Having been running music festivals since 2005 (R.I.P. Intonation Festival!), Pitchfork is a saavy crew of promoters at this point. No longer the minor league for Lolla, the fests now regularly trade headliners (Hot Chip and Feist have both played Lolla previously; Vampire Weekend are pulling off the rare Pitchfork-Lolla-Pitchfork appearance) and the audience might be less 20-something face-painted scenesters and more 30-year-olds with blankets. But audience-schmaudience! Let’s talk about the entertainment.
Chicago takes pride in its talented residents. Unfortunately, that talent may be harder to see and get a feel for when looking for the writing elitists. If you want to get a taste of what the talented minds of Chicago are filling the pages with, all hope is not lost.
“We’re a library that’s read/write, instead of read-only,” Taylor explained to me over the sounds of an accordion playing on coffee shop speakers. “You can actually come in and add something you’ve written to Chicago history.”