Chicago IRL (In Real Life) is an arts and literary digest cataloging contemporary queer creative culture in Chicago. We document not only existing queer talent but also create new collaborations and explorations. Chicago IRL launched in June 2011 and is a co-production of graphic designer Topher McCulloch, a South Dakota native who blew into town four years ago and tries to make something awful every day, and Joseph Varisco, a graduate student of social work, Chicago native and creator of the Queer Culture & Social Media Study. We are both passionate about documenting contemporary cultural happenings in and around Chicago. We are now preparing our fourth issue for publication, and we need your help.
In the first three issues, Chicago IRL has featured diverse work from across the spectrum by over 60 contributors. We are an open call, open submission publication that loves meeting new people through their creative work and we are always looking to include more voices. We hope you will find something that makes you laugh or stimulates you to take action. We only wish to keep it weird and sexy.
The first three issues have been entirely self-funded at a loss out of love. By organizing a comprehensive pre-order through Kickstarter we can increase our cost efficiencies and deliver you an even better product. Since the second issue we've been able to give copies to contributors and donate to local institutions. We'd love to give back even more. Anything raised above and beyond our goal of $1500 to meet the bare minimum costs goes into improving our publication and giving back to our contributors and readers.
The ultra powerful and brilliant Rebecca Kling reads from her original piece I Am So Very Sorry. Kling, a Chicago-based artist whose multi-media productions question gender, self-expression, and what it means
to be at home in one’s own body has performed throughout the Midwest, earning her praise from the Chicago Tribune, TimeOut Chicago, Newcity Stage and Centerstage Chicago.