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November 1996 Table of Contents


Great Dining ‘96
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman

To uncover the latest in munchies, martinis, and masterpieces, our dining experts ate their way through dozens of restaurants – from exciting new gems to comfortable old favorites – and all to pique your culinary curiosity. Plus: Is the pen mightier than the fork? Ted Allen moderates a critics’ cook-off.

Going Solo at Trio
by Ted Allen
Adoring diners and critics heaped praise on Evanston’s toniest restaurant for two years before the three-way partnership abruptly fell apart. Today, Trio’s proprietor and his two departed chefs still haven’t quite cooled off.

The Golden Meanies
by Jonathan Eig and Cynthia Hanson
Meanness, a trait that helped build Chicago into a sprawling, brawling metropolis, is alive and kicking in the city today. Meet 17of the baddest – and in many cases most highly effective folks in town.

Murder in Paradise
by Leah Eskin
A Chicago man convicted this year of pushing his second wife off a hotel in Antigua has been sentenced to hang. Now, as he awaits the gallows, his eldest daughter no longer wonders who killerd her mother 12 years ago.

Fashion: Tender is the Night
photography by Tom Maday
This year’s evening wear takes a novel turn, with lush, slinky sheaths paired with heavenly jewels worthy of a Jazz Age heroine.





Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Fisher Stevens hooks a TV series.

The Bold Soprano
interview by Liz Phair

Catherine Malfitano talks with a fan about her new Lyric Opera role.

by Jill Riddell
Canada geese are flocking to Chicago, and some suburbanites are honking mad.
by Adam Cohen
Flashback: Did Richard J. Daley put in the big fix for John F. Kennedy?

The Goods
by Jennifer Epstein
Shaken, not stirred – with a twist

Welcome to Schwimmerville
by Penelope Mesic
Actor Davis Schwimmer gets by – and flies high – with a little help from his friends.
Going Places
by Anne Spiselman
Small-town ease sprinkled with big-city sass makes for an urban escape, Hinsdale-style.
Sullivan’s Travels

by Terry Sullivan
Which goes first? At John’s Poultry, it’s whichever turkey you condemn.

Chicago Guides
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