The house next door to mine was torn down. My neighbors don’t quite remember the year, but the resident local historian, Maurice, who has lived on the block since the late 60s, was shipped off to Vietnam and, upon his return in 1972, the house had vanished. The product of “slum clearance” on Chicago’s west […]
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Chrissie Dickinson died with too much writing yet to do and too much art yet to create
Chrissie Dickinson was a multimedia artist and award-winning country and rock ‘n’ roll critic whose work appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, the Boston Phoenix, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor. She died on May 19, 2022, from heart failure. She is remembered here by friend and creative partner Cynthia […]
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In the tradition of 18th-century newspapers like Samuel Johnson’s The Rambler, or more contemporary efforts like I.F. Stone’s Weekly, Charlie Meyerson’s Chicago Public Square, a daily newsletter containing short capsules of the day’s top stories, is a one-man show. In full disclosure, I’ve known Meyerson personally since the late 1980s. Meyerson started putting out the […]
Mission accomplished: John Kass has been deplatformed
Yes, it’s part of the tragic gutting of the Tribune. But John Kass’s departure is still good news.
Politics of fear: Are youth really to blame for the carjacking spike?
Cops say masked teens with a thirst for violence and joyrides are terrorizing the city. An examination of arrests reveals a narrative built on shoddy data and anecdotal evidence.
John Kass washing his hands of responsibility for last week’s riot was a bridge too far
It’s time to deplatform the right-wing Tribune columnist.
We should rename Chicago’s shoreline highway DuSable Drive, but we don’t have to drop LSD
Renaming the landmark for Chicago’s Black founder would be a game-changer, but we can still also refer to Lake Shore Drive by its iconic appellation.
Under Barr’s thumb
Trump could teach Madigan and Burke a thing or two about corruption.
I’ll just drink this tea, thanks
What our listings coordinator is musing about this week
Hey, MAGA, stop using Dr. King to justify police brutality.
Who’s next—Burke? Madigan?
Why did Trump release Blago from prison? Let’s count the reasons.
Explaining the inexplicable
How to talk to children about legal weed, Donald Trump, and endless Middle Eastern wars
The Republican way
Imagine covering Michael Madigan and Kim Foxx the way Republican-run media cover Trump.
The first step
Thank you, Chicago teachers, for forcing the powers that be to take a small step toward doing the right thing.
Feast to famine
Just last year Chicago had billions for Amazon but now it’s suddenly too broke for schoolkids.