edited by Shane Tritsch
With temperatures falling, we’ve brought out the antifreeze: a bounty of ideas—from sled hills and cross-country ski trails to perfect homemade hot chocolate—to help you make the most of winter.
The True Story of the Deadly Encounter at Fort Dearborn
by Geoffrey Johnson
For years, a conflict between settlers and Potawatomi was called the Fort Dearborn Massacre. A park now at the site calls it the Battle of Fort Dearborn. What really happened that day so long ago?
by Bryan Smith
Facing middle age and a slowly expanding midsection, our writer stumbled upon figure skating—and fell hard for the sport in a personal odyssey from flailing rail-clutcher to competitive champ.
PAGE TWO Grading Mayor Daley’s Olympic-sized projects ARTS & CULTURE Meet Carrie Schneider, a rising star on the local art scene; a roundup of the year’s best cookbooks; Chicago’s video-gaming community meets the mouse; the Art Institute of Chicago mounts a major design show; the anatomy of a joke, by local up-and-coming comedian Adam Burke. Plus: December’s Pocket Guide program STYLE The ultimate gift guide: From naughty to nice, find 80-plus ideas for every personality on your holiday list, including 40 under $50.
It’s raining pintxos and pouring empanadas; Wicker Park gets satisfaction in the form of a honky-tonk taquería.
by Amalie Drury
Afterwork additions; where to take a load off from holiday shopping
by Cassie Walker
The poster boy for poster art? Jay Ryan, whose fanciful screen prints are sought-after worldwide
by Robert Sharoff
Building is stalled, architects unemployed, and new projects scarce. Welcome to the recession.
by Dennis Rodkin
A slow sale, foreclosure stress, and still-falling condo prices
by Jeff Ruby
Santa Claus is actually two brothers making toys in the West Loop.
The Nutcrackers, the Christmas Carols—and plenty of picks with no sign of Santa
Suburban action: Abigail’s and Glen Prairie break into the listings; Lovells drops to one star.
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