He’s All That is an update to the 90s teen rom-com classic that we didn’t really need. This time around the Freddie Prinze Jr. role is filled by TikTok star Addison Rae, playing high-school influencer Padgett who after being meme-ified during a livestream breakup must for some reason make over the school loner (breakout heartthrob […]
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A glimpse at how stand-ups coped during the pandemic and made their triumphant return to telling jokes again.
Alex Grelle’s second livestream special breaks out of the confines of his home for something bigger than ever.
Two comedians want their new game to get people talking.
Ezra Furman’s soundtrack for Netflix’s Sex Education provides coming-of-age anthems for all stages of life.
We have a tradition here at the Reader of tasking one of the city’s most talented illustrators, Jason Wyatt Frederick, with creating a Where’s Waldo-esque tableau every year for Pitchfork, filled with a who’s who of Chicago personalities and small visual puzzles spelling out the music fest’s lineup. When it seemed clear that we would […]
The positives of the year look different for everyone. The losses and gains have been very personal, so in turn the issue turned out that way too. It reads like group therapy—writers were given space to acknowledge what’s being left behind and then move forward with optimism, maybe even excitement about what the city still has to offer us. Reader poll results were determined by you, the readers!
Buying local merch helped us keep our cool in 2020.
Not every edible needs to knock you on your ass. It’s a lesson that took me until 2020 to learn. My first experience with eating weed was in high school (sorry, mom) when some friends baked a birthday cake for us to eat in the woods. The ratio of pot to cake was, ahem, very […]
NoonChorus helps artists innovate for streaming content.
Will we ever rent shoes again?
Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You. is just what the doctor ordered.
This city was built on activism.
The filmmaker overcame many obstacles to achieve her dream, and she’s not slowing down any time soon.