Livestreaming the Blues: Living Legend Jimmy Johnson’s Digital Residency
Johnson’s new record, “Every Day of Your Life.” It’s his first album in a decade marks a return to Chicago’s Delmark label, for whom he recorded “Johnson’s Whacks” more than forty years ago.
Emotive States: A Review of Chase Hall and February James at Monique Meloche
Each piece by James and Hall is charged with the raw and curious emotions that many of us have when thinking about a post-COVID future.
A Jolt in the Gut: An Interview with Xandria Phillips
Xandria Phillips is a poet, educator, visual artist and an extremely generous mentor.
Abracadabra! Behind the Incredible Story of the Magic Puzzle Company
There’s a magical surprise at the end.
The Kids Will Play: Digitizing Theater Camp
A cornerstone in the creative development of many performers, theater camps face significant challenges from COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders.
Art and Poetry: A Conversation on the Page
A conversation on the genesis and nature of "Theorem," a collaborative book created by poet Elizabeth Bradfield and artist Antonia Contro.
Music Top 5: August 2020
Lockdown—self-isolating—sheltering in place—whatever you call it, goes easier with these outstanding album releases by stellar Chicago artists.
New Anthems: Vaginal Davis’ The White to be Angry is a Bold Assertion of Self
“The White to be Angry” is a testament to Davis’ ability to come at complicated issues full of tension using seriousness and bits of humor.
Lit 50: Who Really Books In Chicago 2020
This year, we focus on writers who contribute to the growing body of American letters and critical thought across genres.
Dining and Drinking Top 5: August 2020
Grab your mask (and face shield and gloves, if you wish) and visit some of the Chicago area's best and safest farmers markets.
Return To Center: The Modest Journey Of Kris Rey’s I Used To Go Here
Spring 2020: dozens of features and shorts were orphaned from aspiration but those movies that were ready are finished and finding their way to the marketplace.
One Recommendation: August 2020
The Dancers' Fund has played a crucial role in the health of Chicago's dance community for almost three decades.
Writer of the Moment 2020: Maya Schenwar
Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law's "Prison By Any Other Name" questions the inefficacies of the scant alternatives of prisons.
Art Top 5: August 2020
Galleries and museums begin to re-open their doors for viewing, some by appointment only.
Kaleidoscopic: A Review of Ohmme’s Fantasize Your Ghosts
Throughout the album, Ohmme steers a course—sometimes narrow, sometimes widely veering—between lavish pop gorgeousness and experimental sonic brashness.
Overdue: Street Art Helps Create a New and Necessary Conversation on Race
The city’s walls, like Chicago itself, have history and right now we are in a movement that is questioning the way we think, how we act and exist.
A Dangerous Thing: A Review of Megha Majumdar’s A Burning
Megha Majumdar’s wrenching novel begins with an act of terrorism and an accusation.