After School Matters, the nonprofit that provides after-school and summer programs for Chicago teens (while offering them stipends), presents Spotlight on Peace, a performance featuring spoken word and dance, including hip-hop, ballet, jazz, African, and modern, from young artists. The free program runs 3-4:30 PM today at Navy Pier’s Lake Stage in Polk Bros. Park […]
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The LatiNxt festival serves up cutting-edge grooves with a generous side of roots
LatiNxt is the kind of festival I enjoy the most. This free, two-day fest on Navy Pier is geared toward the pulse of the current scene and allows concertgoers to make new musical discoveries. For its fifth year, LatiNxt features 17 performances on two stages per day, curated by local Latinx collective Future Rootz. They’ve […]
Ghost of drive-ins past?
From the comfort of your car or on a picnic with friends, Chicago’s outdoor movie screenings have resuscitated the alluring drive-in experience, so screentime can be spent with others all summer long.
Style comes back with a vengeance at EXPO
Whoever says people don’t have much style in Chicago has no idea what they’re talking about. I’ve been photographing street style here for over ten years and I know better. When Chicagoans decide to bring it, they bring it with gusto, authenticity, and a very midwestern ease. That’s the kind of style that could be […]
Yasser Tejeda brings the Afro-Dominican quijombo to the LatiNxt Festival
The Dominican Republic is famous for merengue and bachata, but Yasser Tejeda prefers to focus on lesser-known varieties of Dominican roots music. He reimagines centuries-old Afro-Dominican styles, especially palo, a form of music traditionally played in the countryside that involves complex call-and-response rhythms created by drums called palos and voices. His elegantly polished compositions contain […]
Celebrate independence your way
Upcoming events and recommendations for the next seven days
Chicago’s three-card monte
Mayor Lightfoot’s TIF “reform” does not tell you how much the scam costs.
Feast your eyes on these art exhibitions
This fall has plenty to offer from spaces big (Navy Pier) and small (Pilsen’s Baby Blue Gallery).
Big, unbuilt plans
A civic center in River North, a concrete ribbon that split Hyde Park north from Woodlawn, and a third World’s Fair on the lakefront
The Ship of Tolerance docks at Navy Pier
With a mast composed of paintings created by children all over the world, this ship is a vessel aimed toward a more peaceful future.
The Beach is the interactive exhibit Navy Pier deserves
Neither art nor architecture, this ball pit is completely Instagram ready.
Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett wants everywhere to be a place black people can be themselves
When Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett was a teenager, one of his havens was Navy Pier. And this weekend, he’ll make himself at home onstage at Lollapalooza.
Lake Shore Drive marchers: Here’s the real lowdown on the city’s budget
According to Cook County clerk David Orr, in the last year alone $660 million in property taxes went into tax increment financing (TIF) districts.
Fireworks, High Fidelity in the park, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
Rich Homie Quan concert and more goings-on 7/2-7/5.