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!
Venues were in flux, but Chicago improv pushed back against racism and harassment in 2020.
Votes on the final ballot were accepted from January 5 to February 8, 2021. Review all the finalists here on the closed ballot.
The pandemic forced us to rethink how we use our streets.
The 22-year-old artist died in December, but his influence remains incalculable.
The Promontory’s favorite DJ died last spring, but his soulful music can still bring life.
Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You. is just what the doctor ordered.
Between the All-Star Weekend’s Big Jam and the Summer Jam, the pandemic arrived to shut down arena concerts.
Social media pop-ups kept the Chicago food scene looking delicious.
The commute is time stolen by the constraints of modern urban capitalism that we’re forced to borrow back only to kill.
Warm Violet has raised more than $10,000 so far, mostly from Chicagoans, which speaks to grassroots support for its cause and for local music.
With its ongoing Quarantine Concerts, ESS has built connections faster and cheaper than it could have in person.
This city was built on activism.
Solos in shutdown can be a win-win.