Quiz: How Well Do You Know African-American Musicians in Chicago?

Throughout February, we celebrate African American History Month. While you’re probably familiar with The Staple Singers, as we’ve been reading this season’s One Book, One Chicago selection I'll Take You There, we wanted to test your knowledge of other Chicago African American music makers. Take our quiz and find out how much you know…
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#TBT: Celebrating Etta James

One of my all-time favorite songs for a newlywed couple’s first dance is "At Last" by Etta James. Somehow it never gets old. The melodic notes, soaring rifts and gritty tones seem to predict the coming ups and downs of marital bliss, captivating young and old alike. For this Throwback Thursday, we celebrate the phenomenal…
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Songs of Protest

There is a rich history of protest music in this country, and these songs have carried social movements and inspired change. In celebration of One Book, One Chicago, I'll highlight some noteworthy protest songs.  "Strange Fruit," which was originally a poem that became a song, was first recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939 and would…
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Quiz: Musical Families

We've learned a lot about the Staples family through this season's One Book, One Chicago selection, I'll Take You There. From their humble beginnings singing on the living room floor to their rise to becoming one of the most important groups in the civil rights movement, the book tells the story of their journey and…
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Halloween Tunes for Kids

Ghosts and goblins, witches and vampires, werewolves and mummies, too!  Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I love decorating the house, making costumes for trick-or-treating and hosting haunted parties for the kids. If you're planning your own Halloween bash, or just looking to set the mood for a spooktacular October, try one of these frightening but…
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