utilises to weed out “f**k-ups” prior to the interview process.

“There are 800 million people who lack access to water, and 2.5 billion without a toilet.”

Shilpa Alva co-founded and directs Surge: an organisation focused on bringing safe water and sanitation to those in need. In “Providing Safe Water” from PKN Chicago Vol. 30 Shilpa speaks on the creation of Surge, the plight of those without clean water or plumbing, and how she and her colleagues are enacting positive change.

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