The Secret Battle Over Charlie Swibel
by Steven Gittelson

Chicago wasn’t ready for public housing reform, and Washington wasn’t ready for Chicago.

Tales From the “House of 400 Thieves”
by Alan Gross
Is there such a thing as “wholesale to the public”? Come to the Mallers Building and find out.

John Cage Takes Chances
by Raymond Wilding-White
The controversial composer maps out a chunk of Chicago.

Winging it in Oshkosh
by Joanne Trestrail
If you love airplanes – from antiques to little jets – go on up to Oshkosh for the world’s largest aviation event.

The Waiting Game
by James K. Glassman
Will disinflation continue, or will inflation roar back? Here’s how to prepare for either eventuality.

Taking a Broad View: Investing Overseas
by Douglas F. Lamont
Including an international dimension in your account may take some getting used to, but it can be very profitable.



by Henry Hanson
Uppie gets letters, lots of letters; Kevin Roche gets the Pritzker Architecture Prize; and music lovers get free Grant Park concerts.

William Brashler: The Fine Art of Murder
Writers still handle the task with style, but its real perpetrators show signs of sloppiness.

Books: Trillin’s Sit-down Takeoffs
Political wisdom from a man who plays fast and funny at this typewriter

Movies: Video Collisions
by Dave Kehr

The Mystery of Oberwald is an experiment in the mysteries of a new medium.

City: Prescription for Peace
by Andrew Patner
Seeking a cure for the ultimate health hazard – nuclear war
Chicago as it Was: Checking in at the Fair
by Perry R. Duis and Glen E. Holt
Accommodations at the 1983 world’s fair came in all shapes and sizes.
Travel: A Land of Strange Beauty
by Jamie Gilson
Pony treks, geysers, waterfalls, salmon fishing – Iceland has lots of surprises.
Audio: Sound Intentions

by Rich Warren
If the name is Sony, the quality is superb.

The Goods
by Jamie Gilson
Forget money trees and free lunches; we know where Cracker Jack is still a dime a box, where dancing shoes are $15 a pair, where Michigan peaches are 20 percent off.

Dining on a Budget: More Than Just a Pretty Face
by Jill and Ron Rohde
With a name like Muddrucker’s, you know that the food has got to be good.

Dining on the Town: Five Big Bites of the Big Apple
by Carla and Allen Kelson
Our indefatigable critics tackle the New York restaurant scene.

The Best of Chicago: Touching Bases with the Old Tradition
by Dave Yuzo Spector
Wrigley Field has at least one winner.

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