I know a fair amount about plants, and gardening, and the pending environmental disaster that we euphemistically refer to as climate change. In fact, I spent two and a half years as a small-scale organic farmer in Detroit, and could probably have thrown together a good 5,000 words about common household substances that not only […]
Whatever else it does include, the new normal at least does not include another Mayor Daley. What a time to be alive! This must be how the French felt long about 1792. But as I promised, this issue isn’t so much about the next mayor. It’s about the city we will soon choose a progressive […]
Monkey Wrench host Arish Singh and collaborator Basim Usmani on political comedy, Trump, and why you can’t trust white liberals.
The pizza’s almost gone here in the Reader newsroom, and you know what that means—election results are starting to come in. Finally! It’s been a long road, hasn’t it? So many memories. Someday we’ll look back on this time and pine for a text message from Paul Vallas that we definitely never gave out our […]
Pundits say they’re sure they know who’s headed for the runoffs, but I’m not so convinced. This city can surprise you with attentiveness, thoughtfulness, and kindness, as much as it is also likely to gut you with blatant displays of self-interest. A few years ago my bag fell off the back of my bike as […]
Happy valentine’s Day! To celebrate our love for you, we got you a LOT of stories about aldermanic campaigns. Our election coverage has been so much fun that even our die-hard music staffers want in on it. Alongside Maya Dukmasova’s look at the 46th Ward, we’re excited to present Leor Galil’s look at the rapper-turned-socialist […]
Friends, I’m writing to you from Beloit, Wisconsin, just a few miles north of the Illinois border, where I have been invited to college up some of the youths of America for a few weeks. I have a class, and the students are great. Brilliant! Hilarious! But I always forget how eager young folks are […]
“Does journalism have a future?” Jill Lepore asked in the most recent issue of the New Yorker, as prankster turned media innovator Jonah Peretti laid off 15 percent of his workforce at BuzzFeed and then refused to pay most former employees their paid time off. Meanwhile, we’re over here adding pages to our print edition, […]
We’re heading into our third week of intensive election coverage here at Reader HQ, and it’s starting to get weird. Unexpected missives from public offices, strange requests from elected officials. A refreshing enthusiasm for speaking to our reporters, on the record and in depth. It’s a big difference from our usual goings-on, which largely focus […]
He just has a funny way of showing it.
The snow finally started—late, OK, but I’d been feeling anxious without it—and it finally feels like winter. We should slow down, right? Cuddle up with a warm mug of something and eight million books and forty million cats and refuse to take out the garbage? Not at the Reader. We’re just getting going. City Life, […]
Nick Drnaso’s New Year’s reading resolutions are Anne Elizabeth Moore’s New Year’s reading resolutions.
Happy New Year, Chicago! Let’s start 2019 off with some great news. Comics are back—right there on page 43. All-new weekly serials from your independent favorites: Local hero Mike Centeno of Futile Comics (and, formerly, Quimby’s Bookstore) launches a strip about the weirdness of skin. Melissa Mendes of Freddy Stories takes a break from her […]
My first appearance in the Reader—following a few decades as a devoted reader—was in a fiction issue, and it always struck me as a fantastic way to round out a year of alternative newsweeklies. Of course to do it right we would have had to have planned it several months in advance, but Karen Hawkins—our […]
I was running errands Saturday and distracted, so when I hit the Fullerton-Pulaski intersection it took me a moment to figure out what was going on. A man with a walker and several full shopping bags had apparently begun crossing the street a few feet outside of the crosswalk and then stopped. A man, in […]