The reimaging of the classic story, now playing at the Cadillac Palace Theater in the production’s pre-Broadway run, has a devoted set of fans stretching back decades.
Stories by Angel Idowu
Dec 4, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Bridgeport Residents Anticipate Return of the Ramova Theatre Courtesy of Star-Studded Ownership Group
Nov 27, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Earlier this month, it was announced that the theater was under new ownership, as Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson partnered with Quincy Jones and developer Tyler Nevius as the Bridgeport theater’s new ownership group.
For Chicago Area Families, Museum of Science and Industry Exhibit a Chance to Celebrate Cultural Christmas Traditions
Nov 12, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Families and organizations from all over the Chicago area came to the museum bright and early to decorate their country’s Christmas tree. This year, the trees represented a total of 57 countries, including Austria, Puerto Rico, Kenya, Switzerland, and France, to name a few.
Nov 7, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The Art Design Chicago initiative will work with more than 50 art-focused organizations to showcase the work of hundreds of artists now through 2025.
From Marshall Field’s to Goldblatt’s, Take a Trip Through Time With ‘Lost Chicagoland Department Stores’
Oct 31, 2023 | Angel Idowu
A new exhibit at the Elmhurst History Museum is celebrating department stores that originated in the Chicagoland area.
Vanessa Williams on Producing a New Musical Showcasing Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong Now Playing in Chicago
Oct 18, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Black Theatre United is an organization aimed at creating more diversity and inclusion in theater. With the help of that group, actress Vanessa Williams is making her producorial debut for the new musical “A Wonderful World.”
Interactive, 1920s-Set Experience ‘Into the Mist’ Returns for One-Night-Only Performance in Evanston
Oct 12, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Held at Studio5 in Evanston, the interactive experience takes the audience back in time to the 1920s for music, dancing and comedy.
O’Hare Video Installation Combines Footwork and Native American Dance Styles into Uniquely Chicago Film
Oct 3, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Filmed at the Willis Tower, on the lakeshore at the Promontory Point with the city’s skyline in the background and other locations, “Skywalkers” is set to play on a permanent loop as art of a large public commission to Chicago artists.
Sep 29, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The creators behind the city’s favorite annual spring art weekend now welcome an autumn celebration: the inaugural Chicago Exhibition Weekend. The goal is to amplify public art space, with more than 55 galleries, artist-run spaces and community institutions throughout the city.
Sep 27, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Matt Bodett recently received a 2023 Midwest Award for Artists With Disabilities. His work is currently on display in a new exhibit in the Hermosa community.
Sep 22, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The front lawn of the Museum of Science and Industry nearly erupted as 90 volcanoes shot off in celebration of the Chicago institution’s 90th birthday.
New MCA Exhibition Examines the Social and Political Issues of the Puerto Rican Community Through Art
Sep 22, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Featuring 18 artists of diverse mediums, the goal of the exhibition is to address the social and political issues that the Puerto Rican community faces — from housing discrimination and migration to bilingual education and health care issues.
Sep 21, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Lin-Manuel Miranda made a stop in Chicago to commemorate the official return of “Hamilton” to the city. Arts Correspondent Angel Idowu sat down with Miranda to get his take on why the show’s return to Chicago is so special.
Sep 14, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The Englewood Jazz Festival runs through Saturday, Sept. 16. In its 24 years, the festival has worked to cultivate a musical community at what’s said to be the “Ravinia of South Side.”
Navy Pier Visitors Can Watch Artists Paint, Draw and Create Live in New Exhibit: ‘It Opens Up Doors’
Sep 7, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The Women’s Live Artist Studio is a permanent art exhibition that opened earlier this summer at Navy Pier. It consists of work by primarily Black and Brown female artists from the Chicagoland area.
Aug 31, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Photographer Thomas Sanders has made it his life’s mission to share the stories of veterans across the country. His work is currently on display in “American Heroes: Portraits of Service.”
Aug 22, 2023 | Angel Idowu
A local screen printer is sharing his life’s work in an exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center. “Multiples and Multitudes” showcases artist William Estrada’s multidisciplinary work spanning the last nearly two decades.
Aug 14, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Neighborhood development and transit options are one way to make neighborhoods more livable, local advocates say. That’s why a coalition of organizations, artists, authors and developers are all working to advance the goal of equitable transit-oriented development.
Aug 12, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The Deeply Rooted Center for Black Dance and Creative Communities will be a state-of-the-art facility on the Washington Park State Street Corridor.
Aug 3, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Grant Park is gearing up for Lollapalooza, the annual celebration of music featuring artists from across the globe. A few local acts will be taking the stage for the first time.
Jul 29, 2023 | Angel Idowu
The Dirty Laundry pop-up in Hyde Park offers a resident DJ, extended Thursday hours for BYOB, weekly discounts for seniors and craft activities for kids.
Jul 27, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Wicker Park Fest is celebrating 19 years with more than 60 bands across three stages. The annual event will showcase the talents of both marquee performers and local artists looking to get their names out there. One of those artists is hip-hop vocalist Jovan Landry.
Jul 21, 2023 | Angel Idowu
With the grant totaling nearly $437,000, the plan is to restore what was once a safe haven for people of color who came to Chicago during the Great Migration and prepare the building for future generations.
Jul 15, 2023 | Angel Idowu
Peruvian musician Daniel Flores is on a mission to showcase Chicago’s beauty with help from a musical friend: his trumpet.
Jun 26, 2023 | Angel Idowu
An exhibit in DuPage County is paying tribute to the late, great pop artist Andy Warhol with the aim of providing deeper context for the famed cultural figure.
Jun 20, 2023 | Angel Idowu
It starts with an assembly line of sorts: washing and drying detergent bottles that have been collected from different laundromats. The plastic is then shredded into small granules, heated and made into a solid beam to create benches.