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“You're walking down a long corridor and at times it’s lit; you can see your steps and you know where you're going and everything makes sense. And then boom! The lights go off and you don’t know where you are or what you're doing. ”

In Living in idk [I Don't Know] from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 35th Volume, Presenter  Lissette Martinez discusses living life in limbo. As an aspiring museum educator, Lissette is a grad student in the Master’s of Art Education program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a talented stick-figure artist.

“You're gonna find out once and for all, which is the most brilliant PechaKucha City, and it's either Chicago or New York."

Come one, come all to the smackdown event of the evening; Windy City VS the Big Apple.  On the left we have Peter Exley representing Chicago weighing in at 37 PKN volumes.  On the right we have Emma Exley representing New York weighing in at 8 PKN volumes. Let the mach begin!

Brought to you by PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th Volume.


“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."

What the Hell is Alt. Country?

“I went to this summer camp in this area of southern Illinois… I signed up for two weeks. Everyone else seemed to sign up for one week so there was one point for like a week long I was there I was alone with all the counselors I started singing the canoe song… and they were like ‘oh my god, he's a buffet head! We're going to take him out for burgers and beer’.”

In What the hell is Alt Country from PechaKucha Night Chicago’s 36th Volume speaker Michael Genge discusses music that has gotten him by. In addition, he admits the roots of his life long passion for Chicago, Woodie Guthrie, Uncle Tupelo, WXRT radio and Wilco.  Here's his love song to those great musical institutions.


“Obviously, living in a wheelchair is a challenge but is a normal life for many. Wheelchair living requires constant mapping out of acceptable routes and services –like bathrooms– and destinations –like restaurants.”

In My New Everyday Life Speaker Nora Ames reprises her standing ovation presentation from the Chicago Architecture Biennial at PechaKucha Chicago’s 36th Volume.  

Nora used to enjoy runs by Lake Michigan, running by herself or with coworkers and friends. 13 months ago she had a medical condition taking her out of the workplace and changing her perspective forever. In this presentation the effect of design on accessibility is discussed.



"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 week's PechaKucha People spotlight deservedly lands on Peter Exley who, in addition to being recognised as an internationally acclaimed architect, as well as an adjunct professor the Art Institute of Chicago, known also for his highly eclectic sense of style, he has lead the fireball-spirited PechaKucha Night series in Chicago. Check out some of his amazing PechaKuchas and be dazzled by what kind of creativity is coming out of Chicago's PKN




"I'm never going to achieve a lot of these lovely things that we have just been looking at, but the family knows I'm gong to keep on trying. I'm still working and I'm 70 next week. I'm going to carry on my prophecy that 'architects don't retire, we just fall down one day.'"

In Memoirs of a Dinosaur from PechaKucha Chicago Vol. 14, British architect John Exley, father of notorious PechaKucha Chicago veteran organizer and fellow architect Peter Exley, and grandfather of PechaKucha Brooklyn super-pro organizer Emma Exley, shares some wisdom (and charm) gained from practicing 50+ years of architecture. During this visit to Chicago he highlight his love of shaping spaces, while enlightening the locals on beer, Rome, Frank Lloyd Wright, Leeds United, ...and his ornery (and brilliant) progeny. 

An oldie ...but goodie. 

Waving GoodBye Again





"I had a new clarity of how midwestern I was, and what the midwest looked like. I got really excited about something that had seemed very ordinary to me."

In Waving Goodbye from United States Artists Assembly in Chicago, artist Deanna Dikeman guides us through her photography, billboard and poster projects. Her unassuming work, while humble is rife with intention and artful curiosity, relatable and resonating. Based in the Midwest, she explores the themes of family, childhood memories, dance, fashion, lost and found, life and death.

This post is back by popular demand. It was "Presenation of the Day" on September 7th and again October 13th. 




"I had a new clarity of how midwestern I was, and what the midwest looked like. I got really excited about something that had seemed very ordinary to me."

In Waving Goodbye from United States Artists Assembly in Chicago, artist Deanna Dikeman guides us through her photography, billboard and poster projects. Her unassuming work, while humble is rife with intention and artful curiosity, relatable and resonating. Based in the Midwest, she explores the themes of family, childhood memories, dance, fashion, lost and found, life and death.

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