Cover Story


Open House
by Jan Parr and Lisa Skolnik
Ever wonder how the other half lives? Pretty well, if the homes of local swells Nate Berkus, Alfonso Soriano, Leslie Hindman, Julia Sweeney, Joe Trohman, and Regina Taylor are any indication. We go inside to look around.




When Jim Met Gladys
by Christine Newman
On the eve of a major retrospective at the MCA (his) and a 50th wedding anniversary (theirs), the Chicago artists Jim Nutt and Gladys Nilsson sit for a portrait of one striking marriage.

The Memory Collector
by Geoffrey Johnson
In the 36 years since its publication, Lost Chicago has become one of the city’s essential books. The colorful recollections of its author, David Lowe, may be just as valuable a treasure.




Big Head Todd wows us with a Robert Johnson tribute album; a comedian’s take on the mayoral race; Susan Philipsz channels the city’s turbulent labor history; The Chicago Code gets real; Richard Nickel’s labor of love is finally realized; “Pocket Guide.”

The Escape Artist
In winter, Wisconsin’s Kohler resort transforms from a golfers’ paradise to a wintry wonderland where travelers can rough it or escape to ultimate luxury.

Dapper, dashing, debonair—words can’t quite express our fascination with gentlemanly fashion and accessories. Plus: Jack Spade.

by Amalie Drury
Follow your iPhone to River North’s nascent gay district.

Taylor Street revival; the next big chef; steak rages on; lutefisk unleashed.

by Bryan Smith
The law professor and novelist Lori Andrews reigns as the nation’s foremost untangler of the profound legal and ethical questions surrounding some of today’s strangest biotech cases.

Healthy Chicago
by Karen Springen
In a wide-ranging Q&A, Northwestern University’s Donald Lloyd-Jones, a specialist in preventive medicine, discusses the latest strategies for good heart health.

What I Was Thinking
Robert Gallucci, president of the MacArthur Foundation, on genius grants, charity that makes an impact, and the areas of focus among MacArthur grantees.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
In Winnetka, an 1857 house with rich links to the village’s past fetches only 60 percent of its original asking price. And other house and condo news.

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
Guy meets Girl. Guy and Girl have the most depressing date in the history of Chicago.

Chicago Guide®
Some bodies in motion, others on display.

A fab new four; Niche scores a cool chef.


In Every Issue



On the Web