The Best Places to Work
by Ted Shen and David Zivan
We present 25 local employers who treat their workers right, offering good pay, topnotch benefits, outstanding training, golden opportunity, and perks galore.

The Case of the Fatal Face-Lift
by Cynthia Hanson
Only six months after he married cosmetics mogul Marilyn Miglin, businessman Naguib Mankarious died following plastic surgery. Next, in a courtroom, the surgical team will answer questions.

The Evidence Graveyard
by Robert Kurson
A Southwest Side warehouse is the repository for John Wayne Gacy’s crawlspace entrance and other grisly mementos from the annals of Chicago crime.

The New Rules of Real Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
Forget everything you thought you knew about buying or selling a home. Here is a guide to making the most of today’s hot housing market – plus a survey of prices in Chicago and the suburbs.

An Old Town Odyssey
by Christine Newman
To reinvent a 19th-century coach house, the designer John-Mark Horton recruited a talented group of professionals. Together, for three years, they collaborated on his magnificent obsession.




Girl talk with the creator of The Vagina Monologues; the best new shopping downtown; behind the scenes with Life photographer Art Shay; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Urban renewal – tranquil teas on-line, a room of your own in Oak Street oasis

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
In yet another year of living dangeriously, Defiant Theatre unleashes Satan in Macbeth.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Abuse among the affluent – a therapist studies the violent marriages of well-educated women of means.

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
The rich get richer – and their houses more expensive. A glimpse at the area’s priciest homes


by JoBeth McDaniel
Visitors to California’s wine-rich Napa Valley enjoy luxurious lodgings, delectable dining, and vintage vineyards.

Sullivan’s Travels
by Terry Sullivan
A store for your inner mad scientist

by Robert Kurson
With manager Jerry Manuel as chief chemist, the White Sox have concocted a winning formula that might bring Chicago a baseball pennant.

by Ted Kleine
As a Chicago Bear, Mike Singletary pulverized opposing players. Today he’s sex his wild eyes on tackling souls.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Is it “bistro” or “bistrot”? Who cares when two new French boites have this onion-soup, steak-frites thing down to a T?.

Expert Witness
by Wendy Tweedale
Broadcast journalist John Callaway knows how to ask all the right questions.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

In October
Performers for DanceAfrica take flight, to the soaring harmonies of Sweet Honey in the Rock; Picabia’s Dada period is examined at the Arts Club.


In a year of mysterious names, Naha with its veal rib eye aims to take the guesswork out of where to eat next. Epitome pushes the South Loop farther south.