Chicago history, Comedy, Lit, Nonfiction, Theater

Review: Jeffrey Sweet Updates His Second City History—Now With That Elusive Viola Spolin Interview

Forty-five years ago, Jeffrey Sweet wrote a book—the story of Second City, which was then only about a decade old. But Chicago’s preeminent comedy theater had a much longer history, […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Comedy, Stages

Review: An Abundance of Black Joy in Second City’s Dance Like There Are Black People Watching 

“After a meeting with several Black alumni and current Second City employees, we have come to the conclusion that the erasure, racial discrimination, manipulation, pay inequity, tokenism, monetization of Black […]

Karin McKie /
Comedy, Stages

Review: Get a Cortisol Correction from Second City’s New Mainstage Revue, Do the Right Thing, But No Worries If Not 

Politics are exhausting, but inevitable and important. People are exhausted, but continue to seek normalcy via social interactions. The Second City’s 110th mainstage show’s bifurcated title reflects those two realities: Do […]

Karin McKie /
Beyond, Event

THE C2E2 CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE PREVIEW IS BACK 2021 EDITION!

2021 has been weird, and there’s nothing weirder than saying “It’s convention season in Chicago” in early to mid-December, but we’re fresh off Chicago TARDIS, Wizard World was bumped up […]

Marielle Bokor /
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 […]

Marielle Bokor /
Beyond, Event, Event, Games & Tech, Preview

PREVIEW: Episode III, C2E2 2020: A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Sunday

Here we are, already facing the final curtain. We’ve had a lot of fun so far,  haven’t we? As we promised, there’s been a little something for every kind of […]

Marielle Bokor /
Beyond

Reader’s Choice–Your Favorites of 2019

This time of year, there’s a lot of looking back –for better or worse. We see what worked and what didn’t, what we want more of and what we want […]

Marielle Bokor /
Comedy, Stages

Review: The Kids Aren’t Alright (But Will Be) in Second City’s Algorithm Nation, or the Static Quo

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Algorithm Nation, or the Static Quo, directed by Matt Hovde, is the Second City’s 107th Mainstage Revue. Let that number sink in for a while. 107 shows would be impressive no […]

Matthew Nerber /
Film, Film & TV, Review, Uncategorized

Review: A Comedian Gone Too Soon Remembered Fondly in Love, Gilda

Love Gilda

Love, Gilda, a documentary about the life and way-too-early death of “Saturday Night Live” cast member Gilda Radner, is almost too easy a subject to make a film about. Naturally, anyone with an […]

Steve Prokopy /
Beyond, Event, Event, Games & Tech, Preview

C2E2 2018: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Preview

  Imagine, for a moment, that you can step inside the world of one of your favorite things. You’ll meet the creators, find out how they do it, talk to […]

Marielle Bokor /
Beyond, Suburbs and exurbs

Third Coast Con Cruise: Wizard World Chicago Day Two

While Friday is the second day of Wizard World Chicago, it’s also the first full day.  Cosplayers and pop culture lovers had a glorious seven hours to roam the floor, […]

Marielle Bokor /
Beyond, Suburbs and exurbs

Local Flavor: Wizard World Chicago’s Hometown Heroes

  Yesterday marked the first of four days for Wizard World Chicago, and we were there as the gates opened. Since Thursday’s crowds are always a bit thinner, we had […]

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