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moss’ newest brewery project, Begyle Brewing (formerly Argyle Brewing Co.) models itself after the increasingly popular CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and is Chicago’s first “CSB” (Community Supported Brewery). Founders Matt Ritchey, Kevin Cary and Brendan Blume decided to start their subscription based brewery after a few brainstorming sessions. Like CSAs, members will receive a share of craft beer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Begyle is expected to open its craft beer programs starting this summer.

Though it’s new to Chicago’s shores, community-sustained brewing finds its roots deep in German history. In the 13th and 14th centuries, central brewhouses in each town would produce the liquid base of beer, called the wort, which was then collected by individual citizens. These select few would ferment the wort, and then place a special sign on their door (Zoigl, pictured above.) The six-pointed star looks just like a Star of David, but it’s actually a brewer’s star, one point for each beer-making element: hops, yeast, malt, grain, water and brewer. The Zoigl signaled to townsfolk that their neighbor had opened a temporary, communal pub in his home, a.k.a., to come over and have a cold one. After the beer from that house was gone, the next homebrewer would collect his wort and so the good people of the town were never without local beer (one hopes.)

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Today marks the one year anniversary of the Lakeview Area Master Plan (LAMP) reveal. During the research phase of LAMP, the number one feature Lakeview residents expressed need for was more public space. One of our suggestions was to create the LowLine, sprucing up the currently dingy path below the Chicago Brown Line’s tracks with native plants and solar lamps to connect and beautify the neighborhood. More inside.

The web may not be climate change-combat’s poster child, but it may be its knight in shining armor. On the one hand we know that outlet usage has increased a lot since the internet and its buddies (smartphones, bluetooth keyboards, ipods) burst onto the scene; on the other, it has saved trees, and more to the point, whipped global communication into a frenzy the likes of which the pre-internet world never dreamed of. Even more to the point, sourcing and spreading data has become a whole lot easier. But the connotations of data, once a word reserved for Dexter’s Laboratory, have changed, too. The Internet has infused it with a new sense of community, accessibility, and at the very least, made it prettier. The idea that the web community and data interact with each other as that data is being accrued is revolutionary for anyone wishing to tread lighter on our planet.

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For the third year, we will convert our architectural studio (a former City-owned transformer station – 1754 West Byron Street) to a public art gallery for the 10th Annual Ravenswood ArtWalk on Saturday, October 1st [11a-7p] and Sunday, October 2nd, [11a-6p].  In addition to some fabulous art, you will be sure to enjoy our keg of Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager, a savory sampling of delectables from Southport Grocery, and dessert lovingly prepared by the official Mom of moss.

Over 250 Artists and Businesses in 50 venues are participating in the 10th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in the Ravenswood Corridor.  This self-guided tour of open studios, galleries and spaces along the historic Ravenswood Corridor is the kick off to the Annual Chicago Artists Month.  Be sure to check out the other great events during RAW weekend, including a rooftop lounge and sculpture garden, film screenings, lectures and live performances.  A free trolley, with guided historical tour by a member of the Ravenswood – Lake View Historical Association, will transport visitors from one end of the event to the other.

In addition to our architectural work and new furniture creations, we will be featuring four other artists and designers who echo our sustainable ethos:

Lynn Basa
Heather Mullins
Devin Shea
TJ Thomas of Studio Murmur

moss green architect Ravenswood artwalk '10For the second year, we will convert our studio to a public art gallery for the Ravenswood ArtWalk on Saturday, October 2nd and Sunday, October 3rd, 11a-5p.

Over 300 Artists and Businesses are participating in the 9th Annual Tour of Arts & Industry in the Ravenswood Corridor. This self -guided tour of open studios, galleries and spaces along the historic Ravenswood Corridor is the annual kick off to the 15th Annual Chicago Artists Month.

This year we will be hosting three fantastic artists that echo our sustainable ethos.

Lynn Basa

Daniel Nolan (corporate pillars sculpture will be here!)

Heather Mullins

RAW2009amoss studio will transform to moss gallery this weekend, October 03-04 for Ravenswood ArtWalk.  moss will host three terrific Chicago artists among the 175 artists participating in RAW2009.  Please join us, 11a – 6p Saturday and Sunday | West Byron Street & Ravenswood.

milwaukeelofts_currentphotoInterior work is complete at the artists’ lofts in Logan Square.  Photos after the jump.  Next up, rehab of the back porch into sky gardens.

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