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Windy City Playhouse presents 'King Liz,' a story of women empowerment and overcoming the social constructions of race and gender. Leading Lady Lanise Shelley shared the importance of this show and how she relates to her character, Liz Rico. Read more


Theater company Windy City Playhouse has been hard at work rehearsing their current stage production King Liz, which plays through July 16. Read more

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Artist of the Week: Nicole Cabell

Nicole Cabell, 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is a talented lyric soprano whose career has taken her to many of the most important opera and concert halls in the world. Read more

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Tim Nickodemus

Kasia Houlihan is a Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of media in an effort to get at the experience of relating. Through her work, she chips away at the concepts of closeness, communication and connectivity. Read more

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Back by popular demand, UrbanTheater Company announces the extension of the longest-running Spanish play in Off-Broadway history: La Gringa. Read more


Female playwright, Melissa Ross, celebrates the world premiere of "A Life Extra Ordinary," this October. Melissa talks on inspiration, message and the experience of watching her play come to life on stage. Read more

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The Field Museum announces new exhibition "Antarctic Dinosaurs," made possible by a $5.5 million grant from the Kenneth C. Charitable Fund. Read more

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Like our fashion choices, our personal taste in art is another thing that makes us unique. CEO and president of Amdur Productions Amy Amdur suggests checking out juried art fests to get artwork that is as unique as your fingerprint. Read more


The James Hotel Chicago and Johalla Projects get together for a night of drinks and art as they celebrate the launch of James Public Art Chicago. Read more

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Artist Marge Kelly has played many roles at Marwen to bring underserved youth the visual arts, from being the organization's first teaching artist to managing student recruitment workshops. Read more

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Things to do with the entire family that expand your summer fun while bringing everyone closer together! Read more

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The fabric of the Chicago arts scene has been evolving over generations. Museums and galleries now spill into alleys and even median strips—and Phyllis Bramson’s particular brand of creative genius has been part of it since 1974. Read more

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Cynthia Weiss is the director of education at Marwen, a non-profit providing free visual arts courses as well as college and career counseling services for under-served youth in Chicago. Read more

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People love decorating their homes with different kinds of art to reflect their taste, but it's hard to build an art collection when the prices are so high. CEO of Amdur Productions, Amy Amdur, explains why art festivals are a great resource to use. Read more


Sally Schwartz is the founder of Randolph Street Market and event company, Image Pilots. She's a woman to know and watch—here she shares event and art collecting advice. Read more


As director of Woman Made Gallery and independent curator, Stoudmire is committed to creating exhibition opportunities and showcasing works of female artists, artists of color and low-income artists with contemporary arts exposure. Read more

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Jackie Taylor, Founder/Executive Director of Black Ensemble Theater, has created a strong arts institution committed to eradicating racism featuring outstanding original productions and exceptional educational outreach programs. Read more


Founder/Executive Director of The Simple Good, Priya Shah has created a program that reaches at-risk youth in Chicago, bringing the practice of mindfulness and positive thinking through the arts. Read more

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For Women's History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has been honoring women artists and asking people to name #5womenartists. Read more


A great way to start out the new year is to find a new hobby, skill, or other enrichment. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut or get so caught up in life that we forget about certain interests or aspirations. Here's some ideas we have. Read more

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