Chicago News, Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Weather and More
“The Malignant Ampersands” is a new play by Brett Neveu that A Red Orchid Theatre describes as a “very unofficial sequel” to Orson Welles’ 1942 film “The Magnificent Ambersons.” But is it really?
‘1919’ a searing, unflinching portrait of Black Chicago’s past, present and future
Eve L. Ewing’s collection of poems is adapted for the stage by J. Nicole Brooks in a powerhouse production at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Expectations and reality duke it out in thought-provoking and witty ‘Tiger Style!’
Mike Lew’s script falters a bit in the second act, but as a whole “Tiger Style!” rings true on so many levels.
Poignant summer romance a Sweet affair in captivating ‘Girlfriend’ musical
Quirky conceit, endearing characters, captivating actors and clever soundtrack — “Girlfriend” is a winning mix.
This gaming center is a training ground for internet athletes now dominating esports from suburban Chicago
Inside Hawthorn Mall in suburban Vernon Hills, the stakes are high as teenagers and young adults play video games at the BHOP Esports Gaming Community Center. The gaming facility is a training ground for a group of internet athletes who are dominating electronic sports, a form of multiplayer video gaming …
R. Kelly’s new Chicago trial to take jurors back to peak of star’s career, early allegations
The avalanche of sex-crime charges piled upon R&B superstar R. Kelly three years ago ended the decades he spent dodging serious accusations and criminal prosecution. The man once heralded as one of his genre’s greatest singer-songwriters is now a convicted sexual predator, serving a prison sentence likely to keep him …
Return of full-scale Bud Billiken Parade energizes South Side: ‘It’s like being at home’
Eight-year-old Kennedy Myles stood wide-eyed, clinging to a barrier separating her from hundreds of floats, drill teams and dance troupes. It was her first time attending the Bud Billiken Parade, but she’s already got big plans. “It’s my dream to be in it,” she said. Myles and her cousin, 7-year-old …
Bally’s play for long-awaited Chicago casino now up to state regulators — but hopes to open temporary site next year face long odds
State gambling regulators now hold the cards in Chicago’s casino game. Bally’s Corporation on Wednesday filed its application with the Illinois Gaming Board seeking approval of its plan for a $1.7 billion riverfront casino-resort at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street. It’s the latest step toward breaking ground on the massive …
Cook County back down to medium COVID-19 risk level, but hospitalizations and deaths high across Illinois
Cook County is back down to a medium COVID-19 transmission level under federal standards as case rates dip — but viral hospitalizations and deaths across Illinois remain near five-month highs. Despite the improvement in Chicago and its immediate suburbs, masks are still recommended indoors across most of the metro area, …
Chicago’s top cop fired reformer even after getting heat from federal monitor
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown held a tense meeting this week with the court-appointed monitor tracking his department’s compliance with a federal order mandating sweeping reforms. He struggled to explain how he would meet a key deadline while deeply cutting staff that was implementing those reforms, according to several people …
Early days of ‘fake news’ fuel the politics of ‘Campaigns, Inc.’ at TimeLine Theatre
What “Campaigns, Inc.” could use is a tighter focus on its central characters’ mercenary motivations.
Lightfoot: Latest challenger’s call for top cop’s ouster ‘astounding,’ progress on crime is ‘remarkable’
Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday reiterated her “total confidence” in Chicago Police Supt. David Brown and said, given the “remarkable” progress Brown has made, it is “astounding” her latest mayoral challenger, Ald. Sophia King (4th), would target him for firing. King, chairman of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, told the …
Chicago awarded $3.9 million to improve traffic signal technologies that prioritize buses
Chicago will look to deploy a new signal timing technology that will prioritize buses at traffic lights across the city after being awarded a $3.9 million federal grant on Wednesday. “With these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping communities deliver modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want …
After Highland Park massacre, officials ‘really focused’ on rooftops along Bud Billiken Parade route, top cop says
In light of the massacre at Highland Park’s Independence Day parade, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown announced Monday that city officials are “really focused” on rooftops along the route of Saturday’s Bud Billiken Parade through the South Side. Brown said city officials have been involved in planning the parade since …
Pritzker, Lightfoot tout city’s $422 million deal for green energy
Chicago has signed a $422.2 million agreement with Constellation New Energy LLC to provide renewable power to government buildings, street lights and all other city assets — and a carbon-free footprint — by 2025. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, whose Climate and Equitable Jobs Act laid the groundwork for the agreement, called …
A year after Officer Ella French was killed during a traffic stop, Lightfoot and Pritzker join police officials to honor her memory
A year after Chicago Police officer Ella French was gunned down during a traffic stop in Englewood, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined dozens of police officials for an emotional ceremony honoring her life and service. Chicago Police Supt. David Brown noted that French’s life was tragically cut …
CTA, police vow to boost security after fatal Red Line shooting, the latest in violent year for transit agency
Chicago police and transit officials announced additional plans to increase security on L and subway trains and platforms after a 29-year-old man was fatally shot on a Red Line train early Saturday near Chatham. Diuntel Moon was on the train near the 100 block of West 79th Street at about …
More CTA riders are getting attacked, with violence at a level not seen in over a decade
Dan Beam had a bad feeling about the two men who crossed into his car on the CTA’s Red Line one day last month. They sized him up. Then, one of them grabbed his cellphone. That set off a melee involving knives and bottles that put a spotlight on the …
Affordable housing investor makes 2 deals on the South Side
Substantially adding to its holdings in Chicago, a national investor in affordable housing has purchased two large South Side apartment complexes in recent weeks, promising to keep rents low while improving tenant services. The purchases by Jonathan Rose Cos. involve properties in Englewood and in Woodlawn, opposite the under-construction Obama …
Vestiges of a less enlightened time tarnish ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’
Mercury Theater revival of the drag-queen musical has some fun with music and costumes but can’t overcome the 16-year-old script’s shallow portrayals.
In her new revue, Felicia P. Fields reminds us why the blues — and she — are cultural treasures
“Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues: A Night with Felicia P. Fields” is a sizzling showcase from the Tony Award-nominated actress.
An ‘Oz’-inspired journey is a real life-changer in ‘Somewhere Over the Border’
Brian Quijada’s charming but uneven world-premiere musical at Teatro Vista needs just a bit more finessing.
‘The Chinese Lady,’ a compelling TimeLine play, imagines inner life of a teen showing her culture to U.S. audiences
Mi Kang charms as the girl brought from Guangzhou in 1834 and put on display in New York.
The spectacle that is ‘Lookingglass Alice’ remains as enchanting as ever
The charming acrobatics-laden show has become an effective calling card for Chicago’s famed Lookingglass Theatre.
Cocaine seizures soar in Chicago, surrounding states, as DEA ‘snow’ forecast comes true
A blizzard of cocaine has blanketed the Midwest. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than two tons of the drug in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin in the year that ended Sept. 30 — up 50% over the previous 12 months. And the quantity of cocaine seized in the Chicago …
Time-jumping ‘In Every Generation’ shows how faith rocks a family, from one Passover to another
New play at Victory Gardens makes some smart points about religion as ritual, until an unfortunate final twist.
Past, present, living, dead all collide in haunting sci-fi thriller ‘Solaris’
“Solaris,” the play, is based on a 1961 novel by Polish author Stanisław Lem. Staged by Scott Weinstein in the 56-seat Schwartz Stage at Edgewater’s Raven Theatre, the production marks the play’s North American premiere.
Impressive cast delivers powerhouse showcase for ‘Women of Soul’
The production is all about iconic women and their soulful music, and all are of the highest quality in the Mercury Theater Chicago revue.
Father, son clear the air in emotionally charged ‘Queen of the Night’
The brief time we spend with the characters is enjoyable, thanks to travis tate’s often raucous banter and the well-matched actors André Teamer and Terry Guest, who make a persuasive and sympathetic pair.
In engaging play ‘Relentless,’ the diaries of a mother once enslaved unnerve the next generation
Considering it was originally meant to premiere in 2020, it’s remarkable how timely “Relentless” proves at a moment in 2022 when so many are expressing an aversion to engaging with history.