In 2016, Darryl Hicks shuttered the city’s first and only Trinidadian restaurant, Cafe Trinidad. It was a serious responsibility to stand as the sole representative of a Caribbean cuisine that synthesizes centuries of contributions from African, Indian, Indigenous, Creole, Syrian, Lebanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese cooks. And it wasn’t an easy decision to close. But […]
Visual arts and architecture highlights break us out of our screen life.
Upcoming events and distractions from our listings coordinator
From its eight farms in Chicago, the organization serves underresourced communities on the south and west sides.
An overview of theater, dance, music, pop-up performances, and other artists and activists that you should know about—this season and year-round
CPD’s violent response to a student-led protest downtown and what it says about this moment in our history
The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
This fall, more than ever, the artists are helping us through.
Letter from the publisher
Seven years after the show’s finale, a rewatch reveals both problems and growth.
With short sets from small groups in unexpected spots, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival creates a communal experience that’s pandemic safe.
Matthew Shipp can’t have had his own playing in mind when he named his latest record The Unidentifiable. With his powerful command of the grand piano’s lowest notes, his adroit manipulation of its sustain pedal, and the complex harmonies nurtured by his prodigious technique, he obtains a massive and instantly recognizable sound. The New Yorker […]
“Our city is just exploding with creativity and music and art, and all of these truly irreplaceable spaces are in danger of closing.”
Once again, it’s “Bandcamp day”—when almost all your money goes to the artists and labels you want to support.