Summer Pleasures for ‘95
by Dale Eastman and Liz Pawelko

A list of singular sensations – from the first backyard bacchanalia to the last game of twilight golf – that will help prime your plans for the next several months of fun, sun, and sand

Raging Boul
by Ted Allen
It’s the best of times for business on Michigan Avenue – and the worst for defenders of the street’s vanishing elegance and fine architecture. Is it time to balance commerce and culture on the Magnificent Mile?

Written on the Wind
by Paul Engleman
Once the country’s writing capital, Chicago still has a vibrant writers’ community. But a host of changes have reduced the odds that you’ll read about it.

Take the Money and Write
by Dale Eastman
Unhappy as a writer, John Wessel vowed in the 1970s to become a great bookstore clerk. A $900,000 contract with Simon & Schuster changed his plans.

Structural Details
photography by Ken Frantz
Swimwear goes architectural with underwiring and boning, and makes a splash with bright Bauhaus colors.

At Home: Let the Sun Shine In
by Christine Newman

A renovation transformed this house on the lake into a light, open space with more than one secret hiding place.



A tattooist retires; an artist inspires; a cabby sings; and an astronaut’s story splashes onto the big screen.

The Goods
by Liza Schoenfein
Picnic accessories for alfresco feasts

by Greg Hinz
A host of Dems circle over Michael Flanagan; plus, the Trib‘s curious silence on the Tribune Company’s minority tax break

Modern Times
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
A belle on wheels tells what it takes to catch a car thief.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
The artistic director and the managing director have quit. What’s going on at Steppenwolf?

Prime Time

Hot dates around town this month

by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Two splendid dining rooms, hidden in downtown hotels, have yet to turn local heads.

Going Places
by Anne Spiselman
A leisurely drive up the Michigan shore reveals the best of both worlds – trendy shops and cafes alongside tranquil lakefront retreats.

by Terry Sullivan

On a stretch of Devon Avenue known as Gandhi Marg, the locals know the value of gold.