Glorious Italian
Our dining critics have spent the past four months twirling their gilded forks. From spaghetti and meatballs to spaghetti with caviar, here they present the best of all foods Italiano in Chicago.

The Manilows Are In
by Carol Felsenthal
Susan and Lewis Manilow are a low-key, high-impact couple whose commitments – cultural and political – have changed the way the city works. This month they’ve got their sights set on the White House.

A Star Is Reborn
by Gale Kappe
After 75 years of cramped quarters and indifferent acoustics, the historic Goodman Theatre is ready to open the curtain on its new state-of-the-art space.

Being Tim Weigel
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
For 25 years, Tim Weigel has been a sports broadcaster with the bubbling enthusiasm of a fan. When he was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, he took the same upbeat approach.

Cote d’Or
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Shades of gold shimmer in this season’s eveningwear – in ethereal chiffons and rich, textured brocades. The feminine has never been so unforgettably femme fatale.




Al Franken Stumps for laughs; Sex and the City meets the Second City; inside the Green Tie Ball; top spots for fireside dining; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
A new girly, kid-friendly boutique, a paper shop for custom invites, invisible undies

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Kathleen Turner pumps up the volume to portray the divine excesses of Tallulah Bankhead.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
For her next career, wine-and-dine world player Amanda Larsen Puck romances the stones.

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A $12-million sale on the North Shore launches Chicago area house prices into the stratosphere.

Sullivan’s Travels

by Terry Sullivan
Will affirming a bum shoulder make it better?

by Echo and Kevin Garrett
The little-known ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao – boast divine weather, unique architecture, and some of the Caribbean’s best windsurfing and diving.

by Jeane MacIntosh
A 31-year-old mother of triplets living in a posh house in Palos Park is accused of running a high-priced call-girl ring.

by Steve Rhodes
The race for the congressional seat being vacated by John Porter has drawn national attention. Just one question: Is there any real difference between the candidates?

Expert Witness
by Wendy Tweedale
Caterer George L. Jewell keeps it fresh with advice on cooking a moist turkey.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

In November
The King Stag boasts masks and puppets by The Lion King‘s Julie Taymor; the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov appears with his White Oak Dance Project.

Real Chicago

A Lincoln Park legend, John Barleycorn, taps into a second home in Wrigleyville. Opening: An East Coast café giant, Cosi, gets cozy on Michigan Avenue.