Burlesque: A Chicago Institution (Video | NSFW)

By Michael Bacos Sultry. Seductive. Shimmy. Quiver. Bump. Grind. These are some of the words in the vocabulary of a burlesque performer. You may think the art of burlesque is dead, only to be remembered by watching old roaring 20s filmstrips in the vault of historical societies. Burlesque faced declining audiences starting in the 1930s. But the art […]

A chance for a change for Cook County Jail women

By Enrica Nicoli-Aldini Several colored posters decorate the walls of Division 17 at Cook County Jail, motivating its women residents with words of encouragement such as “Together we can make it.” Light blue walls lead the way up to the Pink Salon, a beauty shop where women can work or get their hair and nails […]