Revisiting a murder in the White City.
Tag: Vol. 48 No. 18
Issue of Feb. 7 – 13, 2019
Just My Luck teaches us that a kiss is the best way to change your fortunes.
Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine totally swapped career trajectories, so we know it’s true.
The Joffrey premieres a brand-new Anna Karenina
The ballet company built its Tolstoy adaptation from the ground up.
No one is running: the 42nd Ward
The race in the ward that economically drives the entire city of Chicago is totally uncontested, and Ben and Maya look at why.
Digging out gems from the city’s dumpsters
One man’s treasure . . .
Cecil McDonald’s extraordinary photos of ordinary life
“In the Company of Black” is now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Ida B. Wells Drive makes Chicago history
It’s the city’s first-ever downtown roadway to honor an African-American woman; the cost is that Balbo’s street name remains intact.
Remembering industrial designer Charles Harrison
A tribute to the designer of the View-Master, the Dial-O-Matic, and the plastic garbage can—and the first black executive at Sears.
The many lives of Alderman Danny Solis
Solis swapped his loyalty to Daley and Rahm for sex, Viagra, and the council’s zoning chair.
Not even trying to pretend: the 46th Ward
Ben and Maya look at the fight between low-income housing and neighborhood amenities in rapidly changing Uptown.
Lit recs for the reader in search of adventure
The current book obsessions of Northwestern prof Bill Savage and Reader culture editor Aimee Levitt
What can we expect from our elected officials: the 22nd Ward
Departing progressive alderman Rick Munoz faces personal trouble in advance of the election, placing successor Michael Rodriguez’s race in jeopardy, in staunchly independent Little Village.
Ties to Kanye West and Michelle Obama: the Fifth Ward
The future site of the Obama Presidential Center and the home of the University of Chicago also encompasses parts of lower-income South Shore, which Ben and Maya think makes for a fascinating aldermanic race.
ShawChicago turns a staged reading of Arms and the Man into a symphony
It’s a perfect anti-romantic comedy, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Not even an injured knee can stop Nina Stemme’s powerful performance as Elektra
The soprano makes an impressive Lyric debut.