On the violence, sadness, and hope of 2020
By Maya Dukmasova | Dec 21, 2020
From voter outreach to working for their communities, undocumented immigrants across the Chicago area don’t let their immigration status get in the way of participating politically.
By Paco Alvarez | Dec 21, 2020
COVID-19 hospitalizations at Illinois corrections department leave incarcerated peoples’ loved ones with questions
By Emma Lubitsch | Dec 24, 2020
I think we can all agree the next year has got to be better.
By Ben Joravsky | Dec 21, 2020
When politicians sell out to win, we all lose.
By Leonard C. Goodman | Dec 18, 2020
She earned the title—still he was dissing her! Would he do the same to, say, Dr. Kissinger?
By Deanna Isaacs | Dec 18, 2020
Livestream questions about monsters in bed and mothers-in-law
By Dan Savage | Dec 23, 2020
For example, it can “involve disagreeing about how many coats of paint are needed on a bathroom wall.”
By Dan Savage | Dec 30, 2020
Renaming the landmark for Chicago’s Black founder would be a game-changer, but we can still also refer to Lake Shore Drive by its iconic appellation.
By John Greenfield | Dec 30, 2020
Plus: Self-described “bootgaze” crew the Keener Family return with a second EP one year after their debut.
By J.R. Nelson | Dec 18, 2020
“Something about a recording studio, I think it’s always overlooked as a place for community.”
By Philip Montoro | Dec 22, 2020
We’ve all had a lot to pay attention to this year, but there’s always room for more great music.
By Leor Galil | Dec 21, 2020
With concerts and tours on hold for most of the year, the city’s music scene doubled down on mutual aid and fundraising for community groups.
By Jack Riedy | Dec 21, 2020
The Reader got creative to find ways to keep uplifting Chicago artists in 2020.
By Salem Collo-Julin | Dec 22, 2020
Congress has finally earmarked relief for independent venues, but after more than nine months of mandated closure, that money won’t be enough.
By Jamie Ludwig | Dec 21, 2020
This slide guitarist’s recording career lasted less than a decade, but he changed the world by influencing the likes of Robert Johnson and Elmore James.
By Steve Krakow | Dec 30, 2020
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By Bill Meyer | Dec 22, 2020
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Add these stories rooted in the city to your reading list.
By Adam Morgan | Dec 18, 2020
In a year of loss, artists found momentum and took care.
By Irene Hsiao | Dec 18, 2020
How local creatives made the most of the social media platform in 2020
By Brianna Wellen | Dec 22, 2020
Melissa Leilani Larson and Lavina Jadhwani reimagine a classic for BIPOC voices.
By Catey Sullivan | Dec 29, 2020
Fleetwood-Jourdain spearheads a new collaboration "Celebrating Life, Community and the Arts."
By Catey Sullivan | Dec 30, 2020
In the pandemic, performing artists took care of each other. We should take better care of them.
By Kerry Reid | Dec 31, 2020
Charles Dickens and Ike Holter are unlikely twin spirit guides in two online shows.
By Kerry Reid | Dec 18, 2020
Christmas Eve goes to 11 in Isaac Gómez's workplace comedy; About Face celebrates Black queer lives, past and present.
By Kerry Reid | Dec 23, 2020
Whether through organizing, the arts, or social media, these individuals took the year by the horns and made their mark on Chicago—and the world.
By Gretchen Sterba | Dec 22, 2020
Upcoming events and distractions from our listings coordinator
By Salem Collo-Julin | Dec 25, 2020
When the pandemic hit, I ran to the woods.
by S. Nicole Lane | Dec 22, 2020
Some of the best films of the year meet their matches.
By Becca James | Dec 22, 2020
Chicago restaurants ate shit this year. A lot of shit was still pretty great.
By Mike Sula | Dec 18, 2020
Where to find the print issue every other week
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