Cover Story


Bound for Glory
by Bryan Smith
In the spring of 1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls had yet to win even a conference title. But that year, they finally learned to play as a team, won the NBA championship, and gave birth to a dynasty. Two decades later, key players and observers recall that triumphant season—the start of the greatest run in Chicago sports history.




The Tipping Point
by Jonathan Eig
This season, the Chicago native Derrick Rose has blossomed into one of the most transcendent basketball players in the world. Here’s how he made the leap from good to great.

Where Are They Now?
edited by Shane Tritsch
What do star athletes do after their playing days come to an end? We caught up with Artis Gilmore, Ernie Broglio, Andrea Jaeger, Willie Gault, Al Secord, Floyd Bannister, and a host of other former Chicago players to find out.

The Wisdom of Coaches
by Noah Isackson
Top area coaches from the pros to the high-school ranks dispense their hard-won insights about effort, perseverance, trust, honesty, and the value of failure.

Green Awards
edited by Nora O’Donnell and Cassie Walker
For our fifth annual eco-awards, we assembled a class of locals who are building a cleaner future by channeling the past.




Introducing Jon Michael Hill, the youngest actor ever tapped by Steppenwolf’s ensemble; Kartemquin’s latest doc wows Sundance; inside the mind of Renaissance man Lupe Fiasco; hotel recommendations for every possible visitor coming to see you this spring; Lunch Line; “Pocket Guide” gets Stumped.

The Escape Artist
The Chicago playwright Tanya Saracho shows us one of her favorite cities: Guanajuato, Mexico.

This spring, the 900 North Michigan Shops are finally getting their groove on. Plus: five trends to know about now.

by Amalie Drury
Making a French connection at the West Loop’s hottest spot.

Homaro Cantu imagines new gastronomy; we have our first chimney cake; an annotated dish from Grant Achatz’s next project, Next.

Healthy Chicago
by Karen Springen
Chicago doctors who work with the city’s professional athletes offer tips on avoiding and treating sports injuries. Plus: Seventy-five area MDs for the wounded weekend warrior.

What I Was Thinking
David Vitale, head of Urban Partnership Bank—the recapitalized successor to the failed ShoreBank—discusses how to change the predecessor’s culture while preserving its mission of lending and investing in low-income communities.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
Noble Judah’s Lake Forest mansion goes as a short sale; the upside of declining membership at a local Realtors’ group; condo news from around the city.

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
Parental panic ensues when there is a louse in the house.

Chicago Guide®
April gets fierce: White Noise, Arcade Fire, Christian Siriano.

Sable Kitchen & Bar and Gilt Bar break into the listings; we revisit four of our old favorites.


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