Being a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Chicago means that you are allowed to open a private practice and bill insurance for your clients’ sessions. It also means that you have attained your master’s degree in social work, completed 3,000 hours of clinical work under a licensed supervisor (including unpaid but graded hours of […]
The story of Chicago’s own Black Child Book Fair, a traveling event that promotes literacy for Black kids across the country, starts with Chicagoan and author Darryl Harvey releasing his incipient children’s book in 2010, I Can Do Anything. It features a Black child on the cover and is the first in his Sunflower series, […]
Mudlark Theater in Evanston presents The Marvelous Land of Oz, a musical adapted from L. Frank Baum’s second Oz book by Anthony Whitaker. Baum’s story follows Tip, an orphan who goes in search of the long-lost Princess Ozma with companions Jack Pumpkinhead, Wogglebug, and Saw-Horse (with guest appearances by old friends the Scarecrow and Tin […]
From 3-8:30 PM, the Trans Chicago Empowerment Center (2753 W. Division) is hosting a Halloween edition of Pillars, its marketplace for trans BIPOC vendors. Along with tarot readings, poetry books, and handmade wares for sale, there will also be free gender-affirming nail services for trans individuals. Yecy, a local Latinx nail artist, will be providing […]
If you’re interested in queer Chicago history, you’ll definitely want to check this out: At 6 PM, Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted) is celebrating the release of Last Call Chicago: A History of 1001 LGBTQ Friendly Taverns, Haunts & Hangouts. Renowned writers and activists Rick Karlin and St. Sukie de la Croix will share some of […]
Today kicks off the American Indian Center’s 69th Annual Chicago Powwow, which runs through Sunday (10/9). From 10 AM-6 PM each day, thousands will gather at Schiller Woods (events in Groves 12 and 13, entrance on Irving Park west of Cumberland) to share and reflect on Indigenous culture, preserving its heritage while contemplating its future. […]
Today is the final day for the online portion of this year’s Reeling: the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The 40th annual celebration of LGBTQ+ filmmakers and new queer cinema hosted in-person screenings over the last few weeks at the Music Box, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema, and Chicago Filmmakers, but today’s offerings are solely online—which […]
Today the exhibition “Palette and Palate” opens at Madron Gallery (1000 W. North). It’s a retrospective celebrating Chicago’s Riccardo’s Restaurant and Gallery that anticipates a PBS documentary on the topic dropping in December. In the mid-20th century, Riccardo’s Restaurant and Gallery was founded by former WPA artist Ric Riccardo. At first, he immersed diners in […]
Rebelle Cunt, a writer, activist, and self-proclaimed Chicago “heaux-storian,” is the founder and director of Heaux History, a multimedia archive that explores the history of Black, Brown, and Indigenous sex workers and erotic labor. When Cunt began to search for research on sex worker history in Chicago, she struggled to find any literature written through […]
The Chicago comedian and writer Dwayne Kennedy has a pretty raw joke about summer being “shooting season” in Chicago that I’ve heard him perform a few times on stage. Kennedy says, “I don’t know what it is about the warm weather in Chicago that just brings everyone out. ‘Hey, it’s 79 degrees!’” and then makes […]
Editor’s note: Coco Picard spoke to Chicago artist and School of the Art Institute of Chicago assistant professor Anna Martine Whitehead in early June. The comic above captures moments of their conversation. Text from the comic is transcribed here to ease readability. Performance maker Anna Martine Whitehead has been writing and developing FORCE! An Opera […]
In this issue, you’ll find stories about trans creatives, LGBTQ+ community spaces, and drag performers; but you’ll also find an investigation and interview about electronic monitoring in policing. (Remember, the first Pride marches celebrated the Stonewall riots, a response to a violent police raid.) I want the colors on the cover of this Pride Issue to inspire people as they move through this month of June and promote true liberation.
Chicagoan Davíd Leon Jr. is among the mixologists featured in a new short film following people of color in the industry.
Drummer Jeremy Cunningham releases a dense but delicate jazz record to honor his late brother; the Black, Brown, and Indigenous Crew rocks the Vaginal Davis exhibit at the Art Institute; and more.