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Breakthroughs for Women’s Health
by Karen Springen
74 Local medical experts weigh in on the latest developments in fertility, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and other women’s health issues. Plus: More than 250 top doctors for women in the city and suburbs




A Life in Shadow
by Nora O’Donnell
Vivian Maier was an eccentric, peripatetic nanny to North Shore families. She also quietly built a massive portfolio of street photographs, the scope of which is only now coming to light.

Life Lines
Our six Chicagoans of the Year for 2010—an orthopedic surgeon, a crusading mom, a preservationist, a hockey baron, an educator, and a woman who helps recovering addicts—have invigorated the city in their own special ways.

Decoding Devon
by Victoria Lautman
On the Far North Side, Chicago’s Little India brims with shopping, dining, and quirks galore. We offer a guide to the most beguiling commercial strip in the city, where every spot has a story.




A virtual people’s court; a smart take on wartime images; the Smith Westerns; Neil LaBute; pinup girls; “Pocket Guide” gets funky with the Bard.

The Escape Artist
Forget football. Gorgeous architecture and fascinating museums are the draw in South Bend, Indiana.

What to wear to workouts that will wear you out.

by Amalie Drury
Beer, bucks, brats: Wicker Park does Britain by way of Wisconsin.

A new Italian classic, an all-star butcher, and a Gallic cocktail lounge.

by Beth Wilson
Nettelhorst Elementary School in Lake View was a beleaguered outpost in Chicago’s public education system. Then some neighborhood moms got involved and spurred a remarkable turnaround.

by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Since taking the top creative spot at Leo Burnett, Susan Credle has drawn attention for some edgy advertising campaigns. But can she recapture the magic of the agency’s Marlboro Man heyday?

Healthy Chicago
by Karen Springen
At the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Melissa Gilliam tries to put the brakes on escalating teen pregnancies—with help from some local high-school videographers.

What I Was Thinking
Joe Mansueto, CEO of Morningstar, on choosing a career, giving away his fortune, and building a nest egg.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
Lincoln Park tallies the city’s priciest residential sale in nearly four years. Plus other house and condo news.

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
Carl Carder is no tortured artist. Building garrotes and guillotines is purely a hobby.

Chicago Guide®
Pirates, tomboys, and hip-hop: a primer.

Avenues slips; Yoshi’s remains rock solid.


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