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Our most popular stories:

Rayon. Naked. An extensive q&a with Chicago punk legends Naked Raygun. 

Billy Dec, the hardest working man in Chicago. 

Steve Albini is a really good guy, trust us!

City Clerk Susana Mendoza calls it as she sees it

Joe Shanahan, Chicago’s most influential music man

Her song ‘Quiet’ making a loud impact, artist MILCK talks about taking over social media and supplying the anthem for a movement

W. Kamau Bell makes people laugh and think, whatever their shade

Hoop Dreams director Steve James goes one-on-one about Ebert biopic

Gerry Leonard, David Bowie’s music director quietly visits MCA exhibit

Suzanne Vega continues to wear many hats

Writer Alex Kotlowitz: Chicago’s most important storyteller

Urge Overkill is back

Producer Robert Teitel

Legendary newsman John “Bulldog” Drummond may be retired, but he’s still pounding the pavement

Kathleen Hanna refocuses the “riot” to her own family with new album from The Julie Ruin

Writers:

Kevin Coval: Chicago’s unofficial poet laureate makes no small plans

Reporter Mary Wisniewski continues the revival of Nelson Algren with a new biography

Chicago Blues Odyssey: Alan Harper’s Waiting For Buddy Guy

37 years later, a new book tries to set the record straight on Disco Demolition

Writer Alex Kotlowitz: Chicago’s most important storyteller

Renee Rosen, one of Chicago’s finest novelists

Awards and acclaim ensure Cristina Henriquez’s ‘Unknown Americans’ is forever known

James Fearnley

 

Characters: 

For former skinhead leader Christian Picciolini, the road to redemption has many tolls, but continues on

Eileen Tull: Having survived the temple of doom, she’s aiming to find her lost ark

Robin Slonina draws on her Chicago work ethic to take Vegas art scene to next level

W. Kamau Bell makes people laugh and think, whatever their shade

Asra Nomani – A rebel with a cause

Chef Bruno Abate has the appetite to fix a broken system and the recipe — ‘a Recipe For Change’

Mark Bazer taking The Interview Show to WTTW

Amy Guth takes aim at Internet trolls and harrassers

Catherine De Orio, the embodiment of class, smarts and hard work – and the best of Chicago

Billy Dec: the hardest working man in Chicago

Keven Stonewall: Chicago Hope

Art Shay: Possessor of the eternal fire

Lady D, Chicago’s very own first lady of House music

Urge Overkill “Stalker” Beverly Babb

Legendary newsman John “Bulldog” Drummond

Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza

Blake Grigsby

Cameron Esposito: The Now of comedy

She’s Crafty Rhymes the Rhyme well

Adam Selzer: Local historian bringing Sherlock Holmes back to where it started, 100 years later

 

Theater:

Two new Chicago plays tap into the high drama of the newspaper world

Chicago native and former Neo-Futurist Lusia Strus sounds off on the end of ‘Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind’

Mitchell Fain responds to the end of The Santaland Diaries with new tell-all show

New staging of ‘Bleacher Bums’ starts this week and promises to break new ground

Chicago playwright Rick Roberts sure to raise eyebrows and discussion with “Thee Trinity”

Actor Mitchell Fain on The Santaland Diaries

Assassination Theater: a review

Writer/Repoter Hillel Levin on his play Assassination Theater

The Midnight City – Tony Fitzpatrick

Dream comes to fruition for playwright Todd Bauer

 

ART

Ben Blount’s art stirs things up

Maggie Meiners revisits Rockwell and goes from photographer to artist

Jane Saks harnesses art to take on social justice with Project&

Chicago artist Krista Wortendyke uses her camera to speak about Chicago violence

Lou Shields: A rambler, a rocker and an artist

Robin Slonina draws on her Chicago work ethic to take the Vegas art scene to a higher level

Tom Palazzolo: Chicago’s chronicler of the city’s foibles and its oddballs

South Side arts organization recruiting artists to urge state legislators to end budget impasse

Artist George Klauba on his Cuban Revolution inspired paintings

Art Shay: Possessor of the eternal fire

Artist Stephen Martin — the man who chose to become homeless and used it as a muse

Artist Zainab Zeb – global women’s rights activist speaks loudest through her paintings

 

Music:

Her song ‘Quiet’ making a loud impact, artist MILCK talks about taking over social media and supplying the anthem for a movement

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero

Nicole Atkins: No ordinary Jersey girl, returns to Chicago Nov. 25

Chicago Blues Odyssey: Alan Harper’s Waiting For Buddy Guy

Nino Arobelidze: Remember that name

Lou Shields: A rambler, a rocker and an artist

Kathleen Hanna refocuses the “riot” to her own family with new album from The Julie Ruin

Jon Dee Graham’s Crown Jewel: Fitzgerald’s American Music Fest

American Grit: Mike Cooley of Drive By Truckers

Al Scorch: Chicago’s newest musical gift to the world

Bruce Iglauer: One of the last beacons of the blues still going strong

JC Brooks hoping to take his sound from Uptown to the top of the charts

Freakwater makes Bloodshot debut (album review)

Steve Albini

Suzanne Vega continues to wear many hats

Gerry Leonard, David Bowie’s music director quietly visits MCA exhibit

Emerging star Daniel Knox

Urge Overkill is back

Marketa Irglova has found and is sharing her own separate peace with new album, tour

Joe Shanahan, Chicago’s most influential music man

James Fearnley

Hometown band Bailiff ready to take on the world

Southern Belle of the Ball: Marcia Ball

Daniel Martin Moore, a man of soft spoken songs and strong convictions

She’s Crafty

Naked Raygun

A conversation with rock icon Kelley Deal

Lady D, Chicago’s very own first lady of House music

 

FILM

Chicagoan David Singer talks about his first full-length feature film, “Imperfections”

Adam Selzer: Local historian bringing Sherlock Holmes back to where it started, 100 years later

Tom Palazzolo: Chicago’s chronicler of the city’s foibles and its oddballs

ISIS took his life, but the friends of James Foley have taken control of his story with new film that premieres on HBO

John Maloof – the man who took Vivian Maier form the storage bin to the Academy Awards

Director Steve James

Kim Longinotto gives voice to Chicago’s voiceless with Dreamcatcher

Two films from two Chicagoans shine the light on Nelson Algren

Producer Robert Teitel keeps bringing Chicago stories to the big screen

 

Other:

The Rohingya in Chicago: A persecuted Muslim minority with a mission

A Chicago Cubs Game 7 World Series victory – in pictures

Apart for 7 years against her will, a mother’s hope to get her daughter back from Ghana suffers a major setback after recent court action

37 years later, a new book tries to set the record straight on Disco Demolition

The Windy City Rollers

Chicago Girl leads Syrian Revolution from Des Plaines to Damascus

Activist/Journalist responsible for the release of the Laquan McDonald video speaks out

Youth football league founder, coach, says football should be played by adults only

Suburban Chicago couple hopes to inspire other parents, near and far

State Department investigating child abduction case of a girl held in Ghana against a Cook County Judge’s Order

Father in the center of a State Department child abduction investigation speaks out from jail

Photo essay: St. Boniface, Our Lady of urban photography explorers

Mark Bazer taking The Interview Show to WTTW

 

Events:

Bowie Jefferson Park exhibit at the Ed Pasche Center

Jack Denst Exhibit

Beverly Art Walk

 

Columns

 

Bob Chiarito

This is this: To cause change, protesters must keep their eyes on the prize, and know what the prize is

This is This: U.S. State Department investigation into Chicago area girl, father’s incarceration, not enough for Chicago media to take notice

This is This: A New Chicago Folk Hero is born?

This is This: Chicago’s Super Heroes

This is This: My choice for mayor of Chicago

 

Nora Dunn

Are Chicago fans different?

 

Michael Lopez

Raceball

The Mayor’s Ball

Suicide is Painless

March Sadness

The toughest girl I know

Something different from the North Side

 

Katy Jacob

Chicago, You Are Trying To Break My Heart

 

Reviews

This Way Outta Santaland, Mitchell Fain’s new endeavor

The Sign In Sidney Brustein’s Window

Daniel Martin Moore review

Assassination Theater Kills It!

Daniel Martin Moore review

The Midnight City

The Santaland Diaries: Mitchell Fain Kills Again!

Freakwater makes Bloodshot debut (album review)

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