The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
Chicago funk superhero Captain Sky releases his first album in 40 years—and this time his mission includes mentoring Black teenagers on the south side.
House-music pioneer Vince Lawrence remembers the huge scene-defining parties he helped throw as a teenager.
Prince could hardly have avoided influencing Chicago house, whose earliest, most ardent fans were queer Black and Brown kids.
Even if the B-52s really are retiring from the road, they’ve left a permanent mark on the city through their influence on house music.
Dance Mania Records helped birth ghetto house, juke, and footwork music—now it’s back to court the EDM crowd.