Illustration: Morgan Ramberg

Things to Watch


Kyle Kinane
Kyle Kinane Photo: Laurie Fanelli

Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago
Brazen, brash, and beloved by Chicagoans, the Addison native returns with his TV special filmed at Metro. Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

'Hairspray Live!'
Hairspray Live! Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/NBC

Hairspray Live!
Englewood emigrant Jennifer Hudson revisits the form that made her famous—singing on TV—as Motormouth Maybelle in NBC’s live Hairspray reboot. December 7, NBC

The Interview Show
Mark Bazer’s longtime talk show in a bar hits WTTW for a second season of homey, free-flowing Q&A sessions. Guests include David Duchovny and Renée Fleming. Fridays starting January 6, WTTW

“Like Daniel Craig’s James Bond meets Broadway’s Once,” the Observer wrote of the Chicago-filmed pilot of local screenwriter Steve Conrad’s series about a folk-singing war vet with a brother in the Senate and a dad in the CIA. February, Amazon

Barry Photo: Linda Kallerus/Netflix


If Southside with You didn’t quench your Obama nostalgia, this Netflix original about POTUS’s junior year at Columbia University should do the trick. December 16, Netflix


Things to Read

'Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk' by Kathleen Rooney
Photo: Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Kathleen Rooney
The latest from literary star Rooney follows a twilit Manhattan stroll by an octogenarian character inspired by the real-life 1930s poet and ad woman Margaret Fishback. January 17, St. Martin’s Press

Windy City Blues
Renée Rosen

The arrival of Mississippi Delta blues in Chicago underlies this historical novel, which focuses on an unlikely romance between an Orthodox Jew and a black guitarist at the iconic Chess Records. February 28, Berkley

'Windy City Blues' by Renée Rosen
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Out of the Basement: From Cheap Trick to DIY Punk in Rockford, Illinois, 1973–2005
David A. Ensminger

A local music historian revisits the postindustrial city’s improbable underground scene and the mainstream rock that rose from it. February 7, Microcosm

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto
Jessa Crispin

The onetime Chicagoan and editor of the late literary blog Bookslut explains her estrangement from the feminist movement, which she sees as suffering from obliviousness, irrelevance, and cowardice. February 21, Melville House


Noah Haidle

Page through the script of this poignant family drama, which premiered to plaudits at the Goodman in 2014. January 24, Overlook Press


Things to Listen To


Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl
The Champaign-born record label Polyvinyl celebrates two decades of indie-rock bootstrapping by commissioning 20 of its artists (including the Chicago acts Braid and Owen) to cover one another’s songs. November 25,

'Blue & Lonesome' by The Rolling Stones
Photo: Courtesy of Universal Music

Blue & Lonesome
The Rolling Stones

The Stones dig into Chicago blues—the genre that first inspired them—on this cover album. December 2, Interscope

'Terrible Human Beings' by The Orwells
Photo: Courtesy of Canvasback Music

Terrible Human Beings
The Orwells

The barely legal and seriously rowdy Elmhurst garage rockers return with a third album that could be their ticket to the mainstream. February 17, Canvasback Music

'Offers' by Ne-Hi
Photo: Courtesy of Grand Jury Music


Called “all of Chicago’s new favorite band” by the Tribune, the four-piece psychedelic upstart group gets even trippier on its second album. February 24, Grand Jury


“Working” Then and Now
NPR recently aired this riveting series of interviews Studs Terkel conducted for his 1974 book Working. Among the 10 subjects: a Chicago cop, a jockey, a hotel piano player, and a gravedigger, all now available to stream online.