Every evening the mayor’s press office sends out an e-mail announcing the mayor’s public schedule for the following day. The description of each event usually promises a dramatic new development that you won’t want to miss—while actually saying nothing about what’s going to happen. Last night’s e-mail once again forecast something big for today: “Mayor […]
The Chicago Public Library’s pick for its 2011 Fall citywide reading program is Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March
The young Tupac fan behind a nation-shaking protest anthem
In the west, time is fixed and people are bent in compliance; in Africa time is flexible and limitless and bent in compliance to people’s moods and needs. Where does the bus go? It goes wherever the people are shouting the name of. When will the bus leave? It will leave when it is full. […]
A way in to the Bloomingdale Trail.
A cache of Judith Jaidinger’s intense work, on the block
She knows Sarah Silverman but she loves Taylor Dayne
The year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader
Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas deliver subtle surprises at their restaurant’s latest incarnation
This week’s Chicagoan: LaManda Joy, master gardener
Arguing that current policies don’t work, two more public officials are calling for serious changes in marijuana laws and their enforcement. State rep La Shawn K. Ford and Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. told me in separate conversations that they not only favor decriminalizing marijuana possession to keep more pot smokers out of jail—as Cook County […]
In the Iowa debate, a Fox anchor cornered the candidates into a loyalty oath.
For a corner of society based around aestheticized violence, clown makeup, and shitty rap music, Juggalo culture seems to have a lot of women participants. Then again
The Chicago Reader was sent $10 by a very nice stranger, and now we’re willing to pay you $10 if you can find out more about who they are. It’s the $10 art mystery, and it’s sweeping the nation!
Critics in the Willingham case say a man was executed on the basis of junk science; Texas governor Rick Perry disagrees.