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The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... [Read More]
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The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... [Read More]
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Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... [Read More]
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It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, there it was in the semifinals, running off... [Read More]
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It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... [Read More]
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In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... [Read More]
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Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... [Read More]
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This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... [Read More]
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Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... [Read More]
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Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... [Read More]
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Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... [Read More]
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Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... [Read More]
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Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... [Read More]
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