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How to Do Everything Better

Who couldn’t use a little good advice? We went directly to the experts and solicited their best tips on how to improve our lives in myriad ways, such as impressing wine-snob friends, winning arguments, fending off attacker, eating for long life, decluttering a desk, and working smarter than the average monkey.

Is Separate Better?

The heir of a high-profile Chicago family, Tim King has devoted most of his professional life to educating less fortunate young black men. Now he’s betting on the promise of a new all-male high school.

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Features How Does Your High School Stack Up?by Dennis RodkinFrom teacher-student ratios and money spent per student to test scores and graduation rates, our statistical profile of 235 Chicago area high schools reveals which are making the grade-and which may need some remedial work. Saving Saharaby Carol FelsenthalLast October, the brutal murder of a teenage … Read more

College Cost 101

Moving vans, U-Hauls, and cars with futons sticking out of the trunk: telltale signs that the school year is here. And for many parents and students, it’s time to stress about the high costs of higher ed. Here is a look at the various costs—from books to boarding—at some of our area’s schools.

Class Action

War, pestilence, inflation: these are perilous times. But before giving in to despair, consider enrolling in one of these eight courses, which offer lots of learning—and a little hope