• Building 63rd House

    Building 63rd House
    On August 5, 1966, near Marquette Park, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was attacked while leading a protest to demand housing desegregation. Several blocks away from this spot stands 3055 W. 63rd, a formerly abandoned post office that turned 100 years old in 2020. This is the location where Blue Tin Production (a worker-run apparel manufacturing cooperative) is now building 63rd House, a hybrid organization headquarters for Blue Tin and community center for the greater neighborhoods of
  • Sales, sanctuaries, giardiniera, and Mortified

    Sales, sanctuaries, giardiniera, and Mortified
    Looking for some things to do? Consider these options! We found some happenings all over the map this time around, including Evanston, Back of the Yards, downtown, Logan Square, South Shore, and the universe of the internet.  FRI 5/20 The Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge, Evanston) is hosting it’s annual rummage sale today until […]
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  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era
    Little of consequence happens in Downton Abbey: A New Era, but that’s sort of the point.The post Downton Abbey: A New Era appeared first on Chicago Reader.
  • The Studebaker gets ready to roll

    The Studebaker gets ready to roll
    Last August, I caught up with Jacob Harvey just as he was taking over as the new (and first-ever) managing artistic director of theaters for the Fine Arts Building. At the time, he noted that with the loss of the Royal George as a midsize rental house, the soon-to-be-remodeled Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts […]
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  • The price of exposure

    The price of exposure
    In Viola Spolin’s seminal work Improvisation for the Theater, the very first exercise listed is named “exposure.” During this exercise, a group of actors are divided into halves and instructed to simply look at others and allow others to look at them. This deceptively difficult task often challenges new performers greatly; not only do they […]
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  • “Just Pray About It”-Changing the Narrative around Mental Health in the Black Community

    “Just Pray About It”-Changing the Narrative around Mental Health in the Black Community
    While May is Mental Health Awareness month, many people are not aware of what mental health is, and why it is important to each person, family, and community. According to SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, “Sixteen percent (4.8 million) of Black and African American people reported having a mental illness, and 22.4 percent of those (1.1 million people) reported a serious mental illness over the past year”. People not included in this count can include those
  • Let’s Talk Excellence: Small Business and Entrepreneurship with Vintrendi Wines

    Let’s Talk Excellence: Small Business and Entrepreneurship with Vintrendi Wines
    What happens when the age-old tradition of wine-making meets modern taste buds? Vintrendi Wines are born. The winemakers at Vintrendi aim to create wines without rules, wines that just taste good. They believe that enjoying a glass of wine doesn’t have to be something that is reserved for “wine snobs”. There’s a time and a place for more serious table wine. Other times you just want to indulge in something comforting and uncomplicated.
    Vintrendi Wines Owner and winemaker,
  • Chicago bassist Nick Macri celebrates some roots and branches on his first solo release

    Chicago bassist Nick Macri celebrates some roots and branches on his first solo release
    Chicago bassist Nick Macri is the model of versatility. He has appeared with a formidable gallery of jazz, folk, and rock musicians, including Ken Vandermark, James Elkington, Laetitia Sadier, Bobby Conn, and instrumental combo Stirrup. Adept on electric bass guitar and acoustic double bass, he can be unassumingly supportive or assertively tuneful, depending on what […]
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  • Take shelter

    Take shelter
    In the Chicago premiere of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young and Unafraid with AstonRep, a group of multitudinous women navigate domesticity, violence, and identity in a cultural landscape that both oppresses and empowers. Set in 1972, just before the Roe v. Wade decision and 22 years before the passage of the Violence Against Women […]
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  • Dictator dictation

    Dictator dictation
    The energy in the Den Theater last Thursday was electric, as The Secretaries, written by Omer Abbas Salem and directed by Laura Alacalá Baker, made its highly anticipated debut with First Floor Theater. The dark comedic play was first developed through Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs and marks Salem’s first full production as a playwright in […]
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  • This bird has flown

    This bird has flown
    Aaron Sorkin’s gonna Sorkin, even when he’s working off someone else’s material. In his new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, now in a short touring stop with Broadway in Chicago, the creator of A Few Good Men, The American President, and The West Wing goes back to the courtyard drama/political grandstanding that […]
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  • Babes with blades

    Babes with blades
    Whether by design or happenstance, Writers Theatre has focused on the theme of women in competition and collaboration this season. In Eleanor Burgess’s Wife of a Salesman, two actors portraying Linda Loman and the “woman from Boston” in a contemporary riff on Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman wonder why their characters in the play-within-the-play […]
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  • Immigrant song

    Immigrant song
    If you’re a fan of Henry Louis Gates’s Finding Your Roots on PBS, then you can probably relate to Annabelle Lee Revak’s impulse to create a musical out of the World War I-era letters of her great-great-grandfather, Joe Loula. As in Gates’s program, the most interesting details in Revak’s Notes & Letters with Underscore Theatre […]
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  • The play about the baby

    The play about the baby
    Reproductive rights cuts both ways: the government deciding that you may not have a child comes from the same authoritarianism that tells you that you must continue an unwanted pregnancy. Given current grim news about the impending SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade, that thought is unavoidable when viewing Zoe Kazan’s dystopian After the Blast.  […]
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  • 17 Best Sugar Baby Websites and Apps to Meet Sugar Babies (2022)

    17 Best Sugar Baby Websites and Apps to Meet Sugar Babies (2022)
    Finding the right sugar baby can be a challenge. Here are the 17 best sugar dating sites and apps for sugar babies and sugar daddies to meet.
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  • Find the Chicago Reader in print every other week

    Find the Chicago Reader in print every other week
    Where to find the Chicago Reader in print every other week. The Reader available free of charge at more than 1,100 Chicago area locations. Issues are dated Thursday, and distributed Wednesday morning through Thursday night of the issue date.
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  • Chess, circus, and the game of life

    Chess, circus, and the game of life
    Here is a riddle for you: What do a game of chess and life have in common?*  Inside the tidy, rule-driven universe of a chess board, seven-year-old Alice stumbles upon the inexplicable and absurd rules of a new world. Every fledgling chess player will empathize as Alice is met with surprise after surprise in this […]
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  • Regina Taylor on Playing Michelle Obama’s Mother in “The First Lady”

    Regina Taylor on Playing Michelle Obama’s Mother in “The First Lady”
    Regina Taylor, a two-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress, playwright, and activist, plays the role of Marian Shields Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother in the Showtime anthology series “The First Lady” which premiered on Sunday, April 17. “The First Lady,” tells the story of women at the heart of the White House, peeling back the curtain of three of America’s most dynamic and beloved First Ladies, Betty Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Michelle Obama.
    “Mic
  • Illinois Candidates Speak at Democratic Candidate Forum

    Illinois Candidates Speak at Democratic Candidate Forum
    The Democratic Women of the Southland Region held its Power of the Public Servant Candidate Forum Saturday, May 14. Democratic candidates answered questions and their positions on several important issues that impact the Southland region.
    In attendance were 1st District Congressional candidates, Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward, Businessman Jonathan Swain, Jonathan Jackson, and Charise Williams; Illinois Secretary of State candidate, Alderman David Moore, 17th Ward; State Representative 79th Distri
  • Rae Lewis-Thornton Opens Up About Trauma In Her Memoir “Unprotected”

    Rae Lewis-Thornton Opens Up About Trauma In Her Memoir “Unprotected”
    Emmy Award-Winning AIDS Activist Rae Lewis-Thornton is celebrating 60 Years of Life/40 Years of Advocacy with a tea party, book signing, and discussion of her anticipated memoir “Unprotected.”
    In 1994, Lewis-Thornton received national acclaim for her cover story about living with HIV/AIDS in Essence Magazine. Lewis-Thornton has appeared in several magazines and television appearances.  She is an author, award-winning blogger, ordained minister, and has a handmade knit and jewelr
  • My CHI. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-Of-School Activities

    My CHI. My Future. Mobile App to Connect Teens With Out-Of-School Activities
    Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and First Lady Amy Eshleman today announced the launch of the My CHI. My Future. (MCMF) mobile app, a significant investment and resource designed to help teens easily find out-of-school programs, events, resources, jobs, and more. This is the first app of its kind nationwide created by a city government. The My CHI. My Future. app is available now on the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.
    The My CHI. My Future. app is the latest project of Mayor Lightfoot and
  • Illinois Becomes First State in The Midwest to Make Ghost Guns Illegal

    Illinois Becomes First State in The Midwest to Make Ghost Guns Illegal
    Legislation pushed by survivors and advocates, including the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), was signed into law today by Governor JB Pritzker, making ghost guns illegal in Illinois — the first state in the Midwest to take such action. “The people creating, selling, and purchasing these firearms know that they’re working to circumvent common-sense gun laws that ensure guns stay out of the hands of traffickers, abusers, and convicted criminals,” said Governor JB
  • President Preckwinkle Announces Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot

    President Preckwinkle Announces Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot
    Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot. The pilot is the nation’s largest publicly funded guaranteed income initiative at $42 million, and Cook County is the first government to commit to a permanent program after the completion of the pilot.
    The Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot will send monthly payments of $500 to 3,250 residents for two years. Applications to participate in the pilot will open this fall.
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  • Gov. Pritzker Announces $20 Million Investment to Boost Equitable Workforce Recovery

    Gov. Pritzker Announces $20 Million Investment to Boost Equitable Workforce Recovery
    Governor JB Pritzker today joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), local officials, and workforce partners to announce $20 million in investments for workforce training and wrap-around services that will bolster equitable workforce recovery for those struggling to gain meaningful employment. Through the Job Training and Economic Development Program (JTED) grants, 44 community-based organizations will serve more than 2,500 individuals, with a special training f
  • The Janes is a call to action

    The Janes is a call to action
    “What we know for a fact is that making abortion illegal does not stop women from seeking abortions, it just keeps them from getting safe abortions.”
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  • The Devil Bell Hippies: Chicago’s greatest avant-garde band that only kind of exists

    The Devil Bell Hippies: Chicago’s greatest avant-garde band that only kind of exists
    When I finished college downstate and moved to the Windy City in 1995, the Chicago no-wave scene was breaking apart. While still in school, I’d often driven three hours to catch gigs here, and after my move I caught the last shows by local no-wave stars the Scissor Girls and Lake of Dracula.  The original […]
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  • President Biden Announces Clemency, Pardons for 78 People

    President Joe Biden announced a $145 million plan to provide job skills training to federal inmates to help them gain work when they are released.
     
    By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National [email protected]
    President Joe Biden announced he’s using his clemency powers for the first time, issuing commutations for 75 drug offenders.
    Biden also issued three pardons, including to the first Black Secret Service agent to work on a presidential detail, who had long profes
  • Calumet City Honors Eula Bell Lofton on 110th Birthday

    Calumet City Honors Eula Bell Lofton on 110th Birthday
    Photo: Ms. Eula Bell Lofton and the Calumet City Council
     
    Thaddeus Jones-Mayor of Calumet City, Illinois was joined by the Calumet City Council, Regional elected officials, and residents as they honored and celebrated the 100th Birthday of Cook County’s oldest retired nurse, Ms. Eula Bell Lofton. Ms. Lofton was honored during a recent Calumet City City Council meeting and at her birthday party that was held at the Victory Centre in Calumet City.
    Ms. Eula Bell Lofton and Calumet City
  • Nike Celebrates 50 Years as Champions of Athlete and Sport through new “Seen It All” Anthem

    Nike Celebrates 50 Years as Champions of Athlete and Sport through new “Seen It All” Anthem
    Over the past 50 years, Nike has been a champion for athletes and sports. With their 50th anniversary, the brand looks to the past for inspiration as they expand sports for a new generation.  Timed with its 50th anniversary, Nike released its latest global brand anthem, “Seen It All,” celebrating the strength of Nike’s past and the promise of its future.
    “At Nike, we have an innate desire to be better. Innovation is in our DNA. What sets us apart is how we express th
  • Pritzker Administration Takes Action to Support Families Amid Baby Formula Shortage

    Pritzker Administration Takes Action to Support Families Amid Baby Formula Shortage
    The State of Illinois is taking a series of important steps to help families get the safe formula they need in response to the current, nationwide infant formula shortage.
    In coordination with the USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Illinois retailers are being encouraged to set aside formula for low-income families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
    The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has also trained caseworkers to

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