Thompson’s Last Stand
by Carol Felsenthal

George Bush didn’t tap him as V.P., so what’s next for Big Jim? A fifth term as governor might be fun – or is the party finally over?

Escape from Cicero
by T.M. Spencer
It was a hometown short on imagination and long on two-flat logic. Good tenants were like money in the bank.

Fashion: Color Communicates
by Chris Vartanian
Try something brilliant on for size: Fall’s new coats are bright spots on a gray horizon.

Chicago Story: Leader of the Flock
by Hugh Hart
Memories of rock-and-roller Ricky Canoff, who died before he got old

Not that Abnormal
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
He doesn’t want anyone to know him, says Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, and besides, he’s basically just a regular guy. It’s everybody else who’s cuckoo.

Why Was Hairy Who?
Roger Brown talks to the artists who became a genuine Chicago phenomenon in the sixties – they worked, laughed, danced, and quit while they were ahead.



by Hillel Levin, editor
The high price of buying what a wise guy’s got to sell

by David Jackson
Cab fever; a job for a hero; Noah Robinson’s big catch

by Henry Hanson
Soviet artist toasts the town; Philip Glass raises the roof; Newberry returns to Camelot.

It’s the end of an era for factory workers, and there’s no way back.

by Lisa Kartus
Winning with losers: Can Ken Hathi turn a profit on corporate castoffs?

Chicago Woman
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Who’s arty now? The Dynasty complex and the search for decent exposure

by Anthony Adler
Nicole Dreiske’s vanity theatre – self-serving hyperbole and the literature of toadyism

by Penelope Mesic
In Married to the Mob, kitsch is contagious and so is the need to samba.

by Carla and Allen Kelson
The possibilities are exciting at the ambitious Eurasia.

Back Talk
by Henry Hanson
Mike Ditka, Ed McCaskey, Kathy Osterman, Tim Weigel, Hef, and Swoozie Kurtz

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