The Roaring Twenties have often been portrayed as a time of wealth, glamor, and social change. Technological advances, including more widespread electrification and increased use of automobiles, plus the growth of mass media such as radio and movies, drove a booming economy—though then as now the benefits were inequitably distributed. Inspired by movie stars and […]
“Walk around, walk around, walk around, walk around,” the background singers chant, their a cappella harmonies chugging fire like a train bound for glory. Then the clouds open and a high tenor floats out of the sky. “I want,” it says, before swooping up into a falsetto yodel that seems to reach beyond heaven itself: […]
Chicago rapper and librarian Roy Kinsey has drawn national attention for his remarkable concept albums and their sensitive, piercingly thoughtful lyrics. In 2018 he dropped Blackie: A Story by Roy Kinsey, a deeply personal and thoroughly researched record about race in America that’s informed by Kinsey’s family history and the Great Migration; last year he […]
Chicago blueswoman Mary Lane has been making music for more than 70 years. She should be a legend, but she can barely pay her bills.
A group of Black archivists is helping communities create their own narratives, filling in what history books have left out.
With his next album, Roy Kinsey wants to make the music he wishes he’d heard as a young queer man of color.
Black Chicagoans are leaving the city, and an unexamined history of racial discrimination may be to blame.
No demogorgon roams this parallel universe, but a majority of its electorate did back the man who’s been called the swamp monster: President Donald Trump.
A new reference guide is a fun (and mouth-watering) way to learn about the city.
The 4100 block of South Berkeley Avenue might be beautiful, but it has a troubled history.
This year’s Chicago Jazz Festival captures the music’s proliferating diversity, with the Bad Plus, Anat Cohen, Erwin Helfer, Tarbaby, JD Allen, the Liberation Music Orchestra, and much more.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation grounds political reporting in personal experience.
Which of these two titles will advance to the final round?
Two books that consider the effects of the Great Migration face off in the second bout of the first round of our contest.
The alternative-rock titans come to Chicago in the first episode of their HBO series, named after their forthcoming record.