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6 years
ago

Oprah Unbound

FROM DECEMBER 2008: After 25 years, Chicago’s Media Queen builds a bigger business and charitable empire, dabbles in politics, and strikes out for the West. Can $2.7 billion buy happiness?

6 years
ago

Of Prime Interest

Here are the 20 best steak houses in the Chicago area. Call them manly. Call them indulgent. Call them politically out of step. Then call them for reservations.

6 years
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The Best for Less

In a recession, the old adage “Time is money” gets flipped on its head in favor of the other, more useful mantra: “Why pay more?” Why, indeed? Read our comprehensive guide for getting top-notch stuff at dramatic savings.

6 years
ago

Daley vs. Daley

For much of the past half century, a mayor named Daley has towered over Chicago. We compare the reigns of father and son, assessing their triumphs and failures, their impact on the city—and what their enduring dominance at the polls says about us

6 years
ago

Best of Chicago

Whoever said “Good enough” probably didn’t get very far in life. In our annual pursuit of better living through extreme pickiness, we discovered the best reasons to celebrate our ever-expanding city.

6 years
ago

Top Jobs for Tough Times

With the economy weakening and the unemployment line growing, we searched for—and found—some good news: local employers who aren’t just surviving the current economic malaise but thriving, hiring, and treating their employees right

6 years
ago

Our Lake

From kayaking to fly-fishing to building castles in the sand: a user’s guide to summer on the water

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ago

Best New Restaurants

Twenty-one restaurants, countless thrills. Several of this year’s top new spots bend rules and influences; others give classic genres much-needed shots of adrenaline. Either way, all 21 of them loom large in a booming restaurant landscape where it’s getting harder and harder to do that.

6 years
ago

Who Makes What

Our roundup of area paychecks is back, naming names and giving dollar amounts for more than 250 sports figures, business people, government workers, creative types, and more. We’ve also got the scoop on Michael Jordan and on Obama’s campaign staff. Check it out—you know you’re curious.

6 years
ago

Best for Kids—and Parents, Too!

Chicago is rich with possibilities for families, which is why we’ve devoted this story to providing a guide to the best stuff for kids, parents, and moms-to-be. Take along our field guide to birds and critters on your next hike. Read advice from Chicago’s reigning baby-sleep specialist, Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Check out our taste test of birthday cakes from the city’s top-tier bakeries. All this and more.