A Notice To Our Readers*

Update as of March 24: Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have placed an asterick (*) next to all of our home page categories. In the absence of new events, we've decided to highlight some of the great arts institutions and businesses that make Chicago such a great place to live. Go to Suport the Arts to see these providers. We hope you will take the time to explore these institutions and perhaps, contribute to the non-profits that will suffer greatly due to this pandemic. March 14: As you no doubt know, almost every public event scheduled for the next two weeks has been cancelled or postponed. We will leave most of our event pages “as is” with the hope that many of these events will be rescheduled later in the year. Readers are advised to check with EVERY venue as to whether their event will proceed. Many venues have set April 1 as the date they may resume operations, but even that date remains a question mark. We have seen a wide variety of responses as to how organizations are handling cancelations. Many venues will provide refunds. Many non-profits are asking that patrons contribute their tickets as a tax-deductible donation to support their ongoing operations. Certainly, every business or non-profit will suffer dramatically as commerce and the arts come to a halt for at least two weeks. We encourage those who have the financial means to contribute their tickets to their favorite art provider. We hope you are staying safe. We also hope that our readers remember the artists and staff who make the arts such a robust place in Chicago. We are reminded of the hours and hours of hard work that went into the creation of the many events we promote and the fact that those efforts have now come to naught. We recognize the deep sense of loss this turn of events has caused to those who have worked so hard to share their talents with the community. Silos is a term many have used recently in several contexts. Information silos refers to the tendency to keep our knowledge insulated from “outsiders.” The term also refers to the habit to myopically view the world. This is the time to come out of our silos, help each other, and support each other. This is the time to think of how others are being affected by this global event. This is not the time to retreat, this is the time to step forward.