Meet Third Coast Review!

Greetings. If you’re here, it means you’ve come to our new website before we’re open for business. Please come back later in January, when we expect to launch formally. For now, this website is a work in progress. Most of what you read here–except for the copy below and a few posts–is not real content. It’s just lorem ipsum text (dummy text used by graphic designers and typesetters).

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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.

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 what we’ll cover here, check out our pages, and see About for information about the TCR crew. Feel free to contact us with suggestions and comments at

Welcome to Stages, which will cover everything that might happen on stage in Chicago. We’ll have previews, reviews, articles and features on theater, dance, comedy and circus. We love to cover Chicago’s hundreds of storefront theaters where some of the most exciting drama in the country takes place, but we won’t skimp on reviews of the larger Equity houses. In dance, we’ll keep you informed about the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance and the rest of the vibrant Chicago dance community. Comedy and circus stories will bring you the well known, the unknown, the quirky and bizarre. Stage is edited by Kim Campbell and Miriam Finder.

Welcome to Screens. Yes, Screens will cover and review movies and television but also video games, apps and anything you might find on a screen in your hand, in your living room or at the neighborhood flick. We’ll do the usual reviews and previews, interview performers and creators, and try to keep up with the newest happenings in culture and technology on Screens. Screens is edited by Nancy Bishop, editor and publisher of Third Coast Review.

Take a look at the Art page. Art is blossoming in every neighborhood in Chicago. We’ll preview and review exhibits at the large and well-known art museums, of course, like the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Cultural Center. But we don’t want you to miss what’s going on at galleries, storefronts and street corners in River North, River West, Noble Square, Bridgeport, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, or under the viaducts and overpasses. Art will be edited by Nicole Lane.

Read up on Lit. At Gapers Block, it was called Book Club, but live lit is becoming an increasingly important part of Chicago’s literary scene, so we’re just going with Lit and all that word suggests. We look forward to reviewing books, interviewing authors, previewing and organizing live lit events all over the city. The Lit page is edited by Emma Terhaar and Adam Morgan.

Listen to the Music scene. With intentions to carry on the legacy of Gapers Block’s Transmission team, we hope to shed light on Chicago’s diverse array of musical offerings. From concert reviews, to interviews, to quintessential features, find all of Chicago’s must-read music articles right here at Third Coast Review. The Music page is edited by Sarah Brooks.

Welcome to Food. Is Food part of arts and culture? Of course it is, and editor Jeanne Newman will make the argument that Chicago’s food scene is as lusty and creative as theater, art and music. We may occasionally cover the restaurant equivalent of Equity theater, but more likely we’ll focus on the new, the small, the mobile and the ethnic, as well as important Chicago food traditions (like deep-dish or thin, why not ketchup, and the glories of Italian beef).

And we’ll go Beyond. Our focus will clearly be Chicago but occasionally—because of travel or whim—we’ll report on an artist, event or venue beyond Chicago, Cook County and the collar counties. Sometimes that will mean you’ll read about (gasp) a suburb and occasionally another city, state or country. Beyond might also mean a topic that drifts beyond our usual arts and culture coverage. Beyond is edited by Nancy Bishop.


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