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Obama’s Power Problem

THE OBAMA WAY: Republicans may enjoy calling the president a typical Chicago politician. But Rick Perlstein argues that Obama isn’t Chicago enough—and that’s why he faces such a tough contest on November 6.

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Fall Culture Guide

Fall is typically Chicago culture’s golden season, but this one gleams platinum. We’re welcoming a Broadway-bound musical, an art blockbuster, first-class concerts, and the final installment of a razor-sharp literary trilogy—plus new plays, dances, movies, and more, from a crop of turbocharged Chicagoans.

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Best of Chicago 2012

We pick 124 winners: amazing food, wonderful bars, super shops, culture finds, top-notch health and beauty services, great stuff for kids, and outstanding neighborhood businesses

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The Alfresco Guide to Summer: Best Things to Do Outdoors in Chicago

The breezes are balmy. The skies are blue (the lake, too). Summer is hands down the best season in Chicago. Why on earth would you stay inside? With this painstakingly researched guide to 167 best dining, drinking, shopping, concertgoing, and flower-smelling options to be found out of doors in ten neighborhoods, you’ll need to retreat from Mother Nature only to sleep. And we’re pretty sure even that is optional.

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Midwest Foodie Destinations

WILL DRIVE FOR FOOD: Craving a road trip? These five towns have it all: great scenery, lots of things to do for the whole family, and—here’s what’s new—amazing restaurants and artisanal foods, beers, and wines that will keep you happy no matter what you’re hungry for. Best of all, they’re all reachable by car. Find out who our winners are, listed by distance from Chicago.

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Best New Restaurants

Chicago’s crack team of dining critics eat themselves silly and rank the top spots to open in the past 12 months

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Chicago Home Prices and Trends

The latest home price data for 70 neighborhoods and 198 suburbs. Click on the categories to sort by median sale price, percentage change, number of sales, and median days on market.

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The List

Daley’s moved on. Oprah, too. These are the titans of 2012.