Canadian-born pop artist Odie embraces his Nigerian heritage, and talks a lot about growing up with the sounds of African gospel and Fela Kuti. His family history pumps blood into the heart of his debut album, April’s Analogue (Unite Recordings/Empire), which transposes Afrobeat rhythms onto mopey pop instrumentals that feel ready made for Top 40 […]
Daisies pushes pasta in a midwestern direction
Chef Joe Frillman’s veg-heavy Logan Square pastatorium has range that extends far from Italy.
Fifolet is the Cajun-creole restaurant Chicago is missing
But the city still deserves better than this workmanlike West Town spot.
This video recap of the 2016 Key Ingredient Cook-Off will make you ravenous
Ryan Pfeiffer of Blackbird and Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice were this year’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off winners.
New Chicago bar patios and rooftops for outdoor drinking
The season for alfresco imbibing returns.
Get tickets to the Reader’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off happening this Friday, May 20
Chefs from Fat Rice, Topolobampo, Blackbird, and more of Chicago’s best restaurants are cooking custom dishes in the West Loop.
Self-described ‘outsider torch singer’ Mary Ocher performs at Analogue tonight
With her wild, self-possessed, uncategorizable music, Mary Ocher has made fans of King Khan and Karen O.
Best up-and-coming chef
Alfredo Nogueira of Analogue Runner-Up: Marcos Campos of Black Bull
Wheel to Reel at Sportsman’s Club makes audio geeks’ analog dreams come true
Crate-digging DJs give Sportsman’s Club’s vintage reel-to-reel a workout during monthly Wheel to Reel events.
Our favorite restaurants of 2014
They weren’t all Italian. And they weren’t all in River North.
181 tasty things I ate in 2014
I ate it all.
Overlooked ska and reggae treasure Charles ‘Organaire’ Cameron drops his first vinyl in decades
BLVD Records gets back into gear, overlooked ska and reggae treasure Charles “Organaire” Cameron drops his first vinyl in decades, and more.
The gumbo’s got personality at Anita’s Gumbo in Avalon Park
From this small south-side storefront emerges gumbo of great powers.
What some recent restaurant closings mean for the scene
Pecking Order, the Savoy, Telegraph, and others say good-bye.
Best Dirty Rice
It’s born out of the dinner parties he and his cohort of Hurricane Katrina evacuees used to throw.