1 Is the Luckiest Number
A news anchor, a goalie, a prosecutor – plus 17 other smart, sexy professionals we’ve selected as Chicago‘s most eligible men and women

Green Mansions
by David Standish
From the earliest days, citybound Chicagoans have longed to escape to the country. Some wealthy pioneers actually made the leap – and left behind a legacy of magnificent homes and eccentric lives.

Bush Beater
by Ted Kleine
Martha Marks grew up believing that being a Republican and an environmentalist was a natural combination. She still thinks so – and that’s why she’s stirring up the political atmosphere both in Lake County and in Washington, D.C.

The Silent Treatment
by Robert Kurson
In the early years, the queen of talk was accessible to the public and the media. But, burned by former employees and hounded by the tabloids, Oprah Winfrey has stopped talking.

Great Deals
by Joanne Trestrail, Jan Parr, and Rebecca Cutler
With the economy in flux, who isn’t looking for a bargain? Here’s how to save on clothing, entertainment, and food for adults and kids – plus tips for cutting costs on banking and travel, or in buying a car or a house.




The CSO’s Daniel Barenboim orchestrates for peace in the Middle East; the Doobie Brothers’ rock ‘n’ roll high school; chic maternity clothes; and more

Style Sheet
by Stacy Wallace-Albert
Beauty potions to tone, protect, and bronze your exposed summer skin

Real Lives
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
The Evanston cops arrest a college English professor for drug dealing – a nightmarish case, he insists, of mistaken identity.

Stage & Screen
by Penelope Mesic
Martha Plimpton stars as one of Ibsen’s most enduring characters – the reckless, alarming Hedda Gabler.

Consumer Retorts
by Terry Sullivan
At Badlands Off-Road Park, city slickers learn that their SUVs were built for more – much more – than toting groceries.

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
A high-tech future comes to Lincoln Park, and two hopeful brothers keep building multimillion-dollar suburban homes.

by Steve Perlstein
The author had just lost his job and was staring at the front end of a midlife crisis. So he hit the road – as tour manager for his little brother’s rock band.

Dining Out
by Dennis Ray Wheaton
A topnotch meal at three of the city’s best restaurants is easier to afford than you might think – if you can rouse up a four-star appetite at lunch.

Expert Witness
by Carrie Sager
As sommelier of Everest’s towering cellar, Alpana Singh has one of the most refined palates in the city. She also has some great ideas for what to serve with hot dogs, Doritos, and other backyard fare.

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In July
The Gene Siskel Film Center’s series Nureyev on Film; FitzGerald’s American Music Festival; and a musical tribute to the late saxophonist Art Porter.


Life’s a beach at Bahay Kubo, where Filipino treats are summer pleasures.

Cerise, We Restaurant and Bar, and Avenues add French accents to new hotels.