English Charm at the Deer Path Inn on Chicago’s North Shore

A destination demonstrating the masterful touches of inn-keeping

The Deer Path Inn—located in Lake Forest, Illinois—is under an hour’s drive from the Chicago International Airport, yet feels like it could be in England. The building has been around since the 1920s, but it wasn’t until 2016, when the hotel received an extensive renovation, that the inn made it back to its British roots. During the renovation, innkeeper Matt Barba and his executive chef …

Oak & Oscar’s The Jackson Flyback Chronograph Wristwatches

A hand-wound piece of exceptional merit from the Chicago-based brand

In the watch world, brands like Oak & Oscar make it easy to be excited about boutique horological designers. Their latest piece, The Jackson, represents both ambition and cohesion. This limited edition 40mm flyback chronograph carries plenty of technical complications—many of which pose big challenges for smaller watchmakers. This was alluring to the brand’s founder Chase Fancher. But beyond the chrono function, stacked hands and …

1970s Chicago Gangster Business Cards

After finding a business card for a gangster among his father’s keepsakes, Brandon Johnson did some research and found that it was quite common in the 1970s and ’80s in Chicago—when “street gangs made business cards displaying their symbols, nicknames, territories, and enemies.” With basic but somehow charming deigns, these cards are the subject of Johnson’s book, “Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards …

Fernet-Branca + Forbidden Root’s “Fernetic” Beer

A limited-edition release deconstructing the herbs from the Italian digestif's family recipe

As breweries have grown more exploratory, many curious products have hit the shelves in recent years—some poor, some excellent and the bulk somewhere in-between. With the announcement of Fernetic, however, one can’t help but be excited. Here, Chicago’s first-ever botanic brewery and restaurant, Forbidden Root, partnered with the classic Italian digestif brand Fernet-Branca. Forbidden Root deconstructed the historic amaro recipe—digging into its 27 botanicals—and created …

Bucketfeet + Jason Peterson’s Photo-Inspired Shoe Collection

An artist-driven collaboration where imagery and materials both matter

Thanks to Instagram, photographer Jason Peterson has amassed quite the following—which, unsurprisingly, has successfully transitioned into real life. In partnering with socially-minded sneaker brand Bucketfeet, his artistic vision has taken on new life in the form of a unisex, three-shoe capsule dubbed The Jason Peterson Collection. Peterson didn’t just lend visuals to the collection, he also had a say in materials and they more than …