Beyond, Event, Front page

Socially Distanced Chicago Christmas Gift Guide 2020

2020 is weird, and there’s no sense not acknowledging the differences between this and most other holiday seasons, if even just because it hasn’t really snowed here yet. But different […]

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Festivals, Music, Previews

CHIRP Celebrates Annual Record Fair’s 15th Anniversary

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The phrase “Chicago record fair” is nearly synonymous with the nonprofit community radio station CHIRP. Just Google search it. In addition to spinning records for the city and introducing listeners […]

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Dark Matter Opens First Coffee Shop Downtown with Meddle

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Dark Matter Coffee sees itself akin to a rock ’n’ roll band. They just release concept cafes instead of albums. But don’t take this from me. Take this from the […]

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Film, Film & TV

Netflix’s Easy is Joe Swanberg’s Visual Love Letter to Chicago

You’re probably aware by now that Netflix recently released Easy, filmmaker Joe Swanberg’s latest project. The gist of it is that Easy is an unapologetic love letter to Chicago and […]

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