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Jesus J. Montero

Jesus J. Montero

Jesus J. is a freelance reporter and photographer who writes about music, events, news and investigations. A lifelong resident of the Chicago area, Jesus J. resides in Pilsen where he enjoys the local bites and drinks. Jesus J. also is involved in the different scenes in Chicago from the nonprofit space, event curation, music events and more. 

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A luxury streetwear shop in the West Loop gets a Korean-inspired remodel

A luxury streetwear shop in the West Loop gets a Korean-inspired remodel

SVRN, a multi-brand luxury retailer in the West Loop, reopened this month after a year of ideation and five months of construction, unveiling a 4,200-square-foot expansion and innovative Korean architectural design for an immersive customer experience—and to highlight the company’s Korean roots.  CEO David “Oogie” Kim, who opened SVRN (pronounced “sovereign”) in 2019, says his family's Korean heritage and story as an immigrant business owner have long been embedded into the fabric of their store and philosophy. The multi-brand luxury retailer carries accounts with Nike, Jordan and Adidas as well as the likes of Rick Owens, Marni and Issey Miyake, striking a balance between streetwear and luxury. Kim’s family has a long legacy within Chicago’s street and sneaker community having created the sneaker store Dream Town, which was a 1980s mecca for everything Chicago Bulls and the Olympic Dream Team.  The SVRN renovation highlights the family’s heritage through the materials and techniques inspired by Korean aesthetics. Kim worked with Seoul-based design studio WGNB—winner of Dezeen’s Emerging Interior Design Studio of the Year 2021—to complete the redesign, marking, the firm’s first project in North America. “Everything in the store has a purpose,” Kim says. “It’s all purposeful by the shapes, textures, the way they look—they're all just a representation of who we are and where we came from.” The new spatial layout of SVRN space was designed to create a sense of openness in the s

Check out photos from the first-ever Bulls Fest in Chicago

Check out photos from the first-ever Bulls Fest in Chicago

Bulls Fest, an inaugural two-day street festival hosted by the Chicago Bulls, drew thousands of Bulls Nation fans to the United Center over Labor Day weekend.  Chicago House and juke music played throughout the weekend in between live performances, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and family-friendly games centered around the Bulls. In true Chicago fashion, fun scrimmages turned into serious games for bragging rights. More than 100 artists displayed the impact the Bulls have made in art, community, sports and pop culture in The Art of the Game, an exhibition inside of the United Center. And following a Saturday night headlining set from Chicago-born rapper Da Brat, Chicago’s own G Herbo—a progenitor of Chicago Drill music and hip-hop heavyweight—closed off the second night of a weekend of live music and performances. Take a look through photos from the fest below and get ready for yet another basketball season still to come.   Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero Photograph: Jesus J. Montero  

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