The Hall: An Appreciation
by William Brashler

Inside 11 of the most beguiling stories in town: an intimate look at City Hall in a time of transition, by one of the city’s most diligent observers

by Michael Anania
Being incomprehensible, after all, is hard work.

Friendly Confines
by Lenny Kleinfeld
Our ex-columnist explains why he left his heart in Chicago when he followed his wallet to L.A.



by Henry Hanson
Savoring a Bears win in a skybox; reform-minded Walter Netsch’s plans for the parks; remembering curator A. James Speyer

On the Aisle: Adventures Past, Present –
by Claudia Cassidy
and future, on stages at Ravinia and Lyric

Theatre: The Envelope, Please
by Tom Valeo

An insider’s look at the controversy surrounding the Jeff Awards

The Goods
by Jamie Gilson
For January’s jaded souls, a spirited list of things and places: a better can opener; a store for the advancement of early-modern furniture, another for vintage pine; a luxury car wash. And more
Art: Domestic Dreams
by Henry Hanson
Don Baum’s paint-by-number housing project; Jeanette Pasin Sloan’s spotless vessels and vases
Travel: O Canada!
by Jane Samuelson
Looking for that faraway feeling? Quebec delivers – with pleasure.
Movies: Betrayal
by Peter Keough
The black moods of Jean-Jacques Beineix, director of Betty Blue

M.W. Newman: Confessions of a Lakefront Conservative
Protecting our wonderful shoreline demands a traditional approach.

Books: Wounded
Larry Heinemann’s war-torn ghost story

City: A Ticket Out of Misery
by Barbara Garland Polikoff
A pioneering program has helped thousands of poor families find new lives among the middle class.

Dining on a Budget: East Heads West
by Anne Spiselman and David Novick
Grab your chopsticks and head to Westmont’s Oriental mall.

Dining on the Town: Supping in the Suburbs
by Carla and Allen Kelson
The options near O’Hare are looking up.

The Best of Chicago: Have Camera, Will Travel
by David Jackson
The documentary films of Scott Craig are special indeed.

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