Getting into Christmas: Tree People
by Achy Obejas

They’re only small-time capitalists, but they deck the town in firs.

Getting into Christmas: The Art of the Ornament
by Joanne Trestrail
Local artists hang some imagination on our tree.

Getting into Christmas: My Life as Scrooge
by William J. Norris
Ten years of humbug with the star of A Christmas Carol.

Getting into Christmas: Gift Rap
by Pat Schulman
You, too, can survive shopping. All it takes is presents of mind.

Getting into Christmas: All that Glitters
by Chris Vartanian
Great, jeweled waves of seasonal splendor.

The Millers Versus the Cheevers
by Dan Santow
The battle over The Uncollected Stories of John Cheever is a tempestuous saga of insults, accusations, threats – and bad behavior by almost everyone.

Chicago Story: Dreams of Saturday Night
by Rick Kogan
Celebrities and satin turbans at the Pump Room

The Lottery
by Marj Halperin
For middle-class parents, a spot in a magnet school is worth fighting for. It’s even worth cheating for.

The Reign of Terra
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Everything about his very American museum has proceeded so smoothly, says Daniel J. Terra, that he’s amazed he’s not an egomaniac. Some people beg to differ on both points.



by Hillel Levin, editor
Getting their kids into the best schools brings out the worst in some parents.

by David Jackson
A few bites with Danny Davis; cop misses boat.

by Henry Hanson
Boggs draw for dollars; haute glitz hits Windy City; Sendak tames wild things.

Chicago Woman
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
The exchange of presents between men and women is too often fraught with craziness and small appliances.

by Mark Jannot
The ugly, expensive, high-tech 3-D portrait: a tale of marketing

by Anthony Adler
A centennial tribute to Eugene O’Neill by three actors in a one-man show

Kup tells too much about everybody…including himself.

by Penelope Mesic
Oh, no! Ono continues to control the Lennon legacy in Imagine.

by Carla and Allen Kelson
The local restaurant scene in review, 1988

Back Talk
by Henry Hanson
Alan Dixon, Rhonda Fleming, The Ladies Who Lunch, Richard Himmel and Serra

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