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Edit ModuleFall Culture Guide

Fall Culture Guide

Fall is typically Chicago culture’s golden season, but this one gleams platinum. We’re welcoming a Broadway-bound musical, an art blockbuster, first-class concerts, and the final installment of a razor-sharp literary trilogy—plus new plays, dances, movies, and more, from a crop of turbocharged Chicagoans.


She’s So Unusual

Call it a comeback: The 1980s siren Cyndi Lauper ventures into the Broadway biz with the new musical Kinky Boots


Prime Number

Finally, the Chicago-groomed choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo isn’t sharing the stage with anyone


Hope Sings

She didn’t set out to reinvent the blues, but Shemekia Copeland might just be the genre’s most promising voice all the same


Dark Knight

Cult literary hero Irvine Welsh chased his band of hoodlums from Scotland to Lake View for the final installment of his Trainspotting trilogy


Building Music

Fall’s most unusual cultural alliance is between Access Contemporary Music–a collective of classical composers–and the Chicago Architecture Foundation

Film and TV

Magic Mike

Chicago-trained actor and Renaissance man Michael Shannon moves effortlessly between the stage and the screen

Art and Design

Van Gogh 2.0

Art Institute director Douglas Druick aims to lead backward-looking museums into the future



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