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Wondering about Chicago music, festivals, arts, theater and food? WBEZ brings together the best stories about Chicago’s arts and culture scene. Together with our music station, Vocalo 91.1, we explore the stories that make the second city a vibrant world-renowned cultural destination.

The festival will be exiting Douglass Park after a 10-year run that has been plagued by controversy in recent years.
The festival’s co-founder, Mike Petryshyn, shared the announcement in a video posted to social media and on the festival’s website Tuesday evening. The new venue will be announced Wednesday morning with this year’s lineup.
On Thursday, the orchestra will perform a final work from Montgomery — the grace note on her wildly prolific three-year run as the city’s adopted new-music superstar.
The awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary world, were presented Monday night at the Lyric Opera House.
The movie from directors Kelly O’Sullivan and Alex Thompson premieres in Chicago on Friday before opening to audiences nationwide.
New data show that the number of Illinois arts jobs has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, but the sector is slowly staging a comeback.
These shows are the antithesis of sweaty festivals. They’re more intimate and feature performers at the top of their craft.
The blues legend is cruising into retirement with a headlining set at Chicago Blues Fest this weekend. But his influence on the city, and the genre, is undeniable.
The ceremonies are back in Chicago next week. We scoured the list of our past honorees to make a bucket list of local winners that are still in business.
Bachata. Swing dancing. Steppin’. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a summer full of movement.