Society’s Angels
by Rebecca Cutler
Have pedigree, will party: For a clan of ambitious, socially connected young people, it’s hip to be charitable – and their galas and get-togethers are raising millions for good causes.

Portraits of the Artists
by Penelope Mesic
For a book commemorating the 25th anniversary of Steppenwolf Theatre, photographer Victor Skrebneski shoots the actors.

To “Swell” and Back
by Robert Kurson
The “mental hygiene” movies produced by the visionary David Smart 50 years ago dealt with real teen dilemmas. Today they’re regarded as cool masterpieces of camp.

Prints Charming
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
There’s a pattern here – floral, fluid, geometric, and bold.

Primary Colors
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Even with soft, subtle tones, lightning can strike.

Black Magic
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Mysterious and dramatic, black – the beautiful basic – is back.

How to Build a Wardrobe
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Style consultants check out some closets and clue in clients.




Richard Driehaus is Jay Gatsby (judging by his July Fourth extravaganza); Cade McNown cuts loose; how to master an urban dog; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
The weather for leather – scarves, shades, shoes, and boots

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
For its first musical, Steppenwolf turns to the story of a frontier woman who dressed as a man to survive.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
After working on his biography of Saul Bellow for 11 years, James Atlas asks, “What about me?”

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A Barrington Hills horse farm, a Mies penthouse, and a slow-down in pricey city sales

Sullivan’s Travels

by Terry Sullivan
Mark Di Giuseppe is just another pied piper – with a 30-piece orchestra strapped to his back.

by Brian McCormick
Mark Tebbe scored a success worthy of Silicon Valley while staying true to his Midwest roots.

Real Estate
by Steve Rhodes
Why has the Loop’s long-vacant Block 37 stymied Neil Bluhm, one of Chicago’s shrewdest dealmakers?

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Some cutting edge razzle-dazzle turns two new restaurants into action-to-the-max hot spots.

Expert Witness
by Wendy Tweedale
Author Esme Raji Codell wrote the book on getting kids to read.

Chicago Guides

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September sightings
The Buena Vista Social Club’s Compay Segundo visits Orchestra Hall; tap-dancing wunderkind Savion Glover sets off sparks at the Shubert Theatre.


From the shores of the Hudson to the banks of the Chicago – 5 Boroughs Delicatessen’s pastrami sandwich. Tagines: Budget-friendly Moroccan stews at Andalous