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Dreams Come True at Porchlight Music Theatre's Thrilling Production of Dreamgirls

Porchlight Music Theatre presents Dreamgirls

Classic musicals supply lots of fun for theater fans; you can sing along, root for the star and laugh at the bad guys that are always outsmarted. The one sticking point with a beloved musical is that the singing must live up to or surpass the original. Otherwise, what's the point? You can just stay home and listen to the soundtrack. Well, the performers in Porchlight's Dreamgirls make sure that their show outdoes any recording of the high energy play.


2016 NFL Draft has Kicked Off! Get Excited for Draft Town: FREE 3-Day Festival for Football Fans

2016 NFL Draft | Draft Town

Chicago is fast becoming a destination city for some of America's most prestigious events. You may have heard about our city's continued involvement with the James Beard Foundation, but that's not all that were excited about this month. In fact, 2016 marks the second year that Chicago is hosting the tremendously successful NFL Draft, and with this great honor comes a lot of perks — including the fun and FREE popup NFL Draft Town in Grant


Mother's Day in Chicago: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mom

Brunch at Prime & Provisions Chicago

What would you do without Mom? She stands by you through thick and thin, wipes your tears and shares your joys. Mother's Day calls for celebrating the lady who will always love you, warts and all. Thank Mom for being there when you needed her most by taking her out to one of these 13 special spots for Mother's Day weekend in Chicago.


Kerry James Marshall's "Mastry" Exhibit at the MCA is a Game Changer

Kerry James Marshall - School of Beauty, School of Culture

If you've never heard of pioneering artist Kerry James Marshall, his jaw-dropping retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago guarantees that you will never forget his name or work. Mastry spans 36 years of Marshall's vivid and thought-provoking paintings, which re-imagine the portrayal of African American images and experiences.


Hear Blues Harp Master Billy Branch LIVE — Rosa's Blues Lounge, April 29-30

Billy Branch

Chicago blues may be defined by the electric guitar, but the invigorating roar of the harmonica is arguably the genre's second most essential instrument. Blues fans and newbies alike are always enthralled by the jaw-dropping skill of Chicago blues harp icon Billy Branch. A 3-time Grammy-nominated blues innovator who's been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene since his arrival in the early '70s, a Billy Branch show is filled with lots of energy, audience interaction and dazzling


A Hip-Hop Twist on Othello

Othello: The Remix

Calling all rap and hip-hop music fans. This Shakespeare production is for you! I'm sure you're thinking, [insert record scratch] whaaat? It's true! Thanks to the talents of The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton, Othello: The Remix (playing now through May 6) entertains from beginning to end, providing a fresh, urban take on the classic Bard tragedy.


Celebrate Style at the Inaugural Chicago Humanities Spring Festival

Chicago Humanities Festival

For more than 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) has celebrated individuals, communities, and cultures with its vibrant year-round programming. This spring, the CHF's inaugural spring STYLE Festival celebrates style that goes beyond fashion, focusing on style as the lens through which creatives project their vision onto the world. Over the 4-day spring festival (April 28 - May 1), explore the historical, political, and economic complexity of style — from yesteryear


Chicago Dance Month: 2 Weeks Left, Leap into Spring!

Stomping Grounds for Chicago Dance Month

Spring has arrived in Chicago and there's so much to celebrate, from blooming flowers to the sunshine and blue skies peeping out from behind the clouds. Chicago Dance Month — which kicked off April 1 — ushers in spring with over 50 performances, classes, open rehearsals and more. Here are five ways to literally leap into spring during Chicago Dance Month.


Top Shops To Snag Vinyl: 7 Best Record Stores in Chicago

Reckless Records in Wicker Park ChicagoWith a rich musical history that's nurtured blues, jazz, rock, soul, house and gospel, Chicago has long been a crate diggers paradise. But the recent closings of legendary Jazz Record Mart and Shake Rattle & Read has prompted speculation on the relevance of record shops.

Well, Chicago's record stores continue to thrive and are gearing up for Record Store Day 2016 coming up Saturday, April 16. Most neighborhoods boast their own vinyl meccas and here are some of the best record stores


J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.


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