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Friday, September 23, 2022

Harvest Chicago dance festival, Idle Muse, Necropolis by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Always a staple of the fall dance season, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival opens tonight at 8 PM at Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn), and continues […] The post …

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

A Natural Turn, Jessica Bardsley, and Cold Waves by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago has no shortage of free museums, and the DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton) is one stunning example. While it’s never a bad time for a visit (hello, it’s […] The post A Natur…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Blue Hour, financial advice, free store, and concerts by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The Chicago Poetry Center kicks off another season of Blue Hour tonight. Blue Hour is an in-person series of readings by poets, largely Chicago-based, followed by community gathering time. T…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Vintage, Afrofuturists, comics, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Vintage clothing, art, jewelry, furniture, home decor, and nostalgic items from mid-century through the 1990s are available for the seekers at today’s Vintage Garage meet-up. This is the s…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Navigating the After, Red Summer, JB, and more by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Seattle-born choreographer Mariah D. Eastman has called Chicago home for the past few years, and describes her philosophy as a desire to “play with creating unusual sequences of movement w…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Chicago House Music symposium, cheese workshop, music, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

It’s day one of the Chicago House Music Festival and Conference, which runs through Sunday 9/18. Today’s the symposium portion of this free four-day event. At the Logan Center for […] …

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Cookies, dancing, Louder Than a Mom by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

No war but Cookie War! This afternoon’s Garfield Ridge Farmer’s Market includes a special competition by neighborhood bakeries, including Weber’s, Pticek’s, Talerico-Martin, and Bori…

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Jane, Yola, Field, Frunchroom by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Today and tomorrow are two of a slate of Free Admission Days offered by the Field Museum (1400 S. DuSable Lake Shore Dr.) through November. Illinois residents with proof of […] The post Ja…

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Soul food, International Voices Project, Perturbator, Glassing by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Jordan Wimby, aka The Melanin Martha, returns to Monday Night Foodball tonight with a prix fixe plate of “classic and reimagined” soul food, including crispy fatback and microgreens and…

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Farming, bike tour, Moon festival, and more by Micco Caporale, Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

From 9 AM-1 PM, Catatumbo, a worker-owned cooperative farm in Englewood, is inviting volunteers to grow (pun intended) their land knowledge by helping the farm build out their space. During …

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Dreary North, Selena tribute, All That Light, Code of the Freaks, and Stew by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

If you’re looking for music that pulls no punches, head over to Subterranean (2011 W. North) this weekend for Dreary North Fest, three nights of extreme music running the gamut […] The p…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Ableton demos, Sweeney Todd, and more by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Hey electronic artists, wanna level up your Ableton game? Join Penthouse Audio Group at Hush (311 W. Chicago), where you can get track feedback from professionals. Ableton-certified program …

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Close to the end of ’Vol. 51’ by Salem Collo-Julin

We’re close to the end of “Volume 51” in a few issues. Yes, that means that we have survived nearly 51 years of publication, a feat that perhaps no one […] The post Close to the end …

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Ballet, salsa, and trivia by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

If you’re downtown and want a little lunchtime terpsichore, head over to the Daley Center Plaza (50 W. Washington) today at noon for a free hour-long performance by Ballet 5:8, […] The p…

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

’Palette and Palate,’ Shedd Aquarium, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Today the exhibition “Palette and Palate” opens at Madron Gallery (1000 W. North). It’s a retrospective celebrating Chicago’s Riccardo’s Restaurant and Gallery that anticipates a P…

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Cat show, ZINEMercado, Batmobile, and scooters by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The International Cat Association (TICA) presents Chicago: Feline Infurno, the 41st annual cat show hosted by TICA and a chance to view at least 400 registered cats ready for judging […] T…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

Signal Records, Lynyn, and music festivals by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago simply cannot have enough record shops. It just can’t. Every one that opens is a treasure—including the latest vinyl vault, Signal Records (3156 W. Diversey). From now on, they…

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La Esquina, Creepshow, Miss Continental, and Miss Holmes by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

At the corners of Cullerton and Carpenter sits La Esquina, a community center that opened this spring to provide free art classes and provide safer space for neighborhood youth to […] The …

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Potato pancakes, Mary Jane, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen (1141 S. Jefferson) is celebrating a staggering 80 years in business today, with special offerings and a cake cutting ceremony at lunchtime. The food is …

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sapphire and Crystals, Funeral Potatoes, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Sapphire and Crystals, the 36-year-old collective of African American women artists in Chicago, celebrates their legacy of exhibiting and supporting the work of women artists of African desc…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Night market, music, Destroy Your Art, and more by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

The final Argyle Night Market for the season happens tonight from 5-9 PM, filling Argyle Street between Kenmore and Sheridan with food vendors, community booths, local business, activities f…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Douglass Park forum, jazz, Chicago trivia, Studs and Spikes by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

From 5-7 PM, the Chicago Park District has organized a listening session seeking community dialogue about visions for Douglass Park. The park district’s Douglass Park Community Engagement …

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Healing Circle, Nitrate Kisses, disasters, and punk rock by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Hopefully you’ve been following our recent comics journalism pieces on art and artists created by Reader contributor and former Chicagoan Coco Picard (her latest, an interview with artist …

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Work from home, work on your home, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Does your work from home soundtrack need a refresh? Patrixia, our latest Chicagoan of Note, is a DJ who dominates the digital club space. She’s so good at getting the […] The post Work f…

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Records, Ruido, robots, and Peaches by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago Vinyl Connection celebrates one year of bringing independent record sellers, vintage vendors, and music lovers together with today’s latest edition of their nomadic gatherings of g…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Festivals, park performances, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Collaboraction’s youth artist-activist ensemble, The Light, concludes its summer tour with Night Out in the Parks this weekend, with a show tonight at 5 PM at Austin’s LaFollette Park (1…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Stepney, stationery, grown folks, and All That Glitters by Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago’s Central Camera is a great example of a small business that has persevered through multiple challenges–check out contributor Zinya Salfiti’s cover story in our latest issue to…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Films, discussions, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The city’s SummerDance series is well under way, and today’s fusion of live music, dance instruction, and outdoor activities takes place in Englewood’s Ogden Park (6500 S. Racine). The…

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Electro beats, fiction, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Tuesdays are a good day (and night) to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as there are extended hours for both the museum and the store (10 AM-9 PM) and museum admission is free o…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

An Unacquainted Orchestra, Tasting India, and tea by Salem Collo-Julin

The Chicago Black Artist Union is a grouping of Black Chicago creatives from several disciplines who joined together to share their artistry with a variety of Chicago audiences, support each…

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

FroSkate shoe release, tattoos, music fests by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

FroSkate, a BIPOC-led skate collective that centers female, trans, queer, and gender nonconforming skaters, is celebrating the release of the FroSkate x Nike SB Dunk. The skate shoe drops th…

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