5 Things Chicagoans Can’t Stop Talking About

From Preckwinkle versus Lightfoot to Robyn at Pitchfork, here’s what’s currently sparking conversations across the city. (On a related note, can we nominate Robyn for the 2023 election?)

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March, April, Mayoral Election

ICYMI, history is about to be made (and we couldn’t be more excited): Chicago is poised to have its first black female mayor. The official runoff election between Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle will occur on April 2, but early voting started on March 15. And if you apply by March 28, you can vote by mail. In other words, you’ve got no excuses—so get out there and vote.

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Heji Shin

The Music Fest Lineup Of Our Dreams

Robyn alone would be reason enough for us to clinch a three-day pass to the Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 to 21), now in its 14th year. But per the recently announced lineup, the headliner will be in good company with Mavis Staples, Haim and local favorite Whitney. So the question isn’t “Should you go?” it’s “How are you going to sneak backstage?”

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Rebecca Campbell

Your New Spring Uniform

Celebrate spring in Chicago in style, i.e., with a floral power suit. Hallie Borden, owner of local-focused boutique Milk Handmade, designed the dreamiest one, in heavyweight satin no less. It’s part of her new Private Label collection, and it’s blowing up our Instagram feed. For styling inspiration, look to Sara Rose.

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Melissa Ann Pinney

Chicago Women, Past And Present

It’s only fitting that The Wing landed in Chicago during Women’s History Month. Better yet, the women-focused coworking space marked the occasion with a series of posters and live statues honoring great Chicago women such as Jane Addams and Ida B. Wells. We’re counting the days until the official opening of the space at Fulton Market in mid-April.

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Kailley Lindman

Not Your Average Cocktails

We predicted last fall that West Loop cocktail joint Kumiko would be fire. And partners Julia Momose and Noah and Cara Sandoval (from the two Michelin-starred Oriole) do not disappoint. Their unique omakase experience is tailored to each diner, which means you might have a pepperberry tonic with Tasmanian pepperberry and sansho, or capital oysters served warm in kombu butter. We’ll have one of everything.