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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...→

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...→

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

Wizards and warlocks, rejoice! The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to the Big Apple this summer. That’s right. Warner Bros. announced the world’s first official “Harry Potter” flagship store will open next to the iconic Flatiron Building at 935 Broadway. Read full article: World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship st...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

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 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...→

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...→

Best shoe store

Best shoe store

Alamo Shoes  Runner-UpLori’s Shoes  Finalists: Hanig’s, Click Shoes... Read full article: Best shoe store...→

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Surveillance video from October shows two men armed with handguns entering Five Star Shoe Repair on Bustleton Avenue in Somerton. Read full article: Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers B...→

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Just in time for the busiest shopping period of the year, a new Famous Footwear flagship store will open at West 34th Street and Broadway Read full article: Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship ...→

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

The NYC flagship opening has taken on outsized significance. A successful debut will be counted as welcome evidence that Nordstrom has not only stanched the bleeding, but has finally cracked the code for high-end retailing in a digital era; a... Read full article: A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC ...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.... A new, magical holiday tradition has arrived in Southern California that wizards and muggles alike can enjoy. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store... A family in Vancouver spent 500 hours turning their home into a Harry Potter theme attraction for the holidays. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

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...→

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

The Yurman family is making the most of its move from Madison Avenue to a new flagship jewelry outpost at 5 E. 57th St., opposite Tiffany. At a breakfast preview Thursday, David and Sybil Yurman an… Read full article: Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurma...→

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 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...→

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

While department stores are struggling to compete with e-commerce, the retailer is opening a 320,000 square foot, seven-level women’s store. Read full article: Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Mi...→

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Nordstrom acknowledges that "the stakes are super high" for this store, a seven-floor emporium at the base of the world's tallest residential tower close to Central Park. Read full article: Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Read more about Harry's adventures with local landmark committees in 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Flagship Store.' Read full article: Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Sto...→

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 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 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...→

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Today Walmart is planning to reopen the El Paso location where police say a man from North Texas entered the store with an assault rifle, targeted Mexicans, opened fire and killed 22 people. Read full article: Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Re...→

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

A Canoga Park shoe store remains temporarily closed for business after a chain-reaction crash that sheared a fire hydrant and caused the roof of the store to collapse on Sunday night. Read full article: Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed Af...→

See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ of a flagship store - amNewYork

  BY SHAYE WEAVER | Nordstrom wants to make it clear that its seven-story flagship store in Midtown is more than its merchandise. When it opens at 10 a.m. Read full article: See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ o...→

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

Wizards and warlocks, rejoice! The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to the Big Apple this summer. That’s right. Warner Bros. announced the world’s first official “Harry Potter” flagship store will open next to the iconic Flatiron Building at 935 Broadway. Read full article: World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship st...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store... A family in Vancouver spent 500 hours turning their home into a Harry Potter theme attraction for the holidays. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

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 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: 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 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...→

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 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...→

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Surveillance video from October shows two men armed with handguns entering Five Star Shoe Repair on Bustleton Avenue in Somerton. Read full article: Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers B...→

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Today Walmart is planning to reopen the El Paso location where police say a man from North Texas entered the store with an assault rifle, targeted Mexicans, opened fire and killed 22 people. Read full article: Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Re...→

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

While department stores are struggling to compete with e-commerce, the retailer is opening a 320,000 square foot, seven-level women’s store. Read full article: Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Mi...→

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

The NYC flagship opening has taken on outsized significance. A successful debut will be counted as welcome evidence that Nordstrom has not only stanched the bleeding, but has finally cracked the code for high-end retailing in a digital era; a... Read full article: A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC ...→

See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ of a flagship store - amNewYork

  BY SHAYE WEAVER | Nordstrom wants to make it clear that its seven-story flagship store in Midtown is more than its merchandise. When it opens at 10 a.m. Read full article: See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ o...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.... A new, magical holiday tradition has arrived in Southern California that wizards and muggles alike can enjoy. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Read more about Harry's adventures with local landmark committees in 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Flagship Store.' Read full article: Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Sto...→

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...→

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

The Yurman family is making the most of its move from Madison Avenue to a new flagship jewelry outpost at 5 E. 57th St., opposite Tiffany. At a breakfast preview Thursday, David and Sybil Yurman an… Read full article: Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurma...→

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 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...→

Best shoe store

Best shoe store

Alamo Shoes  Runner-UpLori’s Shoes  Finalists: Hanig’s, Click Shoes... Read full article: Best shoe store...→

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...→

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Just in time for the busiest shopping period of the year, a new Famous Footwear flagship store will open at West 34th Street and Broadway Read full article: Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship ...→

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

A Canoga Park shoe store remains temporarily closed for business after a chain-reaction crash that sheared a fire hydrant and caused the roof of the store to collapse on Sunday night. Read full article: Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed Af...→

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Nordstrom acknowledges that "the stakes are super high" for this store, a seven-floor emporium at the base of the world's tallest residential tower close to Central Park. Read full article: Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious...→

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship store to open in NYC

Wizards and warlocks, rejoice! The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to the Big Apple this summer. That’s right. Warner Bros. announced the world’s first official “Harry Potter” flagship store will open next to the iconic Flatiron Building at 935 Broadway. Read full article: World’s first ‘Harry Potter’ flagship st...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.... A new, magical holiday tradition has arrived in Southern California that wizards and muggles alike can enjoy. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store Coming to NYC in Summer 2020

Personalized robes, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and a new range of house wands will be available exclusively at the Manhattan store... A family in Vancouver spent 500 hours turning their home into a Harry Potter theme attraction for the holidays. Read full article: First-Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store C...→

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Store

Read more about Harry's adventures with local landmark committees in 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Flagship Store.' Read full article: Harry Potter And The Cursed Flagship Sto...→

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 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 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...→

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurman showcase new flagship store

The Yurman family is making the most of its move from Madison Avenue to a new flagship jewelry outpost at 5 E. 57th St., opposite Tiffany. At a breakfast preview Thursday, David and Sybil Yurman an… Read full article: Celebrity jewelers David and Sybil Yurma...→

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...→

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...→

Best shoe store

Best shoe store

Alamo Shoes  Runner-UpLori’s Shoes  Finalists: Hanig’s, Click Shoes... Read full article: Best shoe store...→

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...→

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers Beat Up 67-Year-Old Employee, Rob Shoe Repair Store In Somerton

Surveillance video from October shows two men armed with handguns entering Five Star Shoe Repair on Bustleton Avenue in Somerton. Read full article: Philadelphia Police: Two Armed Robbers B...→

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed

Today Walmart is planning to reopen the El Paso location where police say a man from North Texas entered the store with an assault rifle, targeted Mexicans, opened fire and killed 22 people. Read full article: Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Re...→

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship Store in Midtown

Just in time for the busiest shopping period of the year, a new Famous Footwear flagship store will open at West 34th Street and Broadway Read full article: Famous Footwear to Open Newest Flagship ...→

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Midtown

While department stores are struggling to compete with e-commerce, the retailer is opening a 320,000 square foot, seven-level women’s store. Read full article: Nordstrom Opens NYC Flagship Store In Mi...→

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed After Watery Crash

A Canoga Park shoe store remains temporarily closed for business after a chain-reaction crash that sheared a fire hydrant and caused the roof of the store to collapse on Sunday night. Read full article: Canoga Park Shoe Store Remains Closed Af...→

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC flagship store part of a huge bet on the company’s future

The NYC flagship opening has taken on outsized significance. A successful debut will be counted as welcome evidence that Nordstrom has not only stanched the bleeding, but has finally cracked the code for high-end retailing in a digital era; a... Read full article: A ‘pivotal year’ for Nordstrom: New NYC ...→

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious new New York City flagship store

Nordstrom acknowledges that "the stakes are super high" for this store, a seven-floor emporium at the base of the world's tallest residential tower close to Central Park. Read full article: Take a peek inside Nordstrom’s luxurious...→

See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ of a flagship store - amNewYork

  BY SHAYE WEAVER | Nordstrom wants to make it clear that its seven-story flagship store in Midtown is more than its merchandise. When it opens at 10 a.m. Read full article: See inside Nordstrom’s ‘one-stop shop’ o...→