Best New Restaurants
by Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne Spiselman

Chicago has long been known as a great restaurant town, and this year is no exception. Our reviewers tasted everything from very American fried green tomatoes to Toulousian cassoulet and came up with 20 new top spots.

Queen of Arts
by Liza Schoenfein
Auction maven Leslie Hindman is a master at selling sofas, sideboards, and herself. Stardom could also be hers if a new national TV show scores big – but some former colleagues won’t be tuning in.

Famous Unknowns
by Sharon Cohen and Sarah Nordgren
They advise the President, influence international events, appear on Nightline – but are little known here. Meet 20 of the most influential Chicagoans you’ve never heard of.

Cicero Vice
by Donal G. Quinlan
The mayor of Chicago’s most notorious suburb is waging war on prostitution. But Betty Loren-Maltese is also the widow of an alleged mobster who ran a town-hall bookie operations. Can she really clean up Cicero?

The Man Who Could Be Michael
by Dean Spiros
Beyond setting hockey scoring records, beyond winning the Stanley Cup eve, Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick has a goal: He wants to be a supercelebrity.



Amy Yoes’s big art; Beverly’s 25th house tour; Neel Keller stages John Guare; and the Emotions send the best of their love.

The Goods
by Liza Schoenfein
Playing to win with updated games that take an arty spin

by Greg Hinz
The story behind the fight over Auditorium profits. Plus: On the crusade trail with the congressman’s wife

Modern Times
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
What makes this hairstylist great, says one client, is that she’s ruthless – she won’t compromise.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Visionary director Mary Zimmerman makes her mainstage debut at Goodman with Journey to the West.

by Iris Krasnow
The Tribune‘s James Warren gets tough with his peers.

Prime Time

Hot dates around town this month

Going Places
by Anne Spiselman
Oak Street is the city’s center for style. Mag Mile changes have made it tonier than ever.

by Geoffrey Johnson

During World War II, Dempsey Travis met the enemy, and it was us.