COVID relief grants are taking their time arriving, but the compilation Situation Chicago 2 benefits CIVL’s SAVE Emergency Relief Fund right now.
“You bring people together and something will always happen. . . . The how is pretty easy, but the why is more important to me.”
For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
“This is gonna devastate our industry. We were the first to close; we’re gonna be the last to reopen. A lot of venues aren’t gonna make it.”
Erin Brenner lends her audio engineering skills to the newly opened Avondale bar and concert hall.
Summit founder Billy Helmkamp of the Whistler talks about what to expect from this year’s event.
Logan Square Arts Festival—formerly the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival—gets underway in a new location this weekend.
Brooklyn band Go Deep want their stolen gear back, the Whistler gives away the last of 1,000 free LPs, and more.
Chicagoans recommend becoming a cheese connoisseur, Project Onward’s new art, and the Comfort Music series
The Whistler is a record label too, and it sent along the next mix for Soundtrack Week
Even more label founders speak for themselves
Ex-Whistler barman Paul McGee’s inevitable tiki bar is a real thing
Every week, one of our staffers shares three musical obsessions—then asks someone else (who asks someone else) to take a turn.
The national air-guitar championship comes to Chicago. Plus: the Whistler takes over Summer Sessions, the Mad Decent Block Party makes big plans for Chicago, and more