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  • newPivot Arts Festival switches it up online

    Pivot Arts Festival switches it up online

    The annual celebration of multidisciplinary performance adjusts for the times. Pivot Arts has been an incubator for multidisciplinary performance for nearly a decade, and its annual festival, which usually takes ov…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 4:50pm -
  • newInside the intricate worlds of Polly Pocket

    Inside the intricate worlds of Polly Pocket

    An interview with collector and Instagrammer Julia Carusillo Oh, to quarantine inside a Polly Pocket, safe and enclosed, all the comforts of home sculpted in colorful plastic. Browsing the Instagram account @polly_…
    - 11 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 4:05pm -
  • newThe Reader's stay-at-home chronicles: day 74

    The Reader's stay-at-home chronicles: day 74

    The last installment (for now) of what we're reading, watching, listening to, etc., to pass the time. At 5 PM Saturday, March 21, Governor J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8, aka the Stay at Home order,…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 3:20pm -
  • newMichael Salvatori’s long, strange trip

    Michael Salvatori’s long, strange trip

    In 1982 Michael Salvatori recorded a sought-after private-press folk LP, and 19 years later he cowrote the score for genre-defining video game Halo. Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Sec…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 3:10pm -
  • newRhymefest’s greatest moment in Chicago music history

    Rhymefest’s greatest moment in Chicago music history

    Veteran rapper and activist Rhymefest remembers an all-star festival by and for the community. Not only is 2020 the Year of Chicago Music, it's also the 35th year for the nonprofit Arts & Business Council of Chica…
    - 13 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 2:05pm -
  • newDinner at the Grotto and Black Cat Kitchen make staying at home deliciously weird

    Dinner at the Grotto and Black Cat Kitchen make staying at home deliciously weird

    A supper club and a caterer turned on a dime during quarantine. Some of the rare bright moments in this slow terror are the random porch presents from masked bandits bearing treasures. Last month, prompted by a tex…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Jun 20, 10:00am -
  • Police abolitionists find fuel in the protests

    Police abolitionists find fuel in the protests

    As more people lose faith in the state, organizers offer alternatives. Here's what's true no matter how you look at the events of the last week:…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jun 20, 6:30pm -
  • The Reader's stay-at-home chronicles: day 73

    The Reader's stay-at-home chronicles: day 73

    What we're reading, watching, listening to, etc. At 5 PM Saturday, March 21, Governor J.B. Pritzker's COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8, aka the Stay at Home order, took effect. Here's a daily-ish journal of how Rea…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jun 20, 5:10pm -
  • Poetry at a distance

    Poetry at a distance

    Poets come together to share the joy, pain, and hope from the pandemic in a new video project. Open mikes have gone dark amid the pandemic, but creativity has taken to a virtual stage. For local poet Caroline Watso…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jun 20, 4:05pm -
  • The Reader’s stay-at-home chronicles: days 71 and 72

    The Reader’s stay-at-home chronicles: days 71 and 72

    What we’re reading, watching, listening to, etc., to pass the time. At 5 PM Saturday, March 21, Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8, aka the Stay at Home order, took effect. Here’s a dail…
    - 4 days ago, 30 May 20, 9:00am -

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    • US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests
      Devices associated with protesters travelled up to hundreds of miles after rallies where few precautions were taken Coronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesCellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests – so…
      - 16 days ago, 18 May 20, 7:18am -
    • Auschwitz memorial condemns presence of Nazi slogan at US anti-lockdown rally
      ‘Arbeit macht frei’ on sign at Illinois demonstration against state’s coronavirus measures Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe organisation that runs the Auschwitz memorial has condemned the appearance at a US anti…
      - 32 days ago, 2 May 20, 10:27am -
    • John Prine obituary
      Influential singer-songwriter who brought a blend of poignancy, anger and humour to songs about the problems of everyday lifeJohn Prine, who has died aged 73 due to complications of Covid-19, was a highly influential American singer-songwriter. Music…
      - 56 days ago, 8 Apr 20, 6:48am -
    • Two Walmart workers from same Illinois store die from coronavirus
      Two Evergreen Park employees in Chicago suburbs had not been in store for ‘more than a week’, officials sayCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA pair of workers at a Walmart in the Chicago suburbs hav…
      - 58 days ago, 6 Apr 20, 1:08pm -
    • Coronavirus: Illinois governor announces rare death of baby
      Investigation under way to determine cause of death in pandemic where children make up only small fraction of positive cases globallyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Illinois health department has announced the first…
      - 66 days ago, 28 Mar 20, 9:08pm -
    • One in four Americans under strict stay-home orders to slow coronavirus spread
      New Jersey joins New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California in telling residents to stay indoors and to practice social distancingNew Jersey on Saturday ordered its citizens to stay at home meaning that almost one in four Americans are now under…
      - 74 days ago, 21 Mar 20, 10:32am -
    • Democratic primaries key takeaways: Biden's lead looks insurmountable
      The former vice-president increases his delegate lead with sweeping victories as Sanders faces calls to drop outFull story: Biden sweeps key primariesDemocratic primaries results – follow the votesDemocratic primary delegate count – latestOne of…
      - 77 days ago, 18 Mar 20, 12:42am -
    • Closures and confusion as US voters go to the polls amid coronavirus concerns
      Florida, Illinois and Arizona held primaries on Tuesday despite the coronavirus outbreak – and there were predictable glitchesCoronavirus – live updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVoters faced confusion, a shortage of poll workers, and shifti…
      - 77 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 10:12pm -
    • Democratic primaries results: follow the latest votes
      Arizona, Illinois and Florida will select their Democratic candidate, with the first polls closing at 7pm ETDemocratic primaries – live news updates Democratic primary delegate count – latestContinue reading...
      - 77 days ago, 17 Mar 20, 6:26pm -
    • Coronavirus outbreak: US confirms cases in Chicago and Rhode Island
      Health secretary: ‘We will see continued community spreading’Pence defends Trump Jr claim Democrats want ‘millions’ to dieUS health secretary Alex Azar has confirmed a new case of coronavirus in Chicago, as the respiratory illness spreads in…
      - 93 days ago, 1 Mar 20, 3:07pm -
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    • Joliet man loses appeal in 2009 attempted murder of ex-girlfriend

      Joliet man loses appeal in 2009 attempted murder of ex-girlfriend

      Bradley Schlott, 51, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he attacked his ex-girlfriend with a knife in March 2009. The Illinois Appellate Court confirmed the 2016 conviction of Bradley Schlott Monday in the attempted murder of his former girlfr…
      - 4 Jun 19, 7:46am -
    • Ald. Edward Burke is due in court — again

      Ald. Edward Burke is due in court — again

      Great spectacle but few surprises are expected as Chicago’s longest-serving alderman answers to a fresh indictment. For the second time this year, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman is due at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. But this time, he’l…
      - 4 Jun 19, 7:27am -
    • ‘Promise fulfilled’ for tattoo titan Ryan Henry

      ‘Promise fulfilled’ for tattoo titan Ryan Henry

      The Pilsen shop 9MAG, setting for VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Chicago,” was created to carry out a pledge the owner made to his slain sister, Nova. Freehand tattoo artist Ryan Henry’s love of art, a work ethic instilled in him by his father and a p…
      - 4 Jun 19, 7:00am -
    • Robberies reported in West Garfield Park: police

      Robberies reported in West Garfield Park: police

      Police are warning residents to be aware of their surroundings following a pair of robberies in West Garfield Park on the West Side. Police are warning residents to be aware of their surroundings following a pair of robberies in West Garfield Park…
      - 4 Jun 19, 6:06am -
    • Dear Abby: Even after husband hurt me, I don’t know how to leave

      Dear Abby: Even after husband hurt me, I don’t know how to leave

      His anger issues are worsening to the point where he bashed wife’s head into a car window. DEAR ABBY: My husband has always had anger issues. Recently, they have progressed from targeting inanimate objects to targeting me. A few weeks ago, when he…
      - 4 Jun 19, 6:00am -

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