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The new school of Chicago comedy

The city's most cutting-edge comedy isn't on the stages of venerated clubs such as Second City and iO. It's happening in attics, garages, and other makeshift performance spaces. Chief among them: the Shithole.

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Ben Joravsky argues that Chicago needs a financial transaction tax now more than ever. In Theater, Tony Adler explains how Steppenwolf's East of Eden is a mythic misstep and Zac Thompson recommends Victory Gardens' boxing drama Sucker Punch. And in Food & Drink, Mike Sula has mostly good things to say about Sarah Jordan's spiffy takeover of former greasy spoon Johnny's Grill.

ON THE COVER: Photo of Theaster Gates's Stony Island Arts Bank by Tom Harris. Read more in Kate Sierzputowski's preview of the opening of the Arts Bank.
The Reader's Bar Guide: Hundreds of bars searchable by neighborhood and our top recommended watering holes in Chicago
The People Issue. 20 stories exploring what makes Chicago work.

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Galleries & Museums
Alexandre da Cunha MCA Plaza
July 18
Performing Arts
Sucker Punch Victory Gardens Theater
September 18

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