Growing Up Jackson
by Dale Eastman
As the Reverend Jesse’s eldest son takes office in Washington, it’s easy to fancy the Jacksons as the country’s first black political dynasty. But as some 40 hours with them reveals, when you’re a Jackson, nothing is ever easy.
Thanks, New York, for Giving Us the Bulls
by Filip Bondy
Our beloved hoops juggernaut of Michael, Scottie, Phil, and the Worm would be unrecognizable today without years of thoughtful help from the Knicks. A New York sportswriter says it’s so.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Obscurity
by Todd Pruzan
What’s a 38-year-old Welsh punk rocker doing in Logan Square? Painting cowboy pictures, of course. Meet the Mekons’ Jon Langford, musical jack-of-all-trades and artist to watch.
by Richard Cahan and Mark Jacob
Recently unearthed photographs from the 1933-34 Chicago world’s fair reveal a few attractions that aroused the public and rattled the expo.
Best New Restaurants
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman
In their never-ending quest for the latest taste sensations, our reviewers sampled hundreds of meals to come up with the 21 best new spots.
by Jennifer Epstein
by Greg Hinz
by Carroll Stoner
Can Chicago’s upper crust raise enough dough to support the Joffrey Ballet?
by Joel Kaplan
The medical examiner who stood up to the mayor when the heat was on
Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Producer Frederick Marx goes one on one with a media-savvy satirist.
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Jewelry designer Patricia Locke takes stock of our primal instincts – and hers.
by Anne Spiselman
Urban grit meets pricey shops in Wicker Park and Bucktown. Result: funky chic
by Terry Sullivan