Related Articles: Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

After 12 consecutive years, the Soundset Music Festival will not be taking place in 2020. “We made the difficult decision to take this year off in order to assess what Soundset will become in the n… Read full article: Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not...→

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

'To be working there for as long as a lot of us had—some people for nearly a decade—and to be treated with this level of disrespect is so unjustified and sickening.' Read full article: Metro New York Staff Fired Without Sever...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Things are different for Dear now. "I live on 10 acres in Ann Arbor. Like, I'm set, you know?" he says. "I don't go out. Unless I'm playing, I'm not going out. I'm not really partaking in the scene. And I'm not the one that could tell anybo Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Bloodshot Records 3039 W. Irving Park 773-604-5300 www.bloodshotrecords.com @BSHQ Runner-Up Sooper Records... Read full article: Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 ...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Best local label

Best local label

Red Scare Industries   Runner-Up Sooper Records   Finalists: International Anthem, Hausu Mountain... Read full article: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear could win an award for cutest voicemail of all time. Should you reach the voicemail box of the 40-year-old producer, musician, Twitter god,... Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

A local mother of two and engineer now has her own business that was inspired by her son. Camilla Rice saw her son Miles suffer with pain from eczema ever since he was a baby. Read full article: Local mom and engineer starts soap compa...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berry's All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign - LA Weekly

Writer Iris Berry has always been fascinated by the reality of modern-day Hollywood and its glittery history as Tinseltown, and in her new collection of poetry, All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign (Punk Hostage Press), the two worlds collide to often-engaging effect. She marvels about the way jazz glides “its way/down translucent highways/at one … Read full article: Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berr...→

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

The union representing some Chicago Public Schools support staff has come to a tentative agreement with the city – but that has no effect on the teachers’ strike. Read full article: City Announces Tentative Agreement With ...→

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

After 12 consecutive years, the Soundset Music Festival will not be taking place in 2020. “We made the difficult decision to take this year off in order to assess what Soundset will become in the n… Read full article: Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not...→

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

A local mother of two and engineer now has her own business that was inspired by her son. Camilla Rice saw her son Miles suffer with pain from eczema ever since he was a baby. Read full article: Local mom and engineer starts soap compa...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berry's All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign - LA Weekly

Writer Iris Berry has always been fascinated by the reality of modern-day Hollywood and its glittery history as Tinseltown, and in her new collection of poetry, All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign (Punk Hostage Press), the two worlds collide to often-engaging effect. She marvels about the way jazz glides “its way/down translucent highways/at one … Read full article: Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berr...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear could win an award for cutest voicemail of all time. Should you reach the voicemail box of the 40-year-old producer, musician, Twitter god,... Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Bloodshot Records 3039 W. Irving Park 773-604-5300 www.bloodshotrecords.com @BSHQ Runner-Up Sooper Records... Read full article: Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 ...→

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

'To be working there for as long as a lot of us had—some people for nearly a decade—and to be treated with this level of disrespect is so unjustified and sickening.' Read full article: Metro New York Staff Fired Without Sever...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Best local label

Best local label

Red Scare Industries   Runner-Up Sooper Records   Finalists: International Anthem, Hausu Mountain... Read full article: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Things are different for Dear now. "I live on 10 acres in Ann Arbor. Like, I'm set, you know?" he says. "I don't go out. Unless I'm playing, I'm not going out. I'm not really partaking in the scene. And I'm not the one that could tell anybo Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

The union representing some Chicago Public Schools support staff has come to a tentative agreement with the city – but that has no effect on the teachers’ strike. Read full article: City Announces Tentative Agreement With ...→

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not take place this year as Rhymesayers label focuses on 25th anniversary

After 12 consecutive years, the Soundset Music Festival will not be taking place in 2020. “We made the difficult decision to take this year off in order to assess what Soundset will become in the n… Read full article: Local hip-hop festival Soundset will not...→

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 | Music & Nightlife | Chicago Reader

Bloodshot Records 3039 W. Irving Park 773-604-5300 www.bloodshotrecords.com @BSHQ Runner-Up Sooper Records... Read full article: Best local label | Best of Chicago 2017 ...→

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

Local mom and engineer starts soap company inspired by her son with eczema

A local mother of two and engineer now has her own business that was inspired by her son. Camilla Rice saw her son Miles suffer with pain from eczema ever since he was a baby. Read full article: Local mom and engineer starts soap compa...→

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

Metro New York Staff Fired Without Severance As Schneps Media Gobbles Up More Local News

'To be working there for as long as a lot of us had—some people for nearly a decade—and to be treated with this level of disrespect is so unjustified and sickening.' Read full article: Metro New York Staff Fired Without Sever...→

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Experts Pick Their Favorites of the Year and Decade

Each year, Miami has a tradition of polling a collection of local film experts — including critics, programmers, professors, and filmmakers — who work in the city and beyond. The results were originally published on the website Dim the House Lights for 2015 and 2016 before the winners of the Miami Film Awards made their... Read full article: Miami Film Awards 2019: Local Film Exper...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Best local label

Best local label

Red Scare Industries   Runner-Up Sooper Records   Finalists: International Anthem, Hausu Mountain... Read full article: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berry's All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign - LA Weekly

Writer Iris Berry has always been fascinated by the reality of modern-day Hollywood and its glittery history as Tinseltown, and in her new collection of poetry, All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign (Punk Hostage Press), the two worlds collide to often-engaging effect. She marvels about the way jazz glides “its way/down translucent highways/at one … Read full article: Event Pick: The Punk Poetry of Iris Berr...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Things are different for Dear now. "I live on 10 acres in Ann Arbor. Like, I'm set, you know?" he says. "I don't go out. Unless I'm playing, I'm not going out. I'm not really partaking in the scene. And I'm not the one that could tell anybo Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of Ghostly International, Ann Arbor-born label and lifestyle brand | Local Music | Detroit | Detroit Metro Times

Matthew Dear could win an award for cutest voicemail of all time. Should you reach the voicemail box of the 40-year-old producer, musician, Twitter god,... Read full article: Matthew Dear looks back on 20 years of G...→

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

City Announces Tentative Agreement With SEIU Local 73, Representing 7,500 CPS Support Staff -- But Teachers' Strike Continues

The union representing some Chicago Public Schools support staff has come to a tentative agreement with the city – but that has no effect on the teachers’ strike. Read full article: City Announces Tentative Agreement With ...→