My year of eating


You want a list, I’ll write a damn list.

By Mike Sula


Looking on the bright side


As the teens turn to the twenties, it’s a struggle to find a little cheer in the gloom.

By Ben Joravsky


Safe bet, sucker deal


The Chicago casino is still in the works, but it’s likely to end up raising far less money for the city than originally promised.

By Deanna Isaacs


To tell the truth: 2019 in theater


Four plays that recast history—collective and personal—with searing defiance.

By Kerry Reid and Catey Sullivan


No one is alone: the year in dance


The best moments in dance in 2019 focused on the power of community.

By Irene Hsiao


Nine places for laughs in 2019 (and beyond)


Because every year we seem to need more and more comedic relief.

By Brianna Wellen


Six visual art shows that made 2019 bearable


2020 has some big shoes to fill.

By S. Nicole Lane


Live lit is what Chicago is all about


The best reading events of 2019 have been going strong for years.

By Salem Collo-Julin


Ben Sachs’s top 12 films of 2019


Yes, there are some ties.

By Ben Sachs


Chicago’s best overlooked hip-hop of 2019

The shrinking of music media requires a new definition of “overlooked,” but even the strictest criteria admit a vast unexplored trove of riches.

By Leor Galil