Michael Jordan’s Best Shot
by Ted Cox

The world’s greatest basketball player wants an NBA championship, but he can’t win one all by himself. Can the Bulls live up to Michael Jordan’s ambitions – and can he let them?

Chicago Story: Wish We Were There
by Jan Parr
Welcome to the rose-colored world of Curt Teich’s post cards – a land of custom-tailored men, famous eating places, and Iowa’s most beautiful filling station.

The Year of the Choosers
by David Jackson
What if the knee-jerk race voters, black and white, canceled each other out and left the rest of us with the job of choosing the city’s mayor? What if it happened this year?

Small Museums
by Timothy Bannon
John Dillinger’s death mask, a Wilma Flinstone cookie jar, and the original Mortimer Snerd dummy await discovery on this tour of quirky local collections.

Cetaceans in the City
by Christopher Hill
Enter the whales: The Shedd Aquarium prepares to welcome controversial tenants to new and luxurious lakeside quarters.

Death of a Ballet Company
by Beth Austin
Defunct at age seven: The Chicago City Ballet, beloved offspring of a famous ballerina and her millionaire husband. Cause of death: mismanagement, arrogance, and an ill-fated battle for a lady’s honor



by Hillel Levin, editor
Rising above the politics of polarization

by Achy Obejas
Gay rights, gay votes – a special report

by Henry Hanson
Kitsch by Jeff Koons; close-ups by Chuck Close; tigers by Tony Jones

Chicago Woman
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Getting what you want – and more – from the goddesses of feelgood

by Beth Austin
Corporate portraits: putting the best face on the CEO

The background – and black humor – of Greylord, the judicial scandal that shook Chicago

by Anthony Adler
What’s good? You ought to ask Tony’s mom.

by Penelope Mesic
In Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, two id-on-the-loose gigolos say let’s make a deal.

by Carla and Allen Kelson
Three ambitious new hotel dining rooms are takin’ on the Ritz.

Back Talk
by Henry Hanson
Robin Givens, Roland Burris, Rich Melman, Martin Puryear, and Richard Serra

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