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February 2008 Table of Contents

Features

Nothing But Net: 171 Great Chicago Web Sites
by Stuart Luman, Graham Meyer, and Dawn Reiss
Lost in front of the Web address bar? Search engines letting you down? We scoured the Web to find the sites that make the lives of Chicagoans better in the real world, winnowing the chaff from the wheat to give you the best real-estate search, the most active foodie forum, the top local news sources, and much, much more.

Net Pix
by Brittany Blair
Since the photo-sharing Web site Flickr went online four years ago, it has amassed more than 2 billion photographic images—and nearly 1.9 million of them have a Chicago connection. From an earthbound angel to an eerie nocturnal landscape, here are 13 local pix that click. 

Mr. Un-Popularity
by David Bernstein
Rod Blagojevich was something of a golden boy when he became governor of Illinois—a young, charismatic champion of change with powerful backers and presidential aspirations. Now he may be the most unpopular governor in the country. A look at how things fell so completely apart 

Suite Dreams
by Noah Isacksons
The city’s top hotels are competing for big-spending travelers—celebrities, VIPs, and anyone else who is flush. With the opening of the Trump Hotel, to be followed by several internationally known five-star brands, the rivalry of high-end hospitality promises to be rich. 

Battle of the Ages
by Geoffrey Johnson
After a long reign as the city’s oldest residence, the Henry B. Clarke House, built in 1836, confronts the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, built in 1833. But the final decision in this face-off isn’t up to the calendar alone. 

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Arena
PAGE TWO Just in time for the primary, a graphic design expert clears up the confusion about our ballots ARTS & CULTURE A love affair between dance and architecture; why the French paparazzi love Bulls rookie Joakim Noah; Sundance favorite Chicago 10 finally hits local screens; Nora Dunn goes from SNL to the Off-Loop; happy coupling tales; 101 foods that do a body good; books, music, more SERVICE DESK Hula, anyone? Our roundup of dance classes offers fun ways to beat cabin fever and burn calories. Plus: Online spending habits STYLE Snowboarding gear worth getting stoked about; a very brainy—if we do say so ourselves—trend forecast for 2008; an amazing new makeup store in Libertyville; lip-gloss our experts can’t do without; fashion for tall women PLUS: Sales Check

Table
Haute potatoes; the hottest restaurants right now; how two brasseries define the genre

Cheers
by Sarah Preston
You can bet on it: OTB goes upscale in River North; a few words from Trump’s drink mixer 

Media
by Robert Reed
Local TV stations are pulling out the high-tech stops in an effort to retain viewers. Can high-def save the ten-o’clock news?  

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A Lincoln Park modern, the other Jim McMahon, Nue-stra Casa goes national, and other housing news

Classifieds

The Closer
by Jeff Ruby
I think that I shall ne’er behold / a poem, lovely as the ode / on suburbs that will here unfold

Chicago Guide®
Your handbook to what’s going on around town  She’s got talent: A Miss America runner-up shines; Chicago’s Heat Wave, rekindled

Restaurants
The definitive guide to Chicago’s top restaurants. North Pond is better than ever; Gioco slips a notch.

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