by Jonathan Eig

Michael McCaskey should have been the right man to run the Bears. But under his leadership, the team stumbled so badly that his mom had to fire him.

And Now, a Few Words on Behalf of the Worst Writer in Chicago
by Steve Rhodes
He won an award for producing some of the worst verbiage in academia. He has also aired clear, witty commentary on martinis and politics. One thing is certain: When U. of C. professor Homi Bhabha speaks, people listen.

Vintage Fred
by Kevin Davis
Hard-charging Fred Rosen, owner of Sam’s Wines & Spirits, last winter almost sold the business and retired. Now it looks as if he might stay another 40 years.

Fall Fashion: The Power of Suggestion
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Wordplay in the world of fall’s fast-forward fashions

Fall Fashion: A Perfect World
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Great designs – and prices for every pocket

Fall Fashion: What Stylists Know
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Behind-the-scenes insiders share their trade secrets.

Fall Fashion: Glow Your Own Way
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Local musicians strike a pose in the latest clothes.




Donna Karan speaks; soccer fans on Fire; James Finn Garner on what the cow statues could have been; Zoo Ball all over again; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Take-along Tot Cots, olive skewers for really neat martinis, makeup buzz from M.A.C.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Ten years after her first voyage out, director Mary Zimmerman takes off on another Odyssey.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Former Chicago Tribune colleagues look back at a reporter’s radical makeover – from man to woman.

by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Michele Weldon is a well-educated writer, but for years, she says, she privately endured an abusive husband.

Sullivan’s Travels
by Terry Sullivan
For par-shooting golfer Kerry Postillion, the only handicap is her husband.

by Jane Goldenberg
High school reading lists have changed dramatically in recent years, according to our survey of local teachers.

by Bob Kurson
When wrestling’s two biggest stars tangled in an epic bout in 1908, they set the stage for the comic book spectacle of today.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
For Chicago diners and two Moroccan hideaways, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Expert Witness
by Tara Croft
Two radio sex-advice DJs give the who, what, where, and how on getting lucky.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

September Sightings
Princess Layer Cakes’ Vodou Boudoir at Saslow Gallery, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and Steppenwolf’s soulful Sideman

Another Helping

Ramiro Valazquez goes to the head of the kitchen at Carlos’. Real Chicago: The date-night appeal of Geja’s Café endures.