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The best Chicago books of 2021
Another year of literary excellence from writers who speak Chicago
Plays in a pandemic
In 2021, Chicago theaters reopened—and several found innovative new leaders.
The collective quest of Chicago dance
Performers returned onstage, and asked probing questions offstage.
‘What happened in the community was almost like a brush fire’
Sketch and improv in Chicago remains chaotic, but there’s promising growth.