Arts & Fashion

Let’s not fool ourselves, Chicago’s no Rome… but we do pride ourselves on a thriving arts scene. Check out the city’s art and fashion, including visual and performance arts and theatre reviews.

Stylish Looks by the Neighborhood: Fashions that Embody Every Corner of the City

What we love most about Chicago is that each neighborhood has a special flavor — hopping from one neighborhood to another can sometimes feel like you’re traveling to multiple cities in one day.

Top Chicago Instagrammers

Now that Instagram is hurdling toward the front of the social media race, here are some Chicagoan’s worth following.

Vaudezilla Burlesque Show

The Golden Age of Burlesque may be over; but Vaudezilla is intent on bringing it back with fervor.

Anti-Valentine’s Day 2012

The single and Valentine’s Day haters have banded together to make this day bearable for Chicagoans. Behold the five best ways to celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day

Drinking and Writing Theater

Some things were just meant to be together. The Drinking and Writing Theater hits the nail on the head combining two acts that can play an influential and enhancing role in the experience of each.

Pickwick Theatre: A Modern Jazz-Age Marvel

The Pickwick is one of the few remaining movie palaces left in Chicago still open and operating today. It allows visitors to revel in the glamour of the Jazz Age as they take in the latest films Hollywood has to offer.

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Sunday Night Poetry Slam at the Green Mill

Mark Smith runs a tight ship at the poetry slam held on Sunday nights at the Green Mill.

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

5 Kickass… Holiday Shows in Chicago

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means… ugly Christmas sweaters and peppermint schnapps, of course! But for those searching for a little intellectual stimulation and entertainment between the white elephant exchanges and ornament hanging, there is no lack of holiday theater options.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind and introduces visitors to a whole new realm of art where unusual is the norm.

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

The Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Situated directly behind the Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris theater is one of the gems in the Millennium Park crown and, as of 2003, one of the great venues in Chicago for viewing dance and music events.

Chic-A-Go-Go: Chicago’s Dance TV Show

Chic-A-Go-Go: Chicago’s Dance TV Show

Chic-A-Go-Go is a children’s television dance show that’s a hybrid between American Bandstand and Soul Train. This year, Chic-A-Go-Go celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

Redmoon Theater: Engaging Community Through Puppetry, Gadgetry, and Engineering Wonders

The Redmoon Theater defines its productions as equal parts pageantry, gadgetry, acrobatics, and ephemera. They’re creating out of the ordinary, daring productions that surprise you, dazzle you, and take place in unexpected and new locations.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel Film Center

Gene Siskel often ended his interviews by asking his subjects, “What do you know for sure?” What I know for sure is not only that Siskel had a lasting effect on Chicago and on film but also that the center is a fitting tribute to his legacy.

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

It’s not Cirque du Soleil. Less theater, more thrills; less art, more action. Cirque Shanghai is the other big circus which rolls through town every year.