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Op-ed: We should all care about Chicago’s ailing arts industry

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Opening the Arts section in the Tribune for the 2021 Fall Arts Preview, normally the annual kickoff for the year of the performing arts, was a real wake-up call! The lead article, titled “Fall arts are back,” (Sept. 12) drove it home. The author asks, “Going on two years since we had a fall arts season. ... A fall arts season that looks like a fall arts season. On the other hand, who cares anymore? I’m not certain I do.”

It feels as if we have all awakened from a bad dream just to realize that it’s not a dream at all. After almost two years of dormancy, severe financial pain and suffering, the performing arts industry, which was among the first industries to close, is now on the brink of being the last to reopen. But “who cares anymore?”

“Who cares anymore” that Chicago is a world-class city with our museums, our symphony, our dance, our theaters and our music?

For those considering a relocation to Chicago, or a visit as a tourist, culture is what differentiates Chicago from other cities, and whenever we can support culture, it not only impacts our economy — it adds to the........

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