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False Profit
by Shane Tritsch
For thousands of investors, the promise of Clyde Hood and his Omega Trust & Trading – at least a fiftyfold return on their investment – looked like the answer to a prayer. But it turned out to be an empty guarantee from a ruinous, widespread scam.

Different Strokes
by Ann Wiens
The short time that Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin spent together produced some of the 19th century’s greatest masterpieces. The Art Institute of Chicago’s newest blockbuster explains how it happened.

Love with the Improper Stranger
by Dennis Rodkin
Annette Hoffman was a Gold Coast plastic surgeon when she met the love of her life, a charmer named Richard Bailey. Now he’s doing time for conspiracy to commit murder – but she says she’d marry him again.

Makeovers to the Max
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Pump up the volume the natural way, with new regimens for diet, exercise, and skin care.

Bold & Beautiful
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
This is a season for luxurious fabrics, sensuous lace, and feminine silhouettes from designers new and well known.

Hot Stuff
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Presenting players from the Chicago Fire soccer team – real men who go the distance whether they’re dressing up or down.

Wicked Good
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
These basic black accessories pack the spirit of razzle-dazzle – a rhinestone choker, patent leather boots, a feather corsage.




A Sex and the City for men; hot boutiques for cool shoes; the cocktail hour scene at W; and more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Advice for men – kick up your look with au courant accessories.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
A former movie actress takes her battle with her South Loop neighbors to federal court.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
A crowd of Tony winners is behind the Goodman’s world premiere of The Visit.

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A “dog-ugly” house on a landmark street in Uptown faces doom; an Italianate showpiece in Kenilworth shines.

Consumer Retorts
by Terry Sullivan
Like his grandfather before him, the author visited a tailor for a custom-made shirt. It was only fitting.

by Deborah Wilk
More than just Notre Dame football, South Bend boasts Victorian charm and other pleasures.

by James Ylisela Jr.
A year after a man died in a brawl involving guests from two politically connected weddings, investigators have yet to offer answers.

by Judy Sutton Taylor
From last-minute catering to emergency babysitting – if you need something done pronto, these pros can save the day.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Two hot spots blend classic French technique with contemporary hip – their names are numbered, but their days aren’t.

Expert Witness
by Carrie Sager
As long-time hostess of her namesake downtown deli, Eadie Levy knows a few things about how to please guests. So sit. Eat.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

In September
Savor a meander through the Sandwich Antiques Market and browse some real blasts from the past – the antiques and collectibles displayed by 500 dealers.


Wicker Park newcomer Spring hopes eternal with its Maine lobster spring roll.

On Wine
The Sauvignons blancs of New Zealand’s hallowed Marlborough region.


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