Poet and organizer JazStarr builds bridges on the page and in the community.
One of the city’s most iconic open-mike nights finds a virtual home.
Chicago’s beat scene has to do without the attention the city’s rappers get, but it’s a vital incubator for adventurous, ambitious instrumental hip-hop.
In the Yard will let south- and west-siders share their work in their own community.
Deadbeat front woman Jessica Risker releases the sweet, hazy I See You Among the Stars, her most confident and consistent album yet.
Louder Than a Bomb cofounder Kevin Coval in the words of people in Chicago’s poetry, spoken-word, and hip-hop scenes whose lives he’s touched
The cast of the new webseries The Open Mic share their open-mike horror stories.
Like Chance the Rapper, Matt Muse is affiliated with the after-school program Young Chicago Authors—and like Chance, he teaches by example with his own music, including the new Sikk Tape.
You don’t have to care about the Grammys to care about Chance’s nominations—you only need to care about the young people of color he mentors and inspires.
Chatham superstar Chance the Rapper rhymes about family, religion, and Chicago throughout his brand-new mixtape, binding it all together with irrepressible love.
The activist, poet, and educator officially adds “rapper” to his growing CV, and the scene is better for it.
Free Wednesday improv nights all summer at the ComedySportz Theatre.