Can This Be the Midwest?
Adventure vacations among alpine meadows, sandstone cliffs, forested islands, limestone canyons, and riverfront bluffs.

Cream of the Crop
by Dennis Rodkin
These five nurseries, the area’s best, help local plant lovers perfect their gardens while cultivating their green thumbs.

Emerald City
by Jill Riddell
Beyond Chicago’s asphalt jungle, the forest preserves of Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties contain a verdant wonderland ripe for exploration.

Fashion: Urban Plunge
by Stacy Wallace-Albert, photography by Tom Maday
The latest layers of summerwear swim in from the beach. Hot halters and basic bikinis slip in for cooling action under sheers, beads, and T’s.

Dangerous Therapy
by Cynthia Hanson
Pat Burgus hoped for healing under the care of psychiatrist Bennett Braun. Instead, she wound up suicidal and convinced she was a cannibal. Now she’s talking about the nightmare she lived in the psych ward.

Love at First Byte
by Maud Lavin and Locke Bowman
They were a couple in college, then went their separate ways in New York and Chicago. Two decades later, following a flirty, revealing e-mail cybercourtship, they were reunited.

At Home: Space Odyssey
by Christine Newman
In the expansive, well-ordered world of the Walgreen family, there is a place for everything and everybody.




Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
A shop full of tops, running shoes for tots, frames that took the train

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Tap triumphs the African-American way in Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Former Bear Keith Van Horne demands his day in court with a radio shock jock.

by David Segal
Nell Minow is a rabble-rouser with a cause: making laggard companies excel.

by Trevor Jensen
The Democratic machine is dead; long live Ed Kelly’s memories of how it was.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Two new low-key retreats in intriguing locations are stirring up the city’s café scene.

Sullivan’s Travels
by Terry Sullivan
The name is Benson. Raymond Benson. Ian Fleming’s successor hits the casino.