Matthew Rachman Gallery documents the architectural creations of Chicago’s ultimate outsider artist.
Plus: Bric-a-Brac celebrates five years with a stacked in-store show, prog-punk brothers Avantist keep the hits coming on a new EP, and more.
The Chicago Zine Fest celebrates publishing by the people, Bloodiest and Luggage play to benefit the Clinic Vest Project at Rainbo, and more.
Underground rock festival Ian’s Party is run mostly by volunteers, which helps it feel like a community instead of a branding exercise.
Hip-hop producer Paul Gulyas makes his album debut as Cutta, Bucket O’ Blood teams up with Baderbrau for a Riot Fest party, and more.
Planes Mistaken for Stars play a reunion show at Quenchers on Thursday—a venue too small for their reputation.
This young Chicago brewery’s excellent Belgian-inspired hybrid beers shouldn’t be hard to find for much longer.
The four-piece’s new LP is great, moody postpunk.
Spooky punks Split Feet celebrate their full-length debut, Cut Cats Courier throws a benefit show for the Center for Workplace Democracy, and more.
Here’s why you should start the new year with the local grind-pop group.
The Funs and Earring split a new cassette, Chicago Singles Club commits its first year to vinyl, and more.
Featuring half of Wide Angles, the new band celebrates their first release at Quenchers.
The local art-rock group welcomes its second postreunion LP on Saturday.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Sunday, February 2
Ian’s Party brings over 40 great bands to town for its seventh year.