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What started as a joke between two college students has led to a casting call, an awkward audition, and several hours of (so far) PG-rated footage. How far will they take it?
by Aimee Levitt on July 31, 2013
The celebrated playwright and disability rights activist put down her pen for nearly a decade. But in a new novel, Good Kings Bad Kings, she picks back up where she left off, creating disabled characters who are funny, angry, and vividly human.
by Sam Worley on May 30, 2013
A vintage-suitcase boom box, a cookbook for the vegan junk-foodie, a beer-brewing class, and a bike-share membership are each way cooler than cash. We swear.
by Kevin Warwick on November 26, 2013
In which we explore works that confront violence in its many forms. Read together or on their own, what do these books have to tell us?
by Reader staff on April 3, 2013
The national recording project, started in 2003, has opened a booth in the Cultural Center.
by Janet Potter on May 23, 2013
Fall! Everything else might be dying, but art is in bloom.
by Reader staff on September 12, 2013
Road trips, restaurant patios, farmers' markets, festivals, and 110 things to do between now and Labor Day
by Reader staff on May 16, 2013
A Chicago history, 1898-present
by Aimee Levitt on October 2, 2013
Four reader-submitted stories selected by guest curator Zach Dodson, of Featherproof Books
by Zach Dodson on January 2, 2013
The festival puts people with disabilities on the stage, on the screen, behind the mike, and—just as importantly—in the audience.
by Aimee Levitt on May 7, 2013
Our Twitter followers respond.
by Gwynedd Stuart on October 2, 2013
Discussed: The ideal number of robots. The meaning of crows' sounds. The Jewish roots of Bambi. The utility of pigs. The evolution of fairy tales.
by Steve Bogira on November 13, 2013
The 25-year-old author of the wildly popular Divergent trilogy—which comes to an end this week with the release of Allegiant—talks to us about success, fear, and which faction she'll join after society falls apart.
by Janet Potter on October 22, 2013
The Nazis' sophisticated propaganda machine, artists' reactions to the 2008 financial crisis: How your political history gets made, then and now.
by Aimee Levitt on October 28, 2013
The Neo-Futurists reflect on a quarter century of their forever-running show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.
by Janet Potter on December 16, 2013
Nortasha Stingley's 19-year-old daughter, Marissa, was shot dead just blocks from her home. How do you get over a thing like that?
by Darryl Holliday on November 20, 2013
Melissa Lorraine of Theatre Y prepares to open The Binding, inspired by a Jewish apocryphal text and driven by movement, in a Logan Square church.
by Laura Molzahn on August 14, 2013
"He slipped or his perch gave way, and down he went. The father climbed down after him, but there was nothing that he or the Coast Guard could do."
by Andrew Hicks on January 2, 2013
How a Wicker Park building full of "creepy wooden dolls with strings" led a young documentarian to (almost) reunite a prolific puppeteer with his life's work
by Gwynedd Stuart on November 6, 2013
Anne Elizabeth Moore's comic confederation takes a crowbar to closed doors in the art world.
by Janet Potter on June 26, 2013
The Chicagoans in Diasporal Rhythms aren't just collecting work by artists of African descent. They're also preserving a culture.
by Sam Worley on October 9, 2013
Lloyd DeGrane's "Domestic Issues" finds beauty in the mundane.
by Lloyd DeGrane on April 25, 2013
As the author of the hyperpopular blog Bitches Gotta Eat, Samantha Irby uses humor—harshly, grossly, exquisitely—to get at serious issues: race, gender, loneliness. Her next volley? A new book.
by Marya Hornbacher on September 23, 2013
Judy Blume, Art Spiegelman, D.T. Max, Haki Madhubuti, and more: Our critics pick favorites for the annual book blowout.
by Jena Cutie on June 6, 2013
What to do every day through December
on November 28, 2013
A founding text of AIDS activism, revived. Plus: Personal memories of Pullman Porter Blues, and eight best bets for fall.
by Tony Adler on September 12, 2013
“When I look out the capsule window all I see is the moon. . . . If I landed where I was supposed to I would be able to see home.”
by J.D. Sommer on January 2, 2013
In an austere new collection, Heartland, the longtime photographer celebrates the plain—and the plains.
by Craig Fehrman on October 16, 2013
A new MCA show demonstrates the uneasy relationship between art and comics.
by Noah Berlatsky on June 26, 2013
on November 28, 2013
A conversation about the five-decade evolution of a Chicago street gang
by Mara Shalhoup on April 3, 2013
"I’ve been making up answers to people's questions about my future. I’ve been showing my breasts to strangers on the Internet."
by Bridget Gamble on January 2, 2013
How to be funny on Twitter. Plus: Five best bets for fall.
by Brianna Wellen on September 12, 2013
John Malkovich channels Austria's infamous Hooker Killer.
by Deanna Isaacs on January 28, 2013
A play in progess finds six characters in search of a conversation.
by Deanna Isaacs on March 25, 2013
An exhibit by and about African-American men. Plus: A preview of upcoming art fairs, and four best bets for fall.
by Aimee Levitt on September 12, 2013
Vintage gowns by Scaasi are among the finds on the block at the nation's largest couture department.
by Deanna Isaacs on April 8, 2013
An award-winning gardener gets busted to the tune of $600.
by Deanna Isaacs on June 3, 2013
The Secret Keeper, the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness, and Bunheads
by Hannah Gold on March 27, 2013
Andreas Mitisek shakes things up, beginning with Philip Glass's The Fall of the House of Usher.
by Deanna Isaacs on February 14, 2013
A peek into Chicago's thriving live-lit scene. Plus: New blood at the Poetry Foundation, animal instincts at the Chicago Humanities Festival, and five best bets for fall.
by Aimee Levitt on September 12, 2013
In an Art Institute exhibit that blends history and impressionism, one notorious figure stands in sharp focus.
by Deanna Isaacs on August 19, 2013
Cook County Social Club, The Still Point of the Turning World, and CCX
by Hannah Gold on March 15, 2013
The local arts groups band together to address that necessary evil, fund-raising.
by Deanna Isaacs on April 22, 2013
The Dream of the Burning Boy, 7 Wonders, and Lauren Groff's Arcadia
by Janey Lee on March 7, 2013
A permanent collection at Chicago's Ukrainian National Museum sheds light on the ongoing conflict.
by Deanna Isaacs on December 10, 2013
Our rundown of 65 outdoor events for art, food, crafts, or all of them at once.
on May 16, 2013
That's the theme of this year's writers' festival, hosted by Columbia College.
by Sam Worley on March 14, 2013
Chicago Zine Fest presents a ton of exhibitors and a heap of how-tos.
by Hannah Lorenz on March 1, 2013
Ahmad Simmons, a choirboy turned choreographer. Plus: Three best bets for fall.
by Deanna Isaacs on September 12, 2013
A guide to biking for beer outside the city's limits—yes, Three Floyds included
by Julia Thiel on May 16, 2013
As contract negotiations drag on, UIC United Faculty hosts a teach-in—and contemplates a walkout.
by Deanna Isaacs on November 25, 2013
The Building Stage said good-bye, Jamil Khoury said a lot, and other notable moments from the year in theater.
by Tony Adler on December 26, 2013
As flashing digital billboards of up to 100 square feet remain unregulated, an ordinance addressing them sits stalled in committee.
by Deanna Isaacs on September 4, 2013
The People Issue 2013
by Gwynedd Stuart on December 5, 2013
Thanks to the state's 30 percent tax credit, six TV series are now shooting in Chicago.
by Deanna Isaacs on October 28, 2013
And make a profit in the act.
by Deanna Isaacs on September 30, 2013
Is it exploitation? Is it schlock? Is it an exportable American product? A survey of the TLC reality hit as it enters its second season.
by Sam Worley on July 17, 2013
The city wants a festival that'll enhance its global image; Redmoon is planning an exorcism.
by Deanna Isaacs on May 16, 2013
House of Cards, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, The Boy Detective Fails, and Chicago Whispers
by Katie Kather on April 4, 2013
Christopher Hitchens, Benny the Bull, and Purple Rain
by Katie Kather on February 28, 2013
Plus: Chicago Urban Art Society founders on contemporary art mags and Supernatural Chicago's Neil Tobin on Lisa Alvarado's Still, Life
on October 2, 2013
Northwestern voice student Timothy McNair took a stand in protest—and failed a class.
by Deanna Isaacs on October 14, 2013
A chat with new president Robert Polito
by Eleni O'Connor on September 12, 2013
Plus: Writer Joshua Young on Kathleen Rooney's Robinson Alone and Lowcarbcomedy.com creator Zoran Gvojic on Danger 5
on May 2, 2013
A choirboy turned choreographer lets loose.
by Laura Molzahn on September 12, 2013
Caitlin Bergh's journey from Catholic to comic
by Brian Costello on February 8, 2013
The Rebuilding Exchange, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and the Other People podcast
by Hannah Lorenz on March 28, 2013
"It's the concentration on trying to achieve a universal truth that I find most appealing about this form."
by Marya Hornbacher on September 12, 2013
At Northwestern, writers Laurie Edwards, S.L. Wisenberg, Paula Kamen, and Jenni Prokopy discuss a burgeoning genre: "chronic lit."
by Aimee Levitt on October 8, 2013
The artist's paintings at Roy Boyd Gallery give voice to a long-simmering struggle with the church.
by Deanna Isaacs on August 5, 2013
Actor in Goodman Theatre production delves into slavery, displacement, and his relevant family history.
by Aimee Levitt on September 12, 2013
An 11th-hour effort fails to save the longtime home of Organic and Black Ensemble theater companies.
by Deanna Isaacs on June 25, 2013
How Should a Person Be?, Blood Oath Improv, and Monsters and Dust
by Janey Lee on February 14, 2013
But that doesn't mean it's not window dressing.
by Deanna Isaacs on November 11, 2013
Chicago Humanities Festival: An animalistic preview
on September 12, 2013
Two more notable mid-20th-century buildings are threatened with destruction.
by Deanna Isaacs on July 22, 2013
The "gateway to the west" is not just a smaller, inferior version of Chicago.
by Aimee Levitt on May 16, 2013
Tony Karman talks about the art fair's sophomore year. Plus: The best of the rest of the fests.
by Deanna Isaacs on September 12, 2013
The title character of Lynn Nottage's play is an amalgam of the African-American actresses whose roles were restricted in early cinema—and who are still expected to play to type.
by Aimee Levitt on May 2, 2013
Plus: Sketchnoter Alexis Finch on Geekfest and author Michael Raleigh on the Randolph Street Market
on May 23, 2013
Larry Kramer's fierce, passionate play is a founding text of AIDS activism, but it's not just history—a new production opens this fall.
by Albert Williams on September 12, 2013
"Maleness to Manhood" continues a year of rich south-side art programming.
by Sam Worley on September 12, 2013
And on Twitter, no less.
by Gwynedd Stuart on September 12, 2013
Victory Gardens Theater revives The Warriors
by Deanna Isaacs on December 28, 2012
The armies of Napoleon enthusiasts include cops, stockbrokers, historians, bodybuilding magnates—and a certain local rock critic. Nearly 200 years after his final defeat at Waterloo, the spirit of l'Empereur is alive and well.
by Aimee Levitt on July 3, 2013
On the next million-dollar baby
by Gwynedd Stuart on April 25, 2013
"Sometimes, in the twisted wreckage of the car, I could just make out a clump of Danny’s blond hair. I could smell the gasoline."
by Sam Weller on January 2, 2013
Not far from Navy Pier, another expo beckons (and this one's free).
by Deanna Isaacs on September 16, 2013
Silk Road theater's Jamil Khoury took aim at Mary Zimmerman, only to be disarmed.
by Deanna Isaacs on July 8, 2013
A Northwestern prof argues that the late "hacktivist" did the right thing.
by Deanna Isaacs on March 11, 2013
"Picasso and Chicago" showcases the artist's connection to a city he never set foot in.
by Deanna Isaacs on February 25, 2013
Building Stories, SpaceTime Tanks, and the Kates
by Janey Lee on February 26, 2013
The Idolatry of God, š!, and the Music Box Theatre
by Katie Kather on January 24, 2013
Plus: Artist Alexandra Ensign on comics confab Brain Frame and Gonzo Chicago founder John Yingling on T-shirts from Skim Milk
on July 18, 2013
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the Encyclopedia Show, and the Upstairs Gallery
by Janey Lee on January 31, 2013
Plus: WordPlaySound's Ryan Singleton on the mob history Deadly Valentines
on April 22, 2013
Grime Time, Actors Training Center, and The Talent Code
by Katie Kather on January 25, 2013
A judge's dismissal of the Prentice preservationists' case leaves a window open.
by Deanna Isaacs on January 15, 2013
Mister Tom Musick, Dollhouse Reading Series, and the Claudettes
on January 15, 2013
After four decades in Chicago theater, the artistic director of Mary-Arrchie gets a special nod from the Jeff Awards.
by Deanna Isaacs on May 23, 2013
The premier English-language translator of Nobel-winning Chinese fiction lives (for now) in South Bend, Indiana. His mind is someplace else entirely.
by Aimee Levitt on April 11, 2013
Maybe the critics'll be a little kinder this time around.
by Aimee Levitt on April 1, 2013
Six comics headline the Little Village Laugh Festival.
by Gwynedd Stuart on April 1, 2013
David Cross, Chelsea Peretti, Maria Bamford, Moshe Kasher, and more: Our critics pick favorites from the sprawling comic fest.
by Molly Adams on June 6, 2013
The comic and podcaster stars as himself in Maron, a new IFC sitcom about his less-than-sunny outlook on life.
by Drew Hunt on May 9, 2013
The artist's 12 Ballads for Huguenot House goes on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
by Aimee Levitt on May 10, 2013
Vice on HBO is news for a generation with a steel belly and a short attention span.
by Gwynedd Stuart on May 1, 2013
Maybe it's the peace and quiet, maybe it's the year-round haunted house, but Mount Carroll, Illinois, has a subtle and spooky kind of charm.
by Gwynedd Stuart on May 16, 2013
A fly-in pancake breakfast, an island overrun by herring gulls, and a village as charmingly peculiar as it is gorgeous
by Kevin Warwick on May 16, 2013
Victory Gardens Theater stages Anupama Chandrasekhar's play about alienation, disorientation, and all-around psychic pain at a Chennai, India, call center.
by Tony Adler on February 13, 2013
Heidi Stillman's staging of the play by Rajiv Joseph lacks a sense of urgency.
by Zac Thompson on February 13, 2013
A program of shorts is the standout at the annual theater fest's bloated 13th incarnation.
by Justin Hayford on June 13, 2013
Strange Tree Group's new musical plays down the dark themes that characterize the best fairy tales.
by Zac Thompson on November 27, 2013
Michael Shannon stars in a death struggle disguised as a comedy.
by Tony Adler on July 17, 2013
Rinne Groff's Compulsion tells the tale of Meyer Levin, the writer whose evangelical zeal for Anne Frank turned to bitter infatuation.
by Albert Williams on October 23, 2013
A half century since its premiere, Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece is still a potent indictment of an unequal society.
by Zac Thompson on September 4, 2013
TimeLine Theatre gets an important play pumping.
by Tony Adler on November 6, 2013
Noah Haidle's new play goes beyond cute all the way to a vision.
by Tony Adler on October 23, 2013
As the nostalgic narrator, Deanna Dunagan outshines the central action in Heidi Stillman's Lookingglass Theatre Company adaptation.
by Zac Thompson on October 9, 2013
Grandpa's secret comes out and the family melts down in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's new play.
by Tony Adler on November 20, 2013
Edmond Rostand's romance takes on a tragic silhouette.
by Tony Adler on October 9, 2013
The ensemble's new revue, A Clown Car Named Desire, goes for a goofy, slapstick energy.
by Tony Adler on June 26, 2013
Mary Zimmerman's best answer to her critics is this flawed, defiant show.
by Tony Adler on July 3, 2013
Unfortunately, it's a play.
by Jack Helbig on July 3, 2013
Hershey Felder fails to save the 16th president—or the script.
by Justin Hayford on March 13, 2013
Steppenwolf Theatre Company gives audiences something to see after Garage Rep.
by Jena Cutie on March 6, 2013
Dennis Zacek directs a play with certain real-life resonances.
by Tony Adler on September 11, 2013
Playwright Calamity West's latest, set in a post-WWII creative writing class, receives an unsatisfying staging by Jackalope Theatre Company.
by Justin Hayford on November 13, 2013
Steppenwolf Theatre's annual showcase fills in the genre blanks.
by Tony Adler on March 6, 2013
Curious Theatre Branch mounts the 24th annual Rhinofest
by Jena Cutie on January 8, 2013
Jon Robin Baitz tells the secrets of a Palm Springs family.
by Zac Thompson on January 30, 2013
Amy Herzog goes beyond the usual lies married people tell.
by Tony Adler on July 10, 2013
MPAACT presents the winter edition of its late-night, single-artist series.
by Hannah Gold on January 30, 2013
Chicago Shakespeare and Goodman Theatre put on plays about power struggles.
by Tony Adler on February 20, 2013
Matthew Lopez's play shows its seams in a Northlight Theatre production.
by Tony Adler on January 30, 2013
Reviews of shows from the opening weekend of the six-week fringe festival.
by Tony Adler on January 23, 2013
The outlawed Belarusan ensemble in a brief run of Minsk, 2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker.
by Tony Adler on January 23, 2013
The actress returns to Steppenwolf in a literary construct called The Wheel.
by Tony Adler on September 25, 2013
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble premieres a new play by Chicago's Lisa Dillman.
by Tony Adler on January 16, 2013
The Neo-Futurists' new parody is a thoughtful look at a loaded word: feminist.
by Marissa Oberlander on May 30, 2013
Austin Pendleton directs John Mahoney and Moira Harris in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Harold Pinter’s early play.
by Tony Adler on February 6, 2013
Medea—transplanted to Pilsen—is more wounded soul than tribal priestess.
by Tony Adler on July 31, 2013
Cheryl L. West's play, about three generations of Pullman porters, spends too much time explaining and not enough time dramatizing.
by Justin Hayford on September 25, 2013
The Mercury Theater presents the musical without fashionable cuts.
by Tony Adler on August 28, 2013
A comic verse musical set in WWII, Strawdog Theatre Company puts the bard back in bombardment.
by Albert Williams on February 27, 2013
Charles Newell's production of the Moliere comedy sends a confused racial message.
by Tony Adler on May 22, 2013
Lookingglass Theatre Company renders Antoine de Saint-Exupery's famous tale a visual and aural feast.
by Jack Helbig on December 18, 2013
The new Neo-Futurist show starts out well, then confuses itself.
by Tony Adler on October 30, 2013
Steppenwolf stages a family rebellion.
by Tony Adler on December 18, 2013
DePaul prof Miles Harvey created a powerful piece of documentary-style theater.
by Tony Adler on March 12, 2013
No home runs in the annual showcase for theater MFAs
by Tony Adler on June 6, 2013
In Albert Camus's Caligula and Slawomir Mrozek's The Emigrants, characters on opposite ends of the social spectrum share a common problem.
by Zac Thompson on June 6, 2013
Anna Bahow directs Jonas Hassen Khemiri's unfocused play for Silk Road Rising.
by Justin Hayford on August 7, 2013
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play explores human motherfuckingness
by Tony Adler on January 8, 2013
In Katori Hall's play, Martin Luther King Jr. faces his own Gethsemane.
by Keith Griffith on September 18, 2013
Pigpen Theatre Company's musical fable drowns in charm.
by Tony Adler on September 18, 2013
Promising at first, Lynn Nottage's ambitious play falls apart after intermission.
by Tony Adler on May 8, 2013
They always hurt the ones they love in theater's three-play repertory.
by Tony Adler on August 14, 2013
Rodgers and Hart's 1940 musical, now in a new revival by Porchlight Music Theatre, pushed Broadway's buttons—and its boundaries.
by Albert Williams on May 2, 2013
The Hypocrites' version, 12 Nights, offers antic energy but not a lot of depth.
by Zac Thompson on August 21, 2013
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo author Rajiv Joseph returns to his quirky/intimate style.
by Tony Adler on May 1, 2013
Chicago Shakespeare Theater's production is undone by overdoing.
by Tony Adler on May 16, 2013
Alexi Kaye Campbell's play juxtaposes gay couples in London 50 years apart.
by Albert Williams on June 19, 2013
Off-Loop vet Richard Cotovsky stars in Austin Pendleton's deeply flawed 1995 play about a washout who's dying of AIDS.
by Zac Thompson on June 19, 2013
In a roundabout way, Dan Orkin inherited a peculiar map from his great-aunt—one cut entirely from stamps.
by Kevin Warwick on December 7, 2013
Each of the sleeping mats constructed by New Life for Old Bags uses between 500 and 700 plastic shopping bags.
by Gwynedd Stuart on October 19, 2013
With her fledgling company, Recovered Rubber, Alexandra Rath repurposes bike inner tubes to fashion bow ties, masks, and an assortment of jewelry.
by Summer Concepcion on August 31, 2013
Alex Rauch did it. He attached a karaoke machine to a bike. Now you never have to stop singing.
by Brianna Wellen on November 25, 2013
Find Vicky and Luis Mercado cruising around the west side on a pair of 50s-era Schwinn Black Phantoms.
by Gwynedd Stuart on August 24, 2013
It requires a unqiue brand of patience to build a wig one strand of hair at a time. Don’t believe it? Talk to DePaul theater professor Nan Zabriskie.
by Gwynedd Stuart on October 14, 2013
Unbeknownst to him at the time, Joey Gallimore's collection began when he purchased a Wesley Willis drawing for 20 bucks.
by Gwynedd Stuart on December 16, 2013
A pair of University of Chicago students discovered a way to interact with proteins—and in the process compose unique scores.
by Aimee Levitt on December 21, 2013
This week the Leather Rose Association shows us its BDSM dungeon, filled with bondage furniture.
by Gwynedd Stuart on March 20, 2013
The owner of Bel-Port Liquors introduces the cockatoo living among his store's bottles of booze.
by Chelsea Hohn on June 21, 2013
Vertical Gallery's newest group show, "Deck the Halls," enlisted artists to use skate decks as their blank canvas.
by Kevin Warwick on November 16, 2013
The CHAOS Brew Club gives home brewers some welcome room to stretch out their hops and ferment to their hearts' desires.
by Gwynedd Stuart on October 5, 2013
Aspiring inventor Dane Christianson has crafted a mutant Rubik's Cube with a 3-D printer.
by Summer Concepcion on July 19, 2013
Matt Carmichael figured that a logical spot to find a getup was at the Sports Authority. And, well, he did find something.
by Kevin Warwick on October 29, 2013
Artist Anna Todaro travels to craft fairs to paint mustaches on 11-year-olds.
by Kevin Warwick on September 26, 2013
A pair of artists have been crocheting an umbilical cord-like tube for the past decade.
by Gwynedd Stuart on November 11, 2013
Manny has his own T-shirt line, and you don't.
by Gwynedd Stuart on July 5, 2013
Windy City Roller Moby Nipps is the type to roll with the punches
by Gwynedd Stuart on January 21, 2013
Fragments of the meteorite that burst over Chelyabinsk earlier this year are currently property of the Field Museum.
by Aimee Levitt on July 17, 2013
A transformed Mold-a-Rama vending machine dispenses original works of art, most of the time.
by Aimee Levitt on May 30, 2013
Ray Gadke's had his collection of religious statues since the 80s.
by Janey Lee on February 18, 2013
Malcolm X College houses a '63 black Oldsmobile once driven by the man himself.
by Aimee Levitt on May 23, 2013
This week rower Josh Karney shows us the massive blister he developed during a regatta last fall.
by Janey Lee on March 1, 2013
This week professional luthier Dan Koentopp shows us his handmade knives, with which he creates custom guitars.
by Gwynedd Stuart on March 29, 2013
This week we're shown former 1st Ward alderman Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna's gold star, gifted to him in 1897 by a group of his constituents.
by Aimee Levitt on April 18, 2013
This week firefighter Jeff Wiley shows us around Engine 60 in Hyde Park.
by Janey Lee on April 19, 2013
As a member of the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers Bess Boswell's outfit of choice is a Walmart-bought children's bee costume.
by Summer Concepcion on August 4, 2013
A Portage Park couple likes their eggs fresh, taken straight out of the backyard.
by Gwynedd Stuart on June 13, 2013
Horrorbles houses its fair share of horror relics and kitsch, including remnants from the house where the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was shot.
by Aimee Levitt on May 9, 2013
Artist Kip Pasta spends anywhere between 100 and 300 hours on his elaborate wooden structures—some of which may connect with Game of Thrones fans.
by Gwynedd Stuart on August 12, 2013
Do you have a dad willing to handcraft a fictional wand generated by a Harry Potter-focused website? Melissa Scholl does.
by Jillian Sandler on August 17, 2013
Cursive's Tim Kasher began a dialogue with Velveeta on Twitter, and got a processed-cheese "album" as a result.
by Luca Cimarusti on May 16, 2013
The interior designer is busy planning and building mini spaces within a colorful workshop.
by Andrea Bauer on December 6, 2013
A condo with 25-foot cathedral ceilings and a rooftop deck doesn't seem like too shabby a space for Shawn and Suzanne Staples to raise a family.
by Andrea Bauer on November 22, 2013
A north-side collective's loft is as much a living, breathing art project as it is a place to lay your head.
by Kevin Warwick on August 29, 2013
Once a tailgating refuge for Notre Dame fans, Becka Joynt's van is now a moving mural and shag-carpeted time capsule of 70s-era van culture.
by Andrea Bauer on August 6, 2013
Pete Klockau and Katie Monachos's house is home to six-foot totems and 200 tiki mugs.
by Andrea Bauer on September 27, 2013
Founded by the late Jay Bennett, Pieholden Suite Sound occupies a former rec center that's over the years become a Chicago icon in its own right.
by Andrea Bauer on October 14, 2013
The cocktail writer guides us through her library of booze.
by Andrea Bauer on May 23, 2013
Kate Goshorn's Humboldt Park spot benefits from some creative interior design and a well-placed window or two.
by Andrea Bauer on October 24, 2013
If your apartment had a fountain room and a sprawling outdoor space shared with good friends, you'd have trouble leaving it, too.
by Andrea Bauer on June 24, 2013
The Trouble in Mind founders have a home overflowing with records and antique toys.
by Andrea Bauer on June 6, 2013
There's something old and something tropic in Laura Moeller and Todd Hembrook's eclectic apartment.
by Andrea Bauer on August 16, 2013
The artist, musician, and collector extraordinaire guides us through his Humboldt house of psych.
by Andrea Bauer on May 6, 2013
The network of lofts built by Nathan Minnehan have transformed a modest Rogers Park studio apartment into an imaginative, boat-like getaway.
by Andrea Bauer on July 22, 2013
A south-side spot simultaneously acts as an unofficial art gallery and an official battleground for board gamers.
by Andrea Bauer on November 8, 2013
The design throughout Lauren Feece's home is influenced by the four years she spent in Puerto Rico working on a coffee plantation.
by Aimee Levitt on September 13, 2013
Lightning be damned, Liz and Alex Gabbard's urban tree house has stood tall for a solid decade.
by Andrea Bauer on July 8, 2013
The massage therapist runs her operation out of a repurposed bank in Avondale.
by Andrea Bauer on April 25, 2013
The storytelling fest hits sweet 16, running three weeks
by Niel Spidle on December 27, 2012
A new biography of the outsider artist has too much to prove, and not enough to prove it with.
by Sam Worley on September 18, 2013
That's the best thing about it.
by Sam Worley on April 3, 2013
Muntu Dance "baby" Asiel Hardison grows up.
by Laura Molzahn on July 10, 2013
Stories can both harm and heal in a new collection by Karen Russell.
by Eleni O'Connor on April 3, 2013
Addiction resembles immortality—or is it the other way around?—in Kathryn Born’s dystopian new novel, The Blue Kind.
by Jena Cutie on January 8, 2013
Veteran Chicago actors perform a staged reading of the classic Stanley Kubrick satire
by Tony Adler on February 14, 2013
With the help of illustrator Nate Powell, a civil rights legend's memoirs become a striking graphic novel.
by Dominic Umile on August 4, 2013
In The Round House, Louise Erdrich settles for an easy target.
by Steve Bogira on April 3, 2013
His oenocentric new novel suffers from sloppy writing and boring protagonists.
by Aimee Levitt on October 21, 2013
The Kids in the Hall vet takes his act to the stage.
by Molly Adams on August 31, 2013
Dan Baum's latest could use more guys, less Baum.
by Aimee Levitt on April 3, 2013
Short takes on five new books
by Sam Worley on April 3, 2013
A classically trained dancer stretches the limits of bharatanatyam with her "mini scale" concert series.
by Laura Molzahn on February 19, 2013
Seattle-based choreographer/visual designer duo makes its Chicago debut.
by Laura Molzahn on February 12, 2013
"All at Once" explores the blessings and horrors of digital media.
by Laura Molzahn on February 26, 2013
Sean Flannery's boozy showcase began a weekly open run at Lincoln Lodge earlier this year. It's worth stumbling in for.
by Kevin Warwick on April 22, 2013
Six paintings by the Harlem Renaissance artist leave the south for the first time since their installation—over half a century ago.
by Janet Potter on March 15, 2013
Dancers interact with real-time recordings of themselves in a mixed-media work by Co'Motion Dance Theater.
by Jena Cutie on December 11, 2013
Sarajevo and Chicago are the poles at each end of Hemon's new collection, The Book of My Lives.
by Rayyan Al-Shawaf on March 15, 2013
Christine Sneed's new novel, Little Known Facts, depicts the darker side of fame.
by Jerome Ludwig on February 18, 2013
The museum puts ancient tools into the hands of modern-day laborers.
by Aimee Levitt on August 26, 2013
In a new collection, Mad Men gets the academic treatment.
by Janet Potter on March 25, 2013
Katherine Shonk reads from her overlooked novel at City Lit Books.
by Aimee Levitt on March 11, 2013
The children's book author Roald Dahl is the theme that unifies Galerie F's first anniversary party.
by Aimee Levitt on July 16, 2013
Street Tempo Theatre stages an orgy of a repertory festival.
by Tony Adler on March 20, 2013
Her dance Mouvements was inspired by a book of figurative drawings by the poet-artist Henri Michaux.
by Laura Molzahn on March 19, 2013
Jackalope Theatre Company supplies a strong revival of an early John Guare play.
by Tony Adler on February 26, 2013
Megan Gailey headlines the debut of a comic showcase.
by Molly Adams on August 23, 2013
Artists Chase Joynt and Mary Bryson swap stories about gender-reassignment surgery and cancer surgery in "Resisterectomy."
by Yasmin Nair on November 25, 2013
Geoffrey G. O'Brien's new volume of poetry explores the terror of the everyday.
by Jena Cutie on August 25, 2013
City Lit Theater presents short dramatic takes on eight nondramatic works at its sixth annual Art of Adaptation Festival.
by Chelsea Hohn on July 17, 2013
The monthly comic showcase celebrates its first birthday.
by Molly Adams on November 4, 2013
At Double Feature, short comic films are presented alongside live stand-up comics.
by Molly Adams on October 21, 2013
It's all premieres all the time at the dance company's annual showcase.
by Laura Molzahn on July 16, 2013
In a new book, Leigh Moscowitz looks at how gay activists harnessed the power of the press.
by Yasmin Nair on December 16, 2013
Are gender and sexuality biological? Performed? Learned? Yes, argues trans activist and biologist Julia Serano in a new book.
by Noah Berlatsky on November 3, 2013
The Skokie native offers incisive commentary with a stoner-sweetheart affect.
by Molly Adams on December 26, 2013
The printmaker, painter, photographer, and animator shows us that op art is still fun.
by Andrea Gronvall on November 4, 2013
With horror on the other side. Choreographer Julia Rae Antonick investigates in a new dance, Cresset: Vibrant, Rusting.
by Jena Cutie on November 27, 2013
It's not just about the parade.
on June 27, 2013
The final stop on CAM's tour of Chicago neighborhoods features a wind chime exhibit, an art walk, and a late-night dance party.
by Sam Worley on October 22, 2013
In a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carré blurs the boundaries between comics and art.
by Noah Berlatsky on December 17, 2013
The Ruffians revive a sweet tale of catastrophe.
by Tony Adler on November 27, 2013
A crass, corrugated puppet tells the story of Moses—with a few philosophical digressions—in this Blind Summit production.
by Tony Adler on October 22, 2013
In Dreaming in French, Alice Kaplan writes about the Gallic adventures of three famous women.
by Aimee Levitt on May 14, 2013
Tsukasa Taiko’s drum-and-dance doubleheader marries classical and contemporary forms—from Japan and Chicago both.
by Jena Cutie on December 18, 2013
The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes tells the story about a powerful seismological event where you'd least expect to find it: The Mississippi Valley.
by Sam Worley on November 5, 2013
The Chappelle's Show alum brings his stand-up to Bronzeville.
by Molly Adams on July 16, 2013
The Southside Ignoramus Quintet adopts an old tradition.
by Molly Adams on October 12, 2013
A young girl examines her family's spooky ocean dynasty in Janice Clark's debut novel.
by Janet Potter on September 9, 2013
In a Chicago showcase, the company wants to get everyone in the same room—and get them dancing.
by Laura Molzahn on March 12, 2013
And there's no excuse for missing the touring production of the blockbuster stage prequel to The Wizard of Oz.
by Tony Adler on November 6, 2013
The renowned dancer offers a personal history of racial identity in Story/Time.
by Jena Cutie on October 23, 2013
The bottom line is "only connect."
by Laura Molzahn on September 5, 2013
The Trainspotting and Skagboys author joins Don De Grazia for a staged reading of their script in progress.
by Jerome Ludwig on June 26, 2013
A new show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography features the pedestrian musings of artists from Vito Acconci to Sohei Nishino.
by Andrea Gronvall on October 15, 2013
The new anthology Trash Animals considers our relationships with the wild and the unwelcome of the animal kingdom.
by Yasmin Nair on November 18, 2013
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's masterful new memoir tracks a radical activist's education in a changing city.
by Yasmin Nair on September 30, 2013
The short Sandwich-to-Go Tour gives one of its dates to Chicago.
by Kevin Warwick on October 15, 2013
Jessie Devereaux curates "A Stranger in Your Arms," just in time for Halloween.
on October 1, 2013
Haunted houses, pumpkin-carving parties, costume contests featuring dogs dressed as bumblebees—we've got it covered.
on October 23, 2013
The stand-up comic—don't even get him started on Chicken McNuggets—would like to lodge a few complaints.
by Kevin Warwick on November 19, 2013
The Joffrey Ballet stages Marius Petipa's tragic romance.
by Jena Cutie on October 16, 2013
Young love, unconsummated, presents its own dangers in Pamela Erens's excellent new novel, The Virgins.
by Hannah Gold on October 6, 2013
An experimental group show at Glass Curtain Gallery wants to upset the art-world order.
on November 18, 2013
The protagonists of her ninth novel, Fin & Lady, wander 1960s New York.
by Hannah Gold on July 19, 2013
In Capital Culture, historian Neil Harris looks at a rich east-coast scion who remade the museum experience.
by Hannah Gold on December 2, 2013
The British comic, coming off a successful summer as host of The Daily Show, is the perfect person to critique the insane world of American politics.
by Janet Potter on October 8, 2013
Using vogue and contemporary ballet, Paige Cunningham Caldarella's new dance examines insecurities.
by Jena Cutie on November 6, 2013
Sex is more than subtext in a group show at Woman Made.
by Noah Berlatsky on July 19, 2013
Artists Daniel Bruttig and Duncan R. Anderson imagine a common background in "Wisconessee."
on September 9, 2013
The choreographer's piece for nine dancers leads the bill at Hubbard Street’s "Fall Series."
by Jena Cutie on October 9, 2013
The musician's death inspired a change in style for the longtime Chicago artist.
by Sarah Nardi on December 3, 2013
As ever, the troupe fuses dance and original live music in celebration of its 15th birthday.
by Laura Molzahn on September 11, 2013
The comic has helped change the way race and class are talked about on TV.
by Molly Adams on June 26, 2013
But not too much.
by Laura Molzahn on June 25, 2013
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presents an on-site response to an 18th-century Neapolitan creche.
by Jena Cutie on December 4, 2013
The prodigal comic comes home for a gig at the Hideout.
by Molly Adams on July 2, 2013
Choreographer Gábor Mihályi's group reinvigorates Eastern European folk dance.
by Jena Cutie on November 20, 2013
In this yearly showcase, members of Margi Cole's Dance COLEctive step up.
by Jena Cutie on October 30, 2013
Court Theatre's revived tour de force seems more meditative than before.
by Tony Adler on November 20, 2013
Atalee Judy returns to her roots.
by Laura Molzahn on June 25, 2013
The inaugural Three Oaks Theater Festival, in southwest Michigan, features three celebrated local productions, plus a premiere.
by Jena Cutie on July 2, 2013
Bert Green Fine Art presents a wide-ranging look at one of conceptualism's founders.
by Andrea Gronvall on September 24, 2013
The fifth annual Naked July offers performance in the buff.
by Chelsea Hohn on June 27, 2013