Chapter 55: Chicago 

Deep-Dish Chroniceles

Deep dish pizza is a staple of Chicago cuisine. Unlike the standard “slice” praised by New Yorkers, this particular style is cooked in a deep dish pan with a surrounding fla- vorful crust brimming with cheese, meat, and fresh veggies. One can generally only eat two slices in a sitting, which definitely need to be consumed with a fork and knife—no folding and walking while you eat around here.

The delectable and gooey goodness of a Chicago-style pizza is utterly undeniable, and the hardest part is deciding which pizzeria to head to in order to get your fix. General consensus narrows your choices down to two of the tastiest contenders, Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s, who each boast their own famous cooking method and special ingre- dients. When it comes to these pizza heavyweights, the obvious and recurring question is: who has the better deep-dish pie?

Tony's Sports

From the fly guy who picked up the phone when Pee-Wee Herman called to Donda’s only son, Chi-Town natives put their best feet forward when they step out. Since the lanky junior from Dean Smith’s ball team was drafted 30 years ago, the city has had the distinct honor of being the professional home of the Jordan brand, which undeniably changed the structure of Chicago’s footwear game forever.

Behind The Bunny

Chicago is home to many of the greats, and amongst them, perhaps one of the most iconic American publications ever produced. Never had we considered a mansion full of women referred to as “bunnies” synonymous with a prestigious literary company—until Playboy. Playboy may be considered one of the world’s most significant magazines, but it certainly took some time to get there.

Dick Rosenzweig has been riding with the bunnies since 1958, becoming Executive Vice President about 15 years later. No one understands the company and its transformation over the years better than him, and that’s why we had Fool’s Gold Records’ label man- ager and Chicago native, Benjamin Jacobs, sit down with him and get all the juicy details.

Buffy City

Certain factors make Chicago’s graffiti scene unlike any other in the country. For starters, spray paint is completely illegal in Chi-Town—a ban ushered in by the City Council back in 1992. This anti- graffiti measure was enforced by vandal squads dubbed “graffiti blasters” who fanned out across the city according to tipoffs made to a buff hotline.

That year also happens to be the one when a young POSE got his first taste of the graffiti game, unknowingly embark- ing on what would become a lifelong love with a defining impact on his career. Tak- ing a quick break from his family life and current artistic endeavors, POSE sat down with our own Uncle Paulie, no stranger to the scene, to discuss coming up in Chicago, “flipping,” and the art of the buff.

Inside The Music Room

George’s Music Room was more than a place that sold records. It was a place for music to be heard, recognized, and in the hands of the right customers, seek new bounds. Since he was a young boy, George Daniels was all about music, playing saxophone, and listening to his father’s records at home. It was obvious that his appreciation for the artists’ identity and self-preservation would take him to a place that back then, only White people were allowed to discover.

Considered a pioneer in Black music specifically, Daniels changed all music. He recognized talent and listened to the customer in a way that was almost considered intimidating. He understood that to survive as a record store retailer, he had to be smart and consider his merchandise as if each record was a living soul. To sell the record was to sell the artist.

John Monopoly

John Monopoly is a living legend and the absolute definition of success. He’s guided the careers of a number of Chicago artists including Carl Thomas, Kanye West, and King Louie. I recently sat down with this elusive icon to discuss the culture of Chicago and the future of its artists.

Staff & Contributors

Founder Stephen Malbon
Managing Editor Marisa Aveling
Art Director Asa Turner
Cover Art Reg Noc AKA Reggieknow Jolly
Associate Editors Tabatha “Dabatha” McGurr, George Leonidou, Lily Waronker
Designers Michael Carvajal, Rosco Flevo, TJ Mariano, POSE MSK
Director of Creative Services Jamie Story
Project Manager Caitlin Levison Collins
Strategy Agnes Szumski
Publishing Manager Paul "Uncle Paulie" James
Web Manager Shana Pilewski
Video Producer Nick Dunlap
Video Editor Ben Boas
US/Japan Ambassador Daisuke Shiromoto
Far East Operations Directors Lyntaro Wajima

Contributors Christian Alexander, Wills Glasspiegel, Jim Litke, Charne Graham, Sang Yi, Benjamin Jacobs, Peeda Pan, The Kid Mero, Elissa Stolman, Alex Wong, Jordan Lebeau, Wills Glasspiegel, Hebru Brantley, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Rahmaan “Statik” Barnes, Brandon Breaux, Dee Cosey, Gerald Forster, Connor Johnson, Kartemquin Films, Yung Lenox, TJ Mariano, Victor Parris Mitchell, John Monopoly, Jeffrey Moustache, Dexter Navy, Alex Nojima, Hitoshi Nojima, POSE MSK, Jacob Pramuk, Regnoc, Elise Swopes, Tony’s Sports, Trashhand, Anthony Williams, Nemo Librizzi, Adam Pasulka, Dimitar Tantchev, Virgil Abloh, Exclusive 773, Nick Daughtry, Hannah Barth
Executive Director, Business Operations Dan Tochterman
Executive Director, Advertising Paul Estevez
Marketing Manager Asa Turner
Public Relations Sydney Reising, Stephanie Gotch
Distribution & Retail Paloma Elsesser
Fashion & Merchandise Director Erica Malbon
Finance & Accounting Nauman Khan, Melissa Quintana

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