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.
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.
Gram This: Dock 6’s Virtual Bash is a Quiet Pleasure
Design that will make you think and feel happy things.
Creative Dilemmas: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Adapts 2020 Season for the Pandemic
Making it work in the midst of a shutdown is no small feat but that's exactly what Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre has done.
Insecurity Unwound: A Review of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
Tomine assembles a series of autobiographical sketches spanning his entire career, mostly concentrating on his grappling with fame or the lack thereof.
The Past Is Present: A Review of Birchbark, Wiigwaas
All these materials work together to make the stories and experiences of indigenous Americans central to the story of Chicago, both historically and today.