Yelp Chicago Local Art Mission: Take one, 15-exposure, disposable camera. Capture the brightest/most authentic places, spaces and faces in your neighborhood, then return. Let the magic happen…
And magic, it was. On Thursday June 19, 2008 the Chicago Yelp Elite Squad gathered at the beautiful West Loop Studio for an evening of bellinis with Korbel champagne, delicious appetizers by Limelight Catering and yelper-inspired and produced “art.” Yelp paired with artist collective Otonohana to assemble over 1000 photos, taken by over 55 yelpers across more than 30 Chicago (and suburban) neighborhoods and displayed them in the pristine lofted space. The result? Chicago Yelp’s first ever Local Art Show!
Local artist Booker Youngblutt created a piece of original art during the show, which was raffled off at the end of the evening to the lucky Kellie K. A pair of GenArts Film Fest tickets went to Yelp’s favorite Astronomer, Astronomer Joe and a wine tasting tour in SW Michigan courtesy of LocoWine Tours went to the excited Jennifer S.
The installation gave a small peek into the passion Chicago yelpers hold for their neighborhoods. Highlights included Colleen S‘s “Drunken Wrigleyville” theme and Erica A‘s striking photos detailing Pilsen murals. Yelpers even enjoyed professional portrait photography by Steve Ewert and Jamie Kelter of West Loop Studio, complete with fancy hats!
Many thanks to all of the yelpers that took photos, Otonohana for their hard work in making those babies shine, Jamie K and owner Steve of West Loop Studio, Limelight Catering, Korbel Champagne, Beth P, Ryan S and Gabi K from Phoenix Yelp for helping out and Booker Youngblutt for making Yelp’s first Local Art Show an evening to remember…
Until we meet again, SYOY!
Chicago Yelp Community Manager