Even in a city full of talented artists with their fingers in a half dozen projects at once, Marvin Tate stands out as a Renaissance man. The west-side native is extraordinarily industrious as a singer-songwriter, poet, visual artist, playwright, and activist, with a richly diverse body of work, and he’s been a local legend for […]
In summer 1979, Suzanne Shelton hatched a dream to open a punk dance club. She had two priorities: it had to play lots of new wave, and it needed clean bathrooms. Shelton had been DJing at a failing Lincoln Park disco called Hoots, but she spent all her free nights at O’Banion’s, a run-down gay […]
How three gay bars—La Mere Vipere, O’Banion’s, and Oz—became the cradle of the city’s punk scene
How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off
Abraham Levitan of Shame That Tune and Baby Teeth dusts off his singing-in-public shoes, Metro hosts a Neo reunion three years after the venerable goth club’s closing, and more.
Kate Fagan of Heavy Manners reissues her sought-after 1980 new-wave single, Swimsuit Addition drops a razor-sharp cassette EP, and more.
Owner Callin Fortis reflects on his three-and-a-half-decade tenure with the legendary alternative nightclub.
The artist’s monthlong stint in Chicago in 1980 provides some insight into his career and the MCA’s blockbuster retrospective.
The Shrine 2109 S. Wabash 312-753-5700 theshrinechicago.com Runners-up Neo Liar’s Club