Prime Movers
We honor our Chicagoans of the Year for 2000, eight remarkable men and women whose achievements have made the city a better place to live.

Chicago’s Top Doctors
Thousands of local medical professionals said where they would go to solve their health problems. This guide – produced in cooperation with the publisher Castle Connolly – provides information about more than 500 of the area’s top M.D.’s.

Crash Landing
by Steve Rhodes
For years, Tony Berlin complained about corruption in the driver’s license facilities where he worked. If someone had listened, would six children killed in a highway accident still be alive?

Man of Steel
by Neil Steinberg
Erwin Gruen survived World War II as a Jew in Nazi Berlin. Since the fifties, he has been proving his mettle in Chicago, where he sells contemporary art and forges coveted curvaceous furniture.

Honeymoon Sweet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
The romance of passionate reds, cool blues, and exotic prints

Brides and Grooming
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Plan in advance for a picture perfect-look on the big day.




Trading shots with basketball writer Robert “Scoop” Jackson; what’s hot at the best January sales; a night out with Kate Spade; more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Wicker Park’s hip makeup mecca, Gypsy’s fortunes, Baby Piper bubbly

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
A new play plumbs the unsettling secrets of the late visionary outsider artist Henry Darger.

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
When a fiercely competitive husband and wife work for rival newspapers, a lot goes unsaid.

Consumer Retorts
by Terry Sullivan
In the woods of Joliet, a 140-acre playground for paintball and other extreme sports

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A Lincoln Park house from the 1880s, a Lake Bluff shoreline hideaway, and an update on Winnetka‘s $12-million teardown

by Bill Page
Lorin Womack’s quirky zoo in Batavia once delighted thousands of visitors. Then came shocking news that he had tried to hire a hit man to kill his girlfriend’s husband. The case revealed a bizarre tale of love, betrayal, oddball characters – and a reindeer that played Prancer.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
Two more high-octane steak houses do their best to keep the trend going, proffering oversize cuts and stiff martinis to match the competition.

Expert Witness
by Carrie Sager
Furry is in, says up-and-coming designer Amy Zoller. Here’s how to keep warm while looking great.

Chicago Guides

Prime Time

In January
Ingmar Bergman’s classic film The Seventh Seal illuminates the Gene Siskel Film Center; Geno Delafose’s Cajun boogie fires up the Old Town School of Folk Music.


Real Chicago
Smoke gets in your eyes at South Side barbecue king Lem’s. Takeout: Believe it or not, Charlie Trotter’s new venture is a grab-and-go proposition.