Chicago magazine February 2011 Homes of the Stars Issue

Chicago magazine’s February issue hits newsstands Thursday, January 20th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Elizabeth Riley at

Open House (cover story): We visit the homes of Nate Berkus, Alfonso Soriano, Leslie Hindman, Julia Sweeney, Joe Trohman, and Regina Taylor to find out how these local celebrities live. 

When Jim Met Gladys: Lightning struck when the artists Jim Nutt and Gladys Nilsson met at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. At 72, he has a new show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and in July the couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Writer Christine Newman catches up with them as they talk their way back in time.

The Memory Collector: In the 36 years since its publication, Lost Chicago, which catalogs the Windy City’s destroyed architectural treasures, has become one of the city’s essential books. But the colorful recollections of its author, David Lowe, may be just as valuable a treasure.

Gentleman Caller: A roundup of sophisticated men’s fashions. All the essentials every “dapper” guy must have, including debonair accessories, an impressive selection of mantiques, and the guts to wear a bow tie.

Clone Ranger: Chicago law professor and novelist Lori Andrews reigns as the nation’s foremost untangler of the profound legal and ethical questions surrounding today’s strangest biotech cases.

When Doves Cry: In honor of Valentine’s Day, humor columnist Jeff Ruby tells the tale of the most depressing date in history.