Many Happy Returns
by Scott McMurray

Chicago is home to some of the hottest mutual funds anywhere. Six of the best local fund managers reveal their investment strategies and pick their favorite Chicago-area stocks.

Sex, Lies, and Volleyball
by Cynthia Hanson
Girls volleyball coach Rick Butler sent more than 100 players off to college and the pros. Now three of his former stars say he took advantage of their dreams.

Fashion’s It Girl
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
With hip classics, a string of boutiques, and a hot new show room, Cynthia Rowley is succeeding by design. Her reaction? “Gosh!”

Race Against Death
by Steve Boman
The Chicago area is dotted with transplant centers, but patients are likely to wait longer for a donor than they will elsewhere.

Treasure Trade
by Liz Pawelko
Designer labels offer cachet, but the cost can be sky high. Now, more and more resale shops are suiting up couture lovers for a fraction of the retail price.



Actor Fred Williamson; Lorelei the Loop Babe; author James McManus; and more

The Goods
by Jennifer Epstein
Love objects that talk the talk

by Greg Hinz
Did a big-time downtown law firm scratch a powerful alderman’s back?

Real Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
behind the Prairie Crossing community, there are big plans for conservation.

Show Biz
by Peter Margasak
Ministry’s Al Jourgensen comes home with a new record, a new record, a new drug rap, and the same black hat.

Modern Times
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
To encourage teamwork, a number of corporations are making their employees get physical for a natural high.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
After 150 roles, James Earl Jones scores again, playing a Chicago cop with dignity and tough maturity.

Prime Time

Hot dates around town this month

by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Eye-catching décor and spirited food enliven two new taverns that are nothing like the corner bar of yesteryear.

Sullivan’s Travels
by Terry Sullivan

Naugahyde, piano, and great rob roys: The Zebra is a by-God cocktail lounge.