Music

On a Saturday night in Pilsen, purple lights illuminated the living-room-turned studio where local rock band The Laughing Hearts performed a live set for close friends. The Chicagoland natives sat down with The Phoenix to …

Pint and Plate

Ballast Point Brewing Co. hails from the Pacific coast of San Diego. Housed in a repurposed Chicago industrial building, this brewery is pushing the limits of craft beer. The sleek interior welcomes patrons with seemingly …

Film & TV

Seated on a plush loveseat and wearing a zipped-up hoodie and dark-washed skinny jeans, Stephen Merchant looked rather casual considering the circumstances.  He had recently arrived in Chicago after attending a special screening of his …

Theater

Trying to cheer Chandler up in an episode of “Friends,” Monica puts an uncooked turkey on her head and outfits it with oversized sunglasses and a red hat. This storyline is one of the many …

Theater

Ever since “Hamilton” made musical theater cool again, Broadway in Chicago performances have been packed to the brim with eager theater-goers ready to laugh, cry and sing along — in their heads, that is. “Dear …

Music

Miles Arntzen, whose stage name is Miles Francis, pours his whole being into his music producing it all on his own. With eight singles and one extended play (EP), the Brooklyn-based dream pop artist is …

Music

The wooden floorboards vibrated as a syncopated pulse of waving hands, pounding feet and sweaty denim-clad bodies rocked the concert hall.  New York City music duo, The Knocks, along with its openers Blu Detiger and …

Theater

At the end of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play “A Doll’s House,” Nora Palmer walks out of her home, leaving behind her husband and their three young children forever — or so they thought. A door …