Between Drake’s sleepy Honestly, Nevermind and Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” a lot of people have something to say about house music lately. (And while I can’t say I have thoroughly read every discourse posting, I’ve seen almost no instances of anyone mentioning the fact that several music sites reported rumors of Beyoncé working with house […]
2021 marked 150 years since the Great Chicago Fire. While acknowledged by major institutions, the anniversary was muted, perhaps because it’s difficult to commemorate a massive tragedy in the midst of another overwhelming one. For me, the best marker of the anniversary is journalist, historian, and photographer (and past Reader contributor) Robert Loerzel’s @ChicagoTimeline Twitter […]
Cities change. As Chicago is a city and most certainly not exempt from this immutable law, I can tell you that Chicago will change in some fashion by the time you finish reading this piece. By the time you finish this sentence a family might have packed up their belongings in Chatham to relocate to […]
The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
A roundup of art events happening this weekend
A look back at the Nation of Islam’s Influence on south-side neighborhoods during the 1960s and 1970s.
The library’s archivists are crowdsourcing posters and pussy hats.
The latest Blvck Vrchives features photos of the south side of Chicago from the 1960s to the 1980s, with a call to action to help identify the neighborhoods depicted.
The late 1960s was a time of change for the prison thanks to Winston Moore, the country’s first black warden.
In many ways, Chicago’s political climate has changed little since the death of the political visionary.
In this election year, we look back at the history of black voter mobilization in Chicago and in the south.
A look into the Reader archives for stories about bad ass women.
For a quarter century, Jerri Zbiral and Alan Teller have been trying to figure out the identity of the photographer behind images from 1940s India.
This week’s Chicagoan is Adam Selzer, ghost-tour guide.
A research project leads me out of the digital cocoon