“Nice work, but you’re not ready,” Bob McCamant declared, after flipping through the portfolio of 16-by-20-inch black-and-white prints I had spent many darkroom hours creating. We sat in his office at Reader headquarters on Illinois Street, in 1986, the year I graduated from Columbia College. McCamant was one of the group of four who’d founded […]
Andrew “Big Voice” Odom toured internationally—and also used to drop by Maxwell Street and overwhelm the makeshift sound systems.
Production duo Bless the Mad discuss the classic hip-hop, soul, gospel, and jazz records that inspired the reverent sonic collage on their debut album.
By the early 90s Lurrie Bell didn’t even own a guitar anymore, but now he’s got a shelf full of Blues Music Awards.
The Supreme Mayor of Maxwell Street left a scant recorded legacy, but he’s well remembered for his efforts to preserve the historic market and open-air blues hub.
A University Village storefront shows the global versatility of the Nepali street food.
Sorely underrecognized guitarist Smilin’ Bobby cut his teeth on Chicago’s west side, learning from the likes of Magic Sam and Magic Slim.
Bluesman Daddy Stovepipe was born during Reconstruction and lived long enough to be “rediscovered” in 1960, during the folk-music revival.
Mississippi native Big John Wrencher didn’t often record, but his rowdy performances made him famous at home and abroad.
When a best tacos list came under fire, it got our writer thinking about why we love best-of lists—and tacos.
Chicago Tap Theatre grows up in Mama’s Boy.
The concluding segment of an interview with two noted Chicago documentarians about the influential French ethnographer and filmmaker.
Talking with some of Chicago’s most esteemed documentarians about the great French ethnographer and filmmaker
Pizza-making, beer art, cheese, and more cheese highlight this week’s events.
Bill Lavicka unafraid to fight the mayor