Issue Archive for May 27 - Jun 9, 2021 Vol. 50, No. 18
‘I don’t want to define space, I want to
Artist Faheem Majeed’s new solo exhibition explores the impact and imperfections of the South Side Community Art Center.
By Kerry Cardoza
This week’s issue includes the Cannabis Conversations special section.
Three stories from the front lines of the 2020 protests, when the bridges went up and the statues came down
By Grace Del Vecchio | May 26, 2021
One McDonald’s chain in Chicago received half a million dollars in forgivable federal loans. Then came complaints of COVID-19 safety failures and a deadly outbreak.
By Gabriel Thompson for Reveal | Jun 2, 2021
Uptown residents say plans to sell the lot hint that the operator of Weiss Memorial, which houses an important center for transgender care, could shutter the hospital.
By Adam M. Rhodes | Jun 4, 2021
On losing a loved one at the Thompson Center
By Dan O’Halloran | Jun 2, 2021
It’s not clear why the chain doesn’t exist in Chicagoland, but it was worth the trip to Indianapolis.
By John Greenfield | May 25, 2021
Upcoming events and recommendations for the next seven days
By Salem Collo-Julin | May 28, 2021
Upcoming events and recommendations for the weekend and beyond
By Salem Collo-Julin | Jun 4, 2021
An unexpected movement is taking over neglected landscapes across town.
By Isa Giallorenzo | May 28, 2021
If lefties or right-wingers don’t see anti-Jewish attitudes in their ranks, it’s because they have their eyes closed.
By Ben Joravsky | May 26, 2021
The Pritzker Museum highlights the late cartoonist's 50-year fight with injustice.
By Deanna Isaacs | May 26, 2021
A modest proposal to turn Chicago into more of a boss-o-cracy than it already is
By Ben Joravsky | Jun 3, 2021
Pride exists because of police brutality, so no, they don’t belong.
By Adam M. Rhodes | Jun 3, 2021
It’s deeply irrational for us to expect things to stay the same as the decades grind on.
By Dan Savage | May 26, 2021
Quickies about negative COVID tests and the Permissible Secret Perving test
By Dan Savage | Jun 1, 2021
The artist's new solo exhibition explores the impact and imperfections of the South Side Community Art Center.
By Kerry Cardoza | May 26, 2021
Raised in Little Village, the painter creates quiet art to process grief.
By Natalie Dalea | May 25, 2021
The full musical is on hold, but you can see a streaming mockumentary based on the OG aliens-in-the-desert flick.
By Catey Sullivan | May 24, 2021
See Chicago Dance's annual celebration sustains and supports artists and audiences.
By Irene Hsiao | May 24, 2021
Workers at the pioneering south side space organize against unfair labor practices.
By S. Nicole Lane | May 28, 2021
The performer’s second livestream special breaks out of the confines of his home for something bigger than ever.
By Brianna Wellen | May 27, 2021
A Joyce Foundation grant paves the way for a community playmaking project focused on Black women and girls.
By Kerry Reid | May 28, 2021
One less year (but more relevant classwork) is the aim, says Dexter Bullard.
By Kerry Reid | Jun 3, 2021
An exhibit at the Chicago History Museum offers a new perspective on the enigmatic photographer’s work.
By Darshita Jain | May 27, 2021
Vargo Brother Ferments pretty much anything you can think of.
By Mike Sula | May 25, 2021
Four Star Mushrooms is selling its spent substrate to gardeners and other subversives.
By Mike Sula | Jun 8, 2021
The Chicago Japan Film Collective highlights the country’s lesser-known cinematic works.
By Nina Li Coomes | May 24, 2021
A conversation about representation, creative hustling, and the future of marginalized voices on TV.
By Kelly Hayes | May 27, 2021
The new series takes a familiar formula to unexpected places.
By Cody Corrall | Jun 4, 2021
Whether or not the scares make sense is up for debate.
By Taryn Allen | Jun 4, 2021
Plus: David Singer & the Sweet Science release a timely glam-rock opus, and the Logan Center hosts an outdoor sound-art exhibit in partnership with the Busan Biennale.
By J.R. Nelson | May 25, 2021
The young East Chicago-born DJ balances business studies at Columbia College with a rapidly growing music career.
By Corli Jay | May 25, 2021
By Salem Collo-Julin | May 26, 2021
An online collaboration by four musicians in four states has parlayed pandemic necessity into new forms of creativity—and some tight long-distance friendships.
By Leor Galil | May 26, 2021
“I try and make the music for the dancers—like Teklife, Beatdown House, everybody in the footwork community. It's all for them.”
By Leor Galil | May 27, 2021
Her seven-decade career has included touring with James Brown, writing for Chess, and recording the 1966 hit “In the Basement” with Etta James.
By Salem Collo-Julin | May 31, 2021
Plus: Sunjacket drop a second album of synth-heavy indie rock, and RJ Lake soundtracks a video game about an alien airport run by dogs.
By J.R. Nelson | Jun 1, 2021
In his tragically short life, he careened through rockabilly, monster magazines, pulp novels, and exploitation films—including Ray Dennis Steckler’s Rat Pfink a Boo Boo.
By Steve Krakow | Jun 2, 2021
The Chicago DJ and producer has used tens of thousands of dollars in grants to travel the world, exporting the city’s sounds and importing new influences.
By Debbie-Marie Brown | Jun 4, 2021
By Leor Galil | May 21, 2021
By Leor Galil | May 24, 2021
By Leor Galil | May 25, 2021
By Bill Meyer | May 26, 2021
By Noah Berlatsky | May 27, 2021
By Jamie Ludwig | May 28, 2021
By Matthew Sigur | May 31, 2021
By Leor Galil | Jun 1, 2021
By Monica Kendrick | Jun 2, 2021
By Shannon Nico Shreibak | Jun 3, 2021
By Hannah Edgar | Jun 4, 2021
Join the Chicago Reader Book Club.
| May 28, 2021
An exploration of cannabis and hemp topics from multiple perpsectives: medical, historical, social equity, ecological, and more
| May 27, 2021
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By Cheswayo Mphanza | May 27, 2021
Everything you need to know about expunging and sealing cannabis records in Illinois
| May 27, 2021