Welcome to Third Coast Review, Chicago’s new, locally curated website. We’ll bring you news and reviews about arts, culture and food in Chicago and sometimes beyond starting as 2016 begins.


Homage to Gapers Block.

Our editors and many of our contributors are alumni of Gapers Block, the Chicago-centric website launched in 2003. When Gapers Block went on hiatus in January 2016, we wanted to continue writing about our favorite Chicago subjects and Third Coast Review is the result. Read about our editors here and check out each page. See the Our Writers page for info about our other contributors.

Stages is edited by Nancy Bishop and Miriam Finder.

nancy-headshot-0516 (1)Nancy Bishop is a Chicago native, recently liberated after 30+ years in corporate marketing and PR. She is happy to be writing for Third Coast Review about things she loves, especially theater, film, books, music, art and design. Nancy is a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at nancybishopsjournal.com, follow her on Twitter @nsbishop and email her here. Nancy is editor and publisher of Third Coast Review.

187e414Miriam Finder is a Chicago transplant originally from Pittsburgh. She studied journalism at the University of Southern California and has written for print and online publications in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicagoland. Miriam works in marketing communications and likes writing about dance and art, reading, yoga and exploring Chicago in her spare time. Email her here.

Screens is edited by Justin Freeman.

3cr-jfreeman-headshotJustin has been fascinated with Chicago ever since he played “Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City” in grade school. That video game was so vital to his early understanding of Chicago, he was legitimately upset when he discovered that the Field Museum is not where you need to defeat hordes of evil skeleton warriors with an infinite supply of magic basketballs. He may have cried about this. Anyway, he writes about tech, music and pop culture now. Follow him on twitter at @justinstrange and email him here.

Art is edited by Stephanie Lenchard Warren.

Stephanie Lenchard Warren is a freelance artist, photographer, writer, and explorer. She recently graduated from UIUC with a BFA in Painting and Creative Nonfiction Writing. She’s an adventurer who explores finding ourselves in nature as well as the nature in ourselves. She believes in using art to express the natures of our existence. Steph also likes to interview inanimate objects. See her work here and email her here. You can follow her on Instagram at @stephanieflw.


Lit is edited by Emma Terhaar.

Emma Terhaar is an East Coast transplant. She spends 40 hours a week blogging for a nonprofit, and the other 128 hours thinking about blogging for the non-profit, cooking elaborate meals on her George Foreman grill, sleeping, ranting to people about her blogging and G. Foreman grilling, and attending literary events around Chicago. Email her here, but be wary, she may send you some unasked-for links to her nonprofit’s blog and grill recipe ideas.

Music is edited by Sarah Brooks.

TCR-sarahbrooksSarah Brooks is a native Chicagoan with a penchant for words, music, art and this magnificent city of Chicago. Raised on The Beatles and learning the violin at age nine, Sarah’s passion for music began early on in life. Her musical obsessions include Wilco, Otis Redding, Neko Case and Real Estate, but they truly change daily. She can be found at a concert, trying a new restaurant, or running along the lakefront path. Find her Tweets here and email her here.

Beyond is edited by Marielle Shaw. 

3cr-marielle-headshotMarielle Shaw writes and takes photos for both Third Coast Review and Chicagoist, where she’s captain of the nerd beat.  A native to the Chicago area, she found herself a desert dweller at heart and still wishes she could mash-up the state of New Mexico and city of Chicago somehow.  She has a wonderful boyfriend and lives wayyy up north with lots of cats and not enough bathrooms, and can often be found tending to her garden or cooking up some good eats while she binge-watches some Netflix or tries to defeat her latest video game nemesis. You can keep up with her on her personal blog (www.tarantella23.blogspot.com) or on twitter at @rosesarered23. Email her here.

The 3CR Calendar is curated by Julian Ramirez.

tcr-julianramirezThe all-important calendar of upcoming events is presided over by Julian Ramirez, who scoops up interesting Chicago-area events wherever he can find them. His rule: It should be something you want to go to or would recommend to your friends. Julian is a natural-born Chicagoan who graduated from UIC with a BA in Creative Writing. He spends most of his sleepless nights indulging in as much art and media as he possibly can. You can read more of his writings on all his creative obsessions at orgasticfutures. Email him here.

Andrew Huff is our senior adviser.

3cr-AndrewHuff-newAndrew co-founded and was editor and publisher of Gapers Block from 2003 until January 2016. He thinks Chicagoland is the best amusement park ever. A lifelong night owl, Andrew works deep into the night at his West Ridge two-flat, writing and editing and playing with the cats. He spends more time online than probably is healthy, but he’s trying to change that. See what he’s up to at me3dia.com.


3rd Coast Review_opt 10r1Our 3CR logo is designed by Linda Pompeii. You can contact her here to see more of her fabulous work.


Want to write for Third Coast Review? 

If you’re interested in writing for Third Coast Review, please fill out our Contact Us form (you’ll find a link in the footer). Tell us about your arts and culture interests and writing experience. Include links to your writing samples if possible.


To submit a story idea or events for our calendar, 3CR’s Favorite Events:

Email your event info to Julian Ramirez, calendar editor, or use the Contact Us link in the footer. Be sure to include complete time, date and address information as well as links to the event page and to a contact person. Send your story ideas to info-AT-thirdcoastreview-DOT-com or to the section editor above.

Photos on our site

Most of the banner photos on our home page are by Christopher Riha. See more of his work here.

Other photos in the banner header are from a stock photo site or by 3CR staff. Photos that accompany posts are by authors or are provided by the arts organizations We try to give credit for every photo we use in posts. If you see a photo that has the wrong credit or is missing a credit, please let us know by using the contact form in the footer.


A word about our name

The term third coast has been in common usage for years. There’s a guitar shop, a café, and, of course, there’s Thomas Dyja’s book: The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream. There’s also a Third Coast Magazine at Western Michigan University (yes, Michigan also can claim the third coast, although maybe theirs should be designated the fourth). We like identifying ourselves in this off-kilter way and hope you enjoy our online-only coverage of a wide range of arts and culture topics. Check back daily because we’re always in motion.

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  1. Dear Third Coast Review,

    On behalf of Accidental Shakespeare Theatre Company, I would like to submit a press release regarding our upcoming production of HELL by Upton Sinclair, performing October 8th at McKaw Theatre (formerly The Side Project) 1439 W. Jarvis Ave., 2:00pm performance.

    Who should I send the press release to?

    Much Thanks,

    Sherry Legare

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