The Real City
by Paul Engleman

Chicago is a melting pot that’s always on simmer – the city on the make is what you make of it.

Urban Adventures
by Gretchen Reynolds
It’s a concrete jungle out there. But not everywhere. Five great sporting escapes

by Edward R. Allen and Jill Rohde
From cops to cabbies, Chicagoans loiter by livelihood. A guide

Foreign Affaris
by Anne Spiselman and David Novick
Exotic foods, vibrant murals, and polka music – sights and sounds that fill our city’s ethnic pockets

The Intentional Tourist
by Edward R. Allen
Who’s the best at showing off Chicago? A critical look at local sightseeing tours

Shop Therapy
by Leah Eskin
The best stores for satisfying consuming passions. Plus, tips for tackling the Mag Mile

Treasure Hunts
by Geoffrey Johnson
How to get the most out of the city’s great cultural institutions? Take an expert guide.

At Home: Seeing the Light
by Christine Newman
After architect Robert D. Kleinschmidt moved into a Mies van der Rohe building, he risked improving on utopia.



Photos the Trib didn’t want you to see; a new museum of movie magic; Olympics-bound in Evanston; plus, Orpheus ascends to the operatic stage.

by Greg Hinz
CBA ratings come under scrutiny; Playboy bares its feminist side; and Bobby Rush hints he’s the man who would be boss.

Modern Times
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
An all-female hard-rock band breaks through the sound barrier to garner gigs, recordings, and guy groupies.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Widely praised as a merchant of amazement, Canadian actor and director Robert LePage brings his one-man show to town.

by Ted Fishman
Already fallen from grace, Arnold Kanter is the subject of more troubling questions.

Prime Time

Hot dates around town this month

The Goods

by Leah Eskin
Read all about it – porcelain dishes stamped with Parisian menus, an English tea service, poetic linens, and a baby suit designed to the letter.

by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Italian cooking delights in both a Lake Forest storefront and a strip-center spot in Merrillville, but disappoints in the sleek dining room of a downtown hotel.

Back Talk
by Henry Hanson

Mary Ward Wolkonsky, Yutaka Mino, Cardinal Bernardin, S. I. Newhouse, Betsy Rosenfield, and Roy Lichtenstein