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The modern home

Chicago’s skyscraper modernism—the Hancock, Marina City, Sears/Willis—is the city’s treasured calling card. What’s less known and much less appreciated is our area’s parallel cache of modernist residential architecture. Modern in…

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The lingering spirits of the California Clipper

click to enlarge Frank Okay When news broke in May that the California Clipper was permanently closing, people began to talk. Not just about the circumstances of the bar's closure—which…

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BoHo and Lifeline examine the public and private split

The age of Zoom has created a split-screen metaphor for the changes in our private and public lives. We’re separated physically, but the world is invited into our personal spaces…

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We’re Gonna Die offers a poignant portrait of mortality

There’s a video of Young Jean Lee performing her 2011 play We’re Gonna Die on Vimeo. It’s an exercise in minimalism and mortality: a single person with a mic backed…

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The Folded Map Project shows a segregated city

"I'm sure you've heard the words to describe Englewood are 'Black, dangerous, poor, gun violence,'" says Tonika Johnson in one of the opening lines of her short film, The Folded…

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No Time to Die (2020)

Fandango helps you go back to the movies with confidence and peace of mind. Find Open Theaters Near You Check Theater Safety Policies Contactless Ticket Purchase Contactless Ticket Entry Worry-free Refunds &…

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For the Love of Lyric fills the vocal void for now

This weekend, just about the time when—minus the virus—we would have been plopping our posteriors into cushy new seats installed over the summer at the Lyric Opera House and settling…

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The MCA provides tool kits for plague times

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s performance series has long been noted for breaking down barriers between disciplines. But reimagining what performance means in a pandemic presented its own challenges. This…

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Mishkan Chicago puts an interactive spin on High Holiday rituals

As a child, the High Holidays—Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)—were marked with reluctant trips to our family synagogue where the tone was…

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96 Hours is popping in lockdown at Links

Along with every other performance venue in town, Links Hall went dark in March of this year, cancelling the 40 remaining shows of the season and leaving its wood floor…

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