Amy Rodriguez Reimagines Illustration

From several time zones away, I had the opportunity to “sit down” with Amy Rodriguez to talk about her recent 5x5 Artist Residency at the Fulton Market Kitchen (though, little did I know, she was laying). Th...

Pitchfork Music Festival isn’t a party

Pitchfork is an artist’s festival. You don’t go unless you give a f*ck about music, art and expression. You see professional creators in the crowd instead of baffling teenagers frolicking around half naked with...

Manifest Better Community

When I say house music, you say ____________? I’m willing to bet that “civic consciousness” wasn’t even top three on your list. Three young Chicagoans founded Manifest, an art collective and community org...

Silk & Sauce: Angel Davanport

It was an early spring afternoon when I met up with Angel Davanport. The nomadic but often-sighted-in-Chicago rapper is perhaps most known for her role as one third of the Rapper Chicks. Accompanied by fellow m...

Welcome to Warik

I walk into Café Marie-Jeanne on a rainy day and situate myself at a table. While Billie Holiday croons over the speakers, I await the arrival of Chicago’s own experimental crooner Malik Lemon, who performs und...

DIY Anatomy: Medicine Woman Collective

There’s something in the air in Chicago. Pumping out distinguished artists isn’t uncommon for the third most populous city in the United States — but now, it seems like the world’s stage is shining its spotl...