Is Chicago an island of cosmopolitanism in a sea of rural, inexpensive, stultifying friendliness?
Congressman Luis Gutierrez wants the military to help storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, and other Chicago news
Also, more than 1,000 people turned out for Kenneka Jenkins’s funeral.
Before #BlackLivesMatter, there was Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison
Two lost photo essays, now on display at the Art Institute, go beyond racial stereotypes to reveal the real life of Harlem.
Temperance Beer Company goes big with its first bottles
Saturday at its tap room, Temperance releases two barrel-aged versions of Might Meets Right imperial stout.
Chicago’s own One World Trade Center is all but forgotten
A plaque on the Merchandise Mart is a vestige of a failed campaign to renname one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings.
Jonathan Demme directs a screen version of Ibsen’s The Master Builder
Chicago native Lisa Joyce contributes a scene-stealing performance to Jonathan Demme’s screen version of Ibsen’s The Master Builder.
Saul Steinberg: Art-world outcast?
If you can find the Art Institute’s Saul Steinberg exhibit, you’re in for a treat.
Steppenwolf’s This Is Our Youth meets The Mummy
In Steppenwolf’s This Is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan’s ugly-sweet play has affinities with an old black-and-white movie.
Manhattan, 12 Monkeys and other Reader-recommended movies to watch online this week
Some recommended movies from Old Movies to Watch Now, in which Reader film capsules guide what you should watch online.
Don’t stop at ‘transgendered’
Dan on the misuse of “transgendered,” relationship virginity, and the perils of dumpdom
But is The Normal Heart good?
TimeLine Theatre gets Larry Kramer’s important The Normal Heart pumping.
Cathleen Schine’s flower children
The protagonists of Cathleen Schine’s ninth novel, Fin & Lady, wander 1960s New York.
Shakespeare goes to Gotham City
The Goodman achieves a half measure of success in dark, unruly Measure for Measure.
Off Color Brewing’s “Mischief” pop-up bar: You will want to drink all their beer
Off Color Brewing debuts with four tasty collaborations: a pink pilsner, a smoked bock, a half bock, and a potent French-Belgian chimera.
Make mine a manhattan
There’s no finer cocktail than a well-crafted manhattan