The Prize Pritzker
by Marcia Froelke Coburn

She may be married to one of the city’s richest tycoons, but Cindy Pritzker has a “velvet first of clout” all her own. And she’s using it full force to make the new public library a celebrated cause of Chicago society.

Book Heaven
by Dan Santow
At long last, the library – a sneak preview of the Harold Washington Library Center

Ticket Mania
by Michael Corcoran and Jan Parr
Promoters and owners are balking at the idea of legalized scalping here, but whom are they trying to protect?

The Agony of Jim Hoge
by Joshua Hammer
As the dynamic young editor of the Sun-Times, Jim Hoge was a hero of Chicago journalism. But he turned into a heavy during a bitter strike at the Tribune Company’s New York Daily News.

The Woman in Red
by Celia Forster
So much for camouflage: Here’s a color that draws the eye, demanding our undivided attention. This fall, we’re seeing red all over, in surprising new shapes.

Fall Preview
From David Byrne to Martin Puryear, Michael Anania to Susanne Linke, Barenboim to Streisand – all kinds of public displays of talent are coming our way this fall.




Union ploys, cheap toys, and zany boys; Scoops du Jour, by Carla Kelson

Art Works
by Henry Hanson
A robotic bug; park art; Sox seats; Cirque de Soleil

Prime Time
Hot dates around town this month

by Mark Jannot
political garbage: who benefits and who is hurt by the opening of the state’s newest landfill

Chicago Woman
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Making a profit from the bad behavior of boyfriends may be the best revenge.

by Anthony Adler
Lend Me a Tenor
hands you an itinerary and sticks with it.

by Penelope Mesic
Smart, chancy films – and a new theatre – keep a line forming in front of the Music Box.

In her first novel, Maxine Chernoff turns states of grief into high comedy.

Real Estate

by Dennis Rodkin
Two Gold Coast mansions get a working over. Plus, recent residential real-estate sales

by Dennis Ray Wheaton
The sovereign sisters of the Magnificent Mile: where the elite meet to eat Budget Beat

Back Talk
by Henry Hanson
Paul Simon, Mary Ann Josh, Lynn and Allen Turner, Lois Weisberg, and Alexander Calder