Three-day bash hits Grant Park this weekend
Chicago's run of summer music shows culminates this weekend with the grandfather of all contemporary American rock ‘n’ roll festivals. That’s right, folks: Lollapalooza is stomping back into town. Read More...
Blood-soaked "El Grito del Bronx" doesn’t work
The program of “El Grito del Bronx” describes the play’s setting as a “poetic dreamscape,” but it inhabits far earthier territory. A partnership between Collaboraction Theatre and Teatro Vista, “Bronx” is nominally the tale of a woman trying to outrun the shadow of her violent family history. But more specifically it’s a blood-soaked exercise in histrionics and emotional heavy lifting. Read More...
Nightwood's seasonal offerings were a mixed bag
A windowed box on an evolving stretch of South Halsted, Nightwood feels appealingly out of the way, though it’s gotten a lot more ink - digital and print - than most recent restaurant openings. Read More...
Print culture in Chicago is rich and diverse. In 1860, the city boasted 11 daily newspapers, several in the European languages spoken by immigrants of the time. And while that culture is changing due to the broader economy and the evolution of Web publishing, two exhibitions currently on display demonstrate how Chicagoans in the past and today circulated their ideas, critiques and opinions on paper. Read More...
Grocery Bistro has some tasty items, but the price isn’t quite right
Grocery Bistro opened in the West Loop last March amidst buzz and rave reviews - yet another hip restaurant crafting local foods into mouth-watering fare, communal table and all. Read More...
Annual show in Union Park remains a rock mecca
Since the summer of 2006, the trapezoid-shaped Union Park on the Near West Side has hosted what has become one of the most important indie rock events in all the land: the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. Read More...
Most of the stories in Aleksandar Hemon’s new collection, Love and Obstacles, take place in Chicago and Bosnia, but they’re less dependent on the specifics of place than most immigrant fiction. The real terrain Hemon pursues is that of shared memory and the few remaining corners of a well-examined life. Read More...
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The former Beatrice Cold Storage Building located at 1530 S. State is known throughout the South Loop as one of the premier addresses for warehouse conversion lofts. The homes offer soaring ceilings, thick concrete walls and floors for great sound insulation, and charming exposed ductwork. An in-building exercise room and large entertainment room with sizeable outdoor deck, as well as friendly door staff, make the amenities top-notch. Read more...
Seen from the Nichols Bridgeway, the pedestrian bridge that connects Millennium Park to the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing, the hard lines of Loop skyscrapers and the organic shapes of the park unite as if they had always been together. The view - the facades of Michigan Avenue’s older buildings, kids running around, the lake to the east — is incredible. Read More...