Is this real life?

Chicago IRL (In Real Life) is an arts and literary digest cataloging contemporary queer creative culture in Chicago. We hope not only to document existing queer talent but also to inspire new collaborations and explorations. Although much of our coordination uses the internet to connect us with contributors, we desire to encourage new interactions in real life as well. Chicago IRL is a zine made by and for the disenchanted, hopeful, and unemployed revolutionaries, muppets, and magicians to capture the spirit of a new dawn, whatever that means.

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. Without your contributions, Chicago IRL cannot exist. Enjoy, enrich yourself, kick back and check out our past contributors and back issues.

Chicago IRL can be purchased directly from us online or else found locally in Chicago at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, and Women & Children First.

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Topher PicTopher McCulloch
Topher has never operated a lawnmower. He enjoys drinking champagne and reading Jean Genet. He tries to make something awful every day. Stalk him online: myrthco.com | mugwumpian.tumblr.com | msaed.tumblr.com

Joe picJoseph Varisco
Creative Director/Chef
Joseph is sort of like an otter with a switchblade and eyeshadow. He lives online as Deputy JoeV at deputyjoev.tumblr.com. He has a cat named Samson. He is the creator of the Queer Culture & Social Media Study.