Chef-driven, made-to-order culinary cannabis won’t be happening in Illinois anytime soon.
From Austin to Hegewisch, this essay collection offers snapshots of life in Chicago’s neighborhoods.
The Reader crew start some conversations about Chicago’s loudest punk-rock institution: its lineup, its location, its role in the community, and more.
The Riot Fest grounds themselves provide a pretty different experience than, say, Lollapalooza or Pitchfork.
If your lunch runs late, you’ll miss some of Riot Fest’s most exciting acts—including Mongolian metal warriors the Hu, garage monsters Drakulas, and folk-pop wild card Caroline Rose.
Riot Fest has its traditions, and it’s hard to hate Andrew W.K. or Gwar—but here are some bands we’d like to see.
Reunions and full-album sets are Riot Fest’s specialty—so what does it have to offer this year, besides Bikini Kill?
Does Riot Fest have any business taking over a public park in a largely Black and Brown neighborhood?
The smell of menthol oil and the whine of traditional Thai instrumental music pierce the humid July air of the Cicero Stadium on fight night. Though it’s best known for hosting Chicago’s annual Golden Gloves boxing tournament, today the stadium has a new occupant: Muay Thai. The national sport of Thailand, in which participants use […]
If you want to know what Mayor Lightfoot was really saying in her state of the city speech, you have to read between the lines.
The mogul’s “Miami-style” soul-food chain sets up on the west side.
Ravinia debuts its new “experience center” with an exhibit devoted to Leonard Bernstein.
Current musical obsessions of Jay Wood and S.O.S of the Freesole collective and Reader intern Aaron Allen
This week’s featured gig poster was designed by local artist and animator A.G. Trigoso.
We owe it to Jeffrey Epstein’s victims not to let the investigation of his crimes die with him.