Food writer John Carruthers auctions his tavern-style pies for social justice.
The Reader brought home some AAN Awards.
I wish the right-wing miscreants in the federal government were as dependable as Chicago rapper G Herbo. For close to a decade, he’s released albums and mixtapes of rapid-fire drill with reassuring frequency, and even his most run-of-the-mill offerings benefit from his pragmatic empathy and lucid descriptions—he brings a distinctive emotional gravity to his detailed […]
Chicago designer Sheila Rashid makes unisex clothes that give people the freedom to define themselves.
Four long years after her last mixtape, drill queen Katie Got Bandz drops Rebirth—and revisits the site of the Bronzeville projects that taught her to persevere.
After years away from the game, Chicago rapper and producer Omen returns to Dreamville Records’ active list—and to the south-side park where he learned to play.
The Reader received two Association of Alternative Newsmedia nominations for best feature story and one for the Block Beat.
Chicago drag mom Lucy Stoole uses a favorite vintage store to make a point about showing up for your community.
Chicago rapper Cupcakke doesn’t have to splurge to create her outrageous personas: “Cheap shit with a rich spirit goes a long way.”
Queen Key’s outsize confidence sends a message of support to black women who know the odds are stacked against them.
Lately it seems like G Herbo can’t even play a show in Chicago, but the city’s favorite street rapper has found another way to give back: he’s joined a project to turn part of a shuttered south-side school into a media lab and music incubator.
“I write, I act, and I try to do more with my photos than just capture moments.”
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.
Phor has gone from painting on Nikes and writing verses in his grandma’s basement to tattooing on Black Ink Crew: Chicago and working with superproducer London on da Track.
“I lure them in with promises of wacky Blagojevich stories, and leave them with civics,” journalist Paul Dailing muses.