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From a troubled corner on the west side, Chicago police captain Roger Bay sees the promise of preventing violence one storefront and milk crate at a time.
by Mick Dumke on July 10, 2013
Andre Davis was more than 20 years into a murder sentence when DNA evidence tied another man to the crime scene. But Andre's long wait to be released from prison was far from over.
by Jordan Michael Smith on September 5, 2013
Why is the Chicago public school enrollment overwhelmingly low-income? Because when push comes to shove, the city's middle-class parents often shove off for the suburbs.
by Steve Bogira on September 24, 2013
Instead of focusing on test scores, school officials should work on reducing its staggering proportion of low-income students.
by Steve Bogira on November 13, 2013
Having failed at desegregation, Chicago has tried instead to provide quality education in poor, racially isolated schools. That hasn’t worked either.
by Steve Bogira on June 13, 2013
How heroin—and dealers—moved from the city to eastern Iowa
by Mick Dumke on December 18, 2013
Simeon Career Academy's veteran high school coach has spent three decades building an unlikely baseball dynasty. Will Leroy Franklin and his Wolverines finally get the recognition they deserve?
by Adam Doster on April 25, 2013
Critics say the deal is dangerous for drivers and damaging to the skyline. But to the city, the promise of $155 million in revenue looms large.
by Deanna Isaacs on August 6, 2013
The open-air drug market on the west side thrives in the same way that legal businesses do—by meeting demand, capitalizing on a cheap and plentiful workforce, and offering excellent customer service.
by Mick Dumke on December 4, 2013
West Humboldt’s new war on drugs: Open a business
by Mick Dumke on March 20, 2013
Even Chicago school officials allow that they're giving students too many standardized tests. Will they really cut back?
by Steve Bogira on March 27, 2013
Kelvyn Cockrell started going to Henson elementary at age six, and he never stopped. But now that the school is among 50 closed by CPS, he'll have to.
by Steve Bogira on June 26, 2013
When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, most blacks here were living in poor, segregated neighborhoods. They still are.
by Steve Bogira on August 21, 2013
I sat down with six ex-cops to talk about policing and excessive force–and to find out why cops do what they do.
by Francine J. Sanders on September 18, 2013
How a medieval court system is costing you money—and compromising safety
by Mick Dumke on October 16, 2013
Is there a cure for Chicago's crippling dependence on firearms?
by Mick Dumke on May 8, 2013
Bobby Cann was a 26-year-old bike commuter who preached safe cycling. Ryne San Hamel was a 28-year-old motorist who'd just left a crowded bar. Their collision raises questions about whether we're too lenient toward those who drink and drive.
by Keith Griffith on October 30, 2013
Should a Chicago Public Schools teacher have used "nigger" in a sixth-grade class?
by Steve Bogira on January 23, 2013
The shipwreck of the Silver Spray has rested a stone's throw from the Hyde Park shoreline for nearly 100 years—but it may not be around for much longer.
by Julia Thiel on February 27, 2013
Pedro Flores is the U.S. government's star witness in the largest drug trafficking case in Chicago history. But should the DEA have looked the other way as he and his twin brother brought truckloads of coke into the city?
by Jason McGahan on November 7, 2013
What makes Chicago work? We selected 19 people—with passions like brewing beer or fixing bikes or curating performance art—to shed light on the city's many moving parts.
on December 12, 2013
Dana Bostic's gang-affiliated west-side drug organization employed dozens of residents, served thousands of customers, established ties with Mexican drug cartels, and relied on violence to stay in business.
by Mick Dumke on February 14, 2013
Some of America's best-known companies and largest temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as "raiteros," who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.
by Michael Grabell/ProPublica on May 2, 2013
Organizers of the Chicago contingent in the 1963 March on Washington say it's time for another movement.
by Steve Bogira on August 21, 2013
Five historic shipwrecks—and perhaps some preserved corpses
by Julia Thiel on February 27, 2013
Gangs aren't the only problem in Woodlawn.
by Steve Bogira on March 20, 2013
The threat to close a quarter of Chicago's public grammar schools has the city in a tizzy.
by Ben Joravsky on March 5, 2013
Advocates fight for patients a year after Rahm shuttered mental health clinics across the city.
by Ben Joravsky on March 26, 2013
Mayor Emanuel doesn't have to fight City Council proposals he doesn't like—he just buries them.
by Ben Joravsky on February 19, 2013
Activists aren't waiting for another movement (or another Martin Luther King) to push for change.
by Mick Dumke on August 21, 2013
by Philip Montoro on December 12, 2013
Mike Lenehan's Ramblers aims to go behind the headlines about racial integration and the 1963 NCAA regional semifinals.
by Michael Miner on March 6, 2013
Conclusions to draw from a yearlong Freedom of Information Act battle between the Chicago Public Schools and Glenn Krell, an intrepid north-side parent.
by Ben Joravsky on February 14, 2013
Terminations of newspaper employees aren't what they used to be—just ask labor lawyer Sheribel Rothenberg.
by Michael Miner on May 22, 2013
The treatment of teachers at Lincoln Park High raises questions about Mayor Emanuel's other school pledges
by Ben Joravsky on April 30, 2013
Chicago Public Schools officials offer a lesson in confiscating books.
by Ben Joravsky on March 19, 2013
But remains a member in good standing of the troupe of oddball media makers.
by Michael Miner on October 9, 2013
He may not be Saul Alinsky, but at the moment, James McHugh is all we've got.
by Ben Joravsky on October 8, 2013
The prestigious University of Chicago Lab Schools respect and reward teachers—so why can't the public schools?
by Ben Joravsky on May 7, 2013
The Trib got more than it bargained for with the story of a homeless substitute teacher.
by Michael Miner on March 20, 2013
Teachers get pink slips—and Vienna Beef gets a subsidy.
by Ben Joravsky on July 9, 2013
The scourge of a pink-wrapped ad rag
by Michael Miner on May 30, 2013
Why does a developer need a $14 million subsidy to build on the north lakefront?
by Ben Joravsky on December 10, 2013
How the school "consolidation" plan could make teaching and learning even harder.
by Ben Joravsky on April 2, 2013
The Tribune's Mark Gonzales is the winner of our 33rd annual Baseball Acumen Test. But the playing field is smaller.
by Michael Miner on April 3, 2013
One with more listener-generated content, more audience participation, and fewer paid contributors
by Michael Miner on June 13, 2013
The mayor moves to buy land for a hotel and basketball arena.
by Ben Joravsky on August 6, 2013
Twenty years is a long time for anyone to run anything.
by Michael Miner on August 14, 2013
The mayor prepares to take tax money from public education and use it on a sports facility for DePaul.
by Ben Joravsky on May 23, 2013
Kari Lydersen's new book explains how Emanuel earned the nickname "Mayor 1 Percent."
by Ben Joravsky on September 17, 2013
UNO fights to keep financial records secret.
by Ben Joravsky on December 17, 2013
A Chicago Public Schools principal explains why she pink-slipped teachers to balance her budget.
by Ben Joravsky on August 13, 2013
After closings and cuts around the city, the mayor finds $18 million for an affluent neighborhood school.
by Ben Joravsky on November 26, 2013
But a couple of the president's most persistent local critics have showed him unexpected love.
by Michael Miner on September 24, 2013
Facts matter to Huppke as they do to all reporters, but only Huppke has written their obituary.
by Michael Miner on December 17, 2013
A new film project tries to capture the life of the physician who takes care of Chicago.
by Ben Joravsky on October 15, 2013
There's nothing uniquely Middle Eastern about a news medium that hears one voice much more clearly than another.
by Michael Miner on July 17, 2013
Mayor Emanuel ignores his own reform panel in pledging $55 million for an arena and hotel.
by Ben Joravsky on May 28, 2013
Mayor Emanuel delivers another $457 million to the scam his predecessor created.
by Ben Joravsky on July 16, 2013
The City Council's progressive caucus holds a budget hearing, because someone has to.
by Ben Joravsky on November 5, 2013
A new lawsuit shows how taxpayers footed the bill so the White Sox can make millions.
by Ben Joravsky on April 23, 2013
Council independents could force a vote on proposals the mayor wants buried.
by Ben Joravsky on October 22, 2013
Possible explanations for why Rahm sees fit to bulldoze buildings and opponents
by Ben Joravsky on August 27, 2013
Akbar Ahmed's new book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam, exposes a subtlety and complexity that ought to matter more.
by Michael Miner on October 22, 2013
Chicago Reporter's new editor intends to carry the torch for long-form journalism while adapting to the digital age.
by Michael Miner on August 27, 2013
Touring the site of a future basketball arena and two hotels that will kill jobs, raise taxes, and make our schools even broker than they already are
by Ben Joravsky on September 3, 2013
With a pardon at stake, two wrongful convictions in a double murder case get the reverse spin.
by Michael Miner on November 5, 2013
With the latest round of budget cuts, Mayor Emanuel dooms the education polices he forced into place.
by Ben Joravsky on June 25, 2013
Women's setbacks in the newsroom have become more like men's. That's good—and bad.
by Michael Miner on July 30, 2013
After a new charter school opened in his ward, an alderman wants to know which kids have benefited.
by Ben Joravsky on September 24, 2013
The storied Tribune columnist gets a "mea culpa" from Trib theater critic Chris Jones.
by Michael Miner on May 1, 2013
Most of the City Council still wimps out, but it's a start.
by Ben Joravsky on November 19, 2013
But members of the city's progressive caucus are determined to keep the elected school board issue alive.
by Ben Joravsky on December 3, 2013
A coming app aims to spare listeners the clutter of the news.
by Michael Miner on December 3, 2013
What would have happened to JFK if he'd been scrutinized by the media in the same way as Obama?
by Michael Miner on November 19, 2013
The city levels a swath of the south-side community to make way for a rail yard.
by Ben Joravsky on July 30, 2013
In his new memoir, After Visiting Friends, Michael Hainey solves the mystery of his father's death.
by Michael Miner on February 6, 2013
The fight over the Park Grill deal shows some insiders have more clout than others.
by Ben Joravsky on October 29, 2013
Alison True's johnwaynegacynews.com pushes for greater transparency in the search for more victims of the executed serial killer.
by Michael Miner on April 17, 2013
As a Chicago parent discovered, city officials can't hand over records if they've already destroyed them.
by Ben Joravsky on May 14, 2013
Stony Island by any other name would still cut through decades of Chicago racial politics.
by Ben Joravsky on October 1, 2013
Illinois's new cannabis program will help some ill patients, but its many rules, restrictions, and uncertainties are a real buzz kill.
by Mick Dumke on July 24, 2013
As resources pour into city land deals, little money's left for youth programs.
by Ben Joravsky on September 10, 2013
Something summery every day, from now until Labor Day
on May 16, 2013
In pressing for school closings and a new meter deal, Rahm doesn't let facts get in the way.
by Ben Joravsky on June 13, 2013
Mayor Emanuel would rather fire 1,000 teachers than give up his biggest slush fund.
by Ben Joravsky on July 23, 2013
Depends on who you ask
by Michael Miner on September 10, 2013
Rahm does to the Golden Jet what he's trying to do to the schools.
by Ben Joravsky on July 2, 2013
In the battle of the acronyms, New York fared better than Chicago
by Ben Joravsky on December 28, 2012
The once-successful Blue Demons helped transform DePaul from the little school under the el to the largest Catholic university in the country. Can DePaul now help the team recover some of its fading glory?
by Adam Doster on January 9, 2013
How Mayor Emanuel could turn Jones high into a neighborhood school—and win my almost undying support
by Ben Joravsky on January 8, 2013
So of course he is.
by Ben Joravsky on January 29, 2013
State representative Rita Mayfield isn't from the city, but who else is sticking up for its taxpayers?
by Ben Joravsky on February 26, 2013
Has the flush toilet done more for society than the digital revolution? According to some journalists, yes.
by Michael Miner on January 22, 2013
A close look at how Chicago officials shutter public schools
by Ben Joravsky on January 22, 2013
Mayor Emanuel sticks it to the poor to collect a few million bucks a year.
by Ben Joravsky on March 12, 2013
The former congressman leaves Chicago without independents.
by Ben Joravsky on January 15, 2013
Even in Chicago, an unknown on a kamikaze mission can end up winning the mayor's office.
by Ben Joravsky on April 9, 2013
And it's a sign of the times that 12,000 resumés are awaiting review.
by Michael Miner on February 20, 2013
Andre Davis was sentenced to 80 years for an unforgivable crime—a crime he swore he didn't commit. Two decades later, someone finally started taking his innocence claims seriously.
by Jordan Michael Smith on August 28, 2013
The guild says it cut off an arm to save the company—and now it's time to show some love. But the company gently sends the message: This is not all about you.
by Michael Miner on January 9, 2013
"If you buy a dog on the Internet, and they tell you, 'I'll bring you the dog, and I'll meet you in the Red Roof Inn parking lot'—no, no, no, no, no."
by Anne Ford on April 18, 2013
"We get people who submit to us, and the story is predictable and lame, and there’s so many misspellings. The guy always gets the girl, or the girl always gets the guy."
by Anne Ford on April 3, 2013
"Ever since open adoption has existed, hopeful parents have tried to reach out to expectant mothers by placing ads, leaving flyers. Now we have social media."
by Anne Ford on March 15, 2013
"It was as if chairs were alive, beds were alive, bricks in a building had their own intentionality."
by Anne Ford on November 4, 2013
"I have a lot of kids who are so excited to see me, they're waving, and then when they get up to me, they're a little bit scared. I tell 'em, 'Santa never hurt anybody.'"
by Anne Ford on December 13, 2013
"About two or three times a year, I'll have a kid who has puppet phobia."
by Anne Ford on August 26, 2013
"There is no occasion wherein I am outside of the presence of God. This interview is a God experience."
by Anne Ford on October 22, 2013
"The best gun for the situation is the biggest one you can handle safely. The bigger the gun, the easier it is to shoot."
by Anne Ford on August 9, 2013
"Detroit was once the capital of automobiles, and Chicago is and will remain the capital of pinball."
by Anne Ford on May 16, 2013
"I had never really thought of myself as desirable. And then one day I realized: I'm fine."
by Anne Ford on September 6, 2013
"A bird can hit a window at 30 miles per hour, so that's like you going through your windshield at 30 miles per hour."
by Anne Ford on May 1, 2013
"We've yet to play 'Brown Eyed Girl,' which is an impressive feat."
by Anne Ford on November 15, 2013
"You're not supposed to pick them out, but I said, 'I'm gonna pick this little one out.' She was so tiny, about the same size as a quarter. She thought I was her mom.'
by Anne Ford on October 4, 2013
"If they had just another inch, my baby could wear this: 'Well, maybe mama can move the button.' It just wasn't enough. They was still a little bit snuggie."
by Anne Ford on November 29, 2013
"The closed captioning on your TV—that's a court reporter. I know, right? That's us back there."
by Anne Ford on June 13, 2013
"Anywhere there's a crack of dirt in the sidewalk, a medicinal plant will grow."
by Anne Ford on May 30, 2013
“I role-play with medical students, playing a patient with a terminal disease. The diagnosis changes all the time, but generally it's cancer.”
by Anne Ford on September 20, 2013
"We were cleaning out this property, and we'd pick up a couch, and kittens would fall out of it."
by Anne Ford on February 28, 2013
"I'm not looking to get paid or anything, but I would accept the money. There’s so many cool things to buy. Video games are pretty cool."
by Anne Ford on July 1, 2013
"They just spent a year in a place most 'em damn near almost died in, and now they’re gonna take orders from a guy who’s gonna make sure they’re sweeping the floors."
by Anne Ford on January 4, 2013
"[Charles Steffen] never had, as far as I know, any relationship with a woman. So he was naive about drawing female anatomy, so much so that he would just leave it blank."
by Anne Ford on July 11, 2013
"When my dad and I started approaching the city limits and seeing the buildings, that was the first time I started to feel sad, which was strange, 'cause that was the time I should have felt most excited."
by Anne Ford on July 26, 2013
"Some Hollywood looks don't work in everyday life. In real life, we don't sew you into your clothes."
by Anne Ford on February 15, 2013
Recognizing some of the most unforgettable deeds by our local elected leaders in 2013
by Ben Joravsky on December 23, 2013
Under Rahm's new agreement, the public will continue enriching private investors.
by Mick Dumke on June 6, 2013
And it gets the cold shoulder again, anyway. Plus: an unstable ex and a porn-jealous girlfriend.
by Dan Savage on October 24, 2013
A quick Q&A to address various of your . . . needs
by Dan Savage on September 5, 2013
Another story of mismatched libidos. Plus: Can poly people get in on the acronym game?
by Dan Savage on December 12, 2013
Savage Love has been around for 20 years and people are still having trouble figuring out what the clitoris is all about. Here's a reminder from the archives.
by Dan Savage on December 26, 2013
Plus: Rob Delaney offers advice on dating someone with depression.
by Dan Savage on November 28, 2013
Women can propose marriage too! Plus: Can a gay guy fulfill his fantasies with a pro dom?
by Dan Savage on December 19, 2013
And how to deal with it. Plus: A groped girlfriend and a lonely middle-aged single.
by Dan Savage on August 29, 2013
And other uncomplicated questions. Plus: An easier anal experience.
by Dan Savage on July 18, 2013
Plus: Does marriage spell the end of adventuring?
by Dan Savage on November 7, 2013
Plus: Debby Herbenick stops by to investigate a missing clitoris.
by Dan Savage on September 26, 2013
Enough with all the little deaths. This week: big death!
by Dan Savage on October 17, 2013
Plus: Top reasons why you should sleep with that colleague
by Dan Savage on October 3, 2013
Plus: Are divergent libidos grounds to end a relationship?
by Dan Savage on November 21, 2013
How cock sheaths measure up. Plus: Yet another reason to dump your asshole boyfriend.
by Dan Savage on September 12, 2013
Plus: Tips from Siouxsie Q on getting the group sex experience you deserve
by Dan Savage on October 31, 2013
Just the Halifax, ma'am: Savage fields sex Qs from curious Canadians.
by Dan Savage on October 10, 2013
Plus: How bad an idea is it to sleep with your boss's 18-year-old son?
by Dan Savage on December 5, 2013
How to date porn stars, current and former. Plus: Postbreakup libidos and newlywed threesomes.
by Dan Savage on July 4, 2013
More no-brainers from the inbox. Plus: another word of advice for FURFAG.
by Dan Savage on July 25, 2013
Questions from a college crowd
by Dan Savage on January 2, 2013
A postmenopausal woman relearns an old trick. Plus: Mom can't find her clit, and a kinkster can't find her former libido.
by Dan Savage on June 27, 2013
Plus: A misplaced cock ring reappears and an online lesbian impersonator reevaluates.
by Dan Savage on November 14, 2013
What to do about neighbors who won't keep it down. Plus: Do you need to disclose that blow job?
by Dan Savage on September 19, 2013
Plus: A lot of exclamation marks, and a word on The Walking Dead
by Dan Savage on January 16, 2013
The long and the short of it. Plus: further additions to the sexual lexicon.
by Dan Savage on January 9, 2013
Plus: Defriending an evil bitch and remembering Dear Abby
by Dan Savage on January 23, 2013
Plus: Dump the racist motherfucker already.
by Dan Savage on March 14, 2013
How to handle "the talk." Plus: blind to all but the Adonises
by Dan Savage on February 14, 2013
Notes on chastity belts
by Dan Savage on March 7, 2013
Giving an open relationship another chance. Plus: Vaginal sex is still not the only kind of sex.
by Dan Savage on February 7, 2013
Genderqueer fashion etiquette and gay strip clubs. Plus: How much is too much for an engagement ring?
by Dan Savage on February 21, 2013
Plus: It’s never too early to start thinking about birth control.
by Dan Savage on February 28, 2013
But is it safe? Plus: Affairs foreign and extramarital.
by Dan Savage on July 11, 2013
Plus: What to do about the dudes eyeing you, post weight loss.
by Dan Savage on August 1, 2013
An expert can attest! Plus: Avoiding the forced march to orgasm.
by Dan Savage on April 11, 2013
Plus: The dick wants what the dick wants.
by Dan Savage on March 28, 2013
Plus: Should I seek closure for an old violation?
by Dan Savage on May 23, 2013
Plus: A husband's kinky fantasy, a student's older acquaintance, and another view on surrogate partner therapy.
by Dan Savage on April 4, 2013
Plus: Improved orgasms with weed!
by Dan Savage on April 18, 2013
A husband who should keep his fantasies to himself. Plus: Mind control porn and a cheating piece of shit.
by Dan Savage on June 6, 2013
It's OK to date your john. Plus: A slave clears the record and a girlfriend wants her own kinky clarity.
by Dan Savage on May 30, 2013
Or his bragging about all the pussy he's getting. Plus: a pedophile father's legacy.
by Dan Savage on August 8, 2013
A selection from the Savage Love archives
by Dan Savage on March 21, 2013
A light Love after a heavy week
by Dan Savage on April 25, 2013
Advice this week—on rough fantasies and shitty relationships—comes from author Daniel Bergner and blogger-activist Chris Savage.
by Dan Savage on August 15, 2013
Plus: It’s time to dump the deadbeat.
by Dan Savage on May 9, 2013
Plus: Are missing fingers an impediment to finding love?
by Dan Savage on August 22, 2013
Maybe "entitled asshole" isn’t her type. Plus: Sex during wartime and facilitating an affair.
by Dan Savage on May 2, 2013
Plus: Gays have 99 problems, but drunk straight girls making out ain't one.
by Dan Savage on May 16, 2013
Plus: A military wife strays and a dom’s girlfriend gets nervous.
by Dan Savage on June 13, 2013
Does smut encourage inappropriate urges or does it divert them? Plus: A gay man's mommy dearest.
by Dan Savage on June 20, 2013
In an effort to bolster the business of his flower shop, Ardy Taveerasert added table tennis—because that makes perfect sense, right?
by Aimee Levitt on September 1, 2013
The North Center studio is way more than just masks.
by Chelsea Hohn on June 13, 2013
The Avondale ice cream shop doubles as a hub for the north side's paleta slingers.
by Luca Cimarusti on July 1, 2013
A one-stop shop for vestments, cassocks, chalices, rosaries, and communion wafers.
by Aimee Levitt on October 1, 2013
Now an office building, it was once a redoubt for wary jewelers—and Al Capone.
by Aimee Levitt on May 23, 2013
The former substation now acts as a live-in studio for a trio of sculptors.
by Rachel Graf on November 11, 2013
Logan Square's Disco City appears to have an identity crisis—but it knows exactly what it's doing.
by Gwynedd Stuart on April 26, 2013
Books on sorcery and the satanic scriptures can be found on the shelves, but the cozy Edgewater spot is more welcoming than its dark texts suggest.
by Tosten Burks on August 19, 2013
Now a nondescript purveyor of handsaws, Meyers Ace Hardware was formerly a local jazz mecca visited by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Count Basie.
by Aimee Levitt on October 22, 2013
A model-railroad club uses a local community center to house its current working creation, which features nine stops and 1,500 feet of track.
by Aimee Levitt on November 25, 2013
Alderman Judy Fiske splits her time between tending to Evanston's First Ward and her pet shop, Fit + Frisky.
by Mac Irvine on July 18, 2013
The hackerspace Pumping Station: One built a replica of a TARDIS and then went ahead and hoisted it up on the roof.
by Luca Cimarusti on December 16, 2013
Chicago Lights Urban Farm transitioned from being a seasonal community garden to a full-fledged, year-round farm in 2010.
by Jillian Sandler on November 2, 2013
The Maker Lab at the Harold Washington Library Center allows you the opportunity, in person, to be mystified by the process of 3-D printing.
by Jillian Sandler on August 11, 2013
The Donald E. Stephens Museum of Hummels houses over 4,000 miniature ceramic sculptures—each of them staring down your every move.
by Aimee Levitt on July 27, 2013
A parking garage that resembles a Rolls-Royce is significantly more fascinating than a parking garage that resembles a parking garage.
by Luca Cimarusti on May 9, 2013
Richard J. Daley is inextricably tied to Bridgeport, sure, but what's up with the stopover in Auburn-Gresham?
by Aimee Levitt on June 25, 2013
The Leaning Tower of Niles was built as a grand homage to the original in Pisa—and to store water for swimming pools.
by Aimee Levitt on August 3, 2013
Northwestern's old Patten Gymnasium was the site of the first-ever NCAA tournament championship.
by Kevin Warwick on March 21, 2013
Andy DeLaRosa's Gallery B1e took on a life of its own as it spilled from a modest storefront space into an outdoor lot.
by Aimee Levitt on September 7, 2013
The Paramount Room has a new bike repair stand for the hundreds of cyclists who ride along Milwaukee.
by Julia Thiel on October 1, 2013
Cafe Chicago is a unique coffee co-op that aims to lend a hand to low-income immigrant laborers.
by Summer Concepcion on December 3, 2013
As the Near North Side blossoms with swanky hotels and tourist-focused restaurants, a few of the neighborhood's sex stores are intent on hanging around.
by Aimee Levitt on October 26, 2013
The anechoic chamber at Northwestern might make you a little too aware of your own heartbeat.
by Jillian Sandler on October 6, 2013
The city-block-wide costume superstore has supplied Oprah with elf outfits and plenty of fat guys with oversized diapers.
by Gwynedd Stuart on July 25, 2013
We get the guided tour of the Truc Lam Buddhist Temple, a formerly dilapidated Masonic lodge turned meeting place for the Vietnamese Buddhist community.
by Aimee Levitt on July 5, 2013
The Lakefront Path's intersection at Illinois Avenue is congested . . . and confusing
by Kevin Warwick on February 19, 2013
A real-life Medieval Times in Hyde Park, or something
by Hannah Gold on January 21, 2013
Hector Alvarenga transformed his home into an art installation of mostly discarded junk.
by Gwynedd Stuart on May 30, 2013
Humboldt Park houses a pair of bronze bison with a connection to the Chicago World's Fair.
by Hannah Gold on March 1, 2013
Of course the Filbert's Root Beer factory houses a bottled collection of flavored sodas . . . but what’s this about beer cans?
by Aimee Levitt on April 1, 2013
Almost a decade since its closing, the Brach's Candy Factory sits abandoned and neglected.
by Janey Lee on April 15, 2013
Barkaat Foods occupies a slaughterhouse on the south side that's the last of its kind.
by Aimee Levitt on April 18, 2013
Dennis Mascari created a monument to the Cubs where the faithful can spend eternity.
by Aimee Levitt on June 6, 2013
This lot is still full of gravel, but that doesn't stop it from being art
by Hannah Lorenz on May 16, 2013
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