What ever happened to hedonism? Our correspondents went all out to bring back those delicious days of excess and escapism. In that spirit of pure pleasure, we present this guide to being good to yourself.
Love Among the Ruins
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
The love-and-loss relationship between Scott McPherson and Danny Stotomayor has eerie parallels with McPherson’s play Marvin’s Room. The release of the movie prompts a look back at their lives and final days.
The Pursuit of Fabulousness
by Carroll Stoner and Philip Berger
They many draw more corporate types than air-kissers these days, but black-tie parties are still de rigueur for high society – and remain a crucial fundraising scheme for countless charities. A guide to 23 of Chicago’s best galas
King of Gains
by Scott McMurray
Investment wizard Richard Driehaus may be the best small-stock portfolio manager in the land. Now he has diversified into marriage and fatherhood.
Heaven Can Wait
by Dale Eastman
Puerto Rico offers Chicago snowbirds more than Old San Juan. Touring the island’s natural splendor and rural paradores reveals its hidden pleasures. Plus: meeting the man with the plantation on nearby Vieques
Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Four men in sober suits act up in Graham Greene’s Travels with My Aunt.
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
French-Vietnamese food invites foreign intrigue at two convivial restaurants.
by Randy Minkoff
Howard Stern is making another run at the Chicago market. Is anybody listening?
by Jennifer Epstein
Wild gloves that deserve a warm round of applause for standing up to winter
The Mad Haberdasher
by Jonathan Eig
Out of his tailor shop on Roosevelt Road, Harold Fox unleashed the zoot suit craze.
by Jeanne Rattenbury
From canvas to cashmere, the Mag Mile has sprouted stores for every budget.
by Terry Sullivan
Riverview Park is long gone, but its kewpie-doll supplier is still casting.