Stories by Angel Idowu

Performers Nola Adé (left) and Friday Pilots Club (right) will be making their Lollapalooza debuts in 2023. (WTTW News)

Meet Two Local Acts Making Their Lollapalooza Debuts

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.

Augie and Sylvia Emuwa at Dirty Laundry in Hyde Park. (WTTW News)

South Side Couple Creates Plant-Based Detergent, Launches Laundromat With Community Events

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.

(WTTW News)

Hip-Hop Vocalist Jovan Landry Talks Importance of Representation at Wicker Park Fest

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.

The Wabash YMCA plans to use grant funding to update its historic mural. (WTTW News)

Historic Bronzeville YMCA Receives Grant for Preservation Efforts

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.

Musician Daniel Flores, also known as Trumpet Papi, joined “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” on July 14, 2023. (WTTW News)

Musician Uses Social Media to Highlight Latino Music, Chicago Sights

Peruvian musician Daniel Flores is on a mission to showcase Chicago’s beauty with help from a musical friend: his trumpet.

A photo displayed at “Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop Art” at the MAC at College of DuPage. (WTTW News)

Personal Side of Andy Warhol on Display in Exhibition in DuPage County

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.

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Art and Sustainability Meet on Chicago’s West Side, Where Artists Transform Plastics Into Benches

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.

(WTTW News)

Chance the Rapper on His Commitment to Building Community

Chance the Rapper’s nonprofit is trying to make sure Chicagoans have access to mental health care in an initiative called My State of Mind. It has offered nearly 3,000 different wellness programs since its 2019 inception.

WTTW News arts correspondent Angel Idowu learns how to use a tufting gun at Freestyle Ceramics and Tufting. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Bridgeport Tufting Studio Lets Crafters Make One-of-a-Kind Rugs

At Freestyle Ceramics and Tufting, anyone can make their own rug. Each session begins with a practice tutorial to ensure every tufter feels comfortable with the tufting gun.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Singer Celebrates Community, Promotes Healing with Debut Album

Vocalist Shawnee Dez is commemorating the release of her debut album, “Moody Umbra,” with a concert that includes a community jam session featuring a range of local artists.

Artist Mia Lee. (WTTW News)

Artist Mia Lee on Making Her Work Accessible: ‘I Want to Make Sure the Door is Open. Art is for Everyone’

One of Mia Lee’s more recent creations is the cover art design for Chicago musician Chance the Rapper’s latest single “YAH Know.” Lee is featured in the music video.

(WTTW News)

At Expo Chicago, the World is on Display With Over 170 International Art Galleries

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Expo Chicago, the city’s biggest annual celebration of all that Chicago's art scene has to offer.

SAIC student Jackie Patino uses art to heal. (WTTW News)

SAIC Student Uses Art as a Tool for Healing, Forgiveness

Art student Jackie Patino grew up in a religious household and had an exorcism performed on her. She now uses art not only to process trauma but also as a tool to heal and forgive.

“A Soldier’s Play” is at the CIBC Theatre through April 16. (WTTW News)

‘A Soldier’s Play’ Explores Racism, Brotherhood on Military Base

Norm Lewis stars as Capt. Richard Davenport in “A Soldier’s Play” at the CIBC Theatre through April 16. The show depicts a Black soldier’s experience during WWII.

(WTTW News)

Engaging Chicago’s Young Voters Ahead of Election Day

According to the Chicago Board of Elections, only 3% of voters ages 18 to 24 voted in the Feb. 28 Chicago municipal election.

“Mia” at the Greenhouse Theater Center brings attention to missing and abducted girls. (WTTW News)

With ‘Mia,’ Playwright Brings Attention to Missing, Abducted Girls

Where have all the young girls gone? That’s the theme of a new production at the Greenhouse Theater Center. Playwright Mary Bonnett wrote her production, “Mia,” in response to her experiences working with the Ojibwe tribe in Wisconsin.

Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith paints in watercolor. (WTTW News)

At 100, Artist Kay Smith Documents American History in Watercolor Paintings

From the Statue of Liberty to Mount Rushmore, Smith spent 50 years traveling the country and documenting historical landmarks with her watercolors.

Veteran Art Movement is partnering with UIC and three art institutions to highlight work created by artists impacted by war. (WTTW News)

Chicago Summit Showcases Work From Artists Impacted by War: ‘It’s Given Me an Outlet’

Veteran Art Movement is partnering with UIC and three art institutions to highlight work created by artists impacted by war. Veterans from across the country are gathering to experience that art and share stories from their time in the service.

(WTTW News)

Tattoo Artist Ryan Henry Transforms Skin, Tells Stories

Tattooing is a skill Ryan Henry taught himself nearly 14 years ago. It was about halfway through his career that Henry garnered national attention when his artwork was showcased on the show “Black Ink Crew Chicago.”

A mosaic from artist Keila Strong. (WTTW News)

Chicago Artist Gives Barrettes New Life in Colorful Mosaic Portraits

Unexpected household items are the focus of a local artist creating portraits for her inner child.

(WTTW News)

Chicago Entrepreneur Launches Black Hair Care Line Focused on Accessibility, Versatility

“Creating Black hair care products is important because I think most of the hair care on the market isn’t catered to us,” Vash Beauty Labs founder Karlene Davis said.

(WTTW News)

Green Book Exhibit Explores Life for Black Motorists During the Jim Crow Era

For nearly 30 years, the Green Book led Black drivers down American roads by outlining restaurants, hotels, safe houses and other safe spaces they could frequent without general fear for their lives.

(WTTW News)

‘The Bowie Project’ Honors Iconic Performer with Jazzy Twist

Saxophone player Jim Gailloreto with the Metropolitan Jazz Octet arranged some of the songs on the group’s new album, saying their lyrical interpretation of Bowie’s music informed their musical “adjustments.”

Artwork on display at the WNDR Museum. (WTTW News)

Chicago Collective Uplifts Creatives of Color at WNDR Museum

A group of Chicago artists is creating a unifying voice in a new collective geared toward strength in numbers. The New Vanguard Coalition is committed to uplifting Chicago creatives.

Actors in “Toni Stone” at the Goodman Theatre. (WTTW News)

‘Toni Stone’ Shines Spotlight on Groundbreaking Baseball Player

The Goodman Theatre's “Toni Stone” tells the story of the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues.

Terry Hunter. (WTTW News)

Chicago Producer Terry Hunter Brings House Music to Global Audience

South Side native Terry Hunter is up for a 2023 Grammy Award for his remix of Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.”