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Piece Offerings
by Jeff Ruby
Anyone with a pulse and functioning taste buds has an opinion on Chicago’s best pizza. So do we—25 opinions, actually—and we rank our picks for the top pies in the greatest pizza city in the universe.


Reconstructing Harry Weese
by Robert Sharoff
In the 1960s and 1970s, the architect Harry Weese enjoyed international acclaim. But his final years were a boozy downward spiral, and his reputation faded. Now a new study of his work could put him back on the architectural map.

by Dennis Rodkin
As the local residential real-estate market struggles to climb out of its years-long doldrums, some people are plunking down lofty sums for luxury homes in the city’s newest condo towers.

Double Take
by Noah Isackson, Esther Kang, Nora O’Donnell, and Jennifer Wehunt
When it comes to this group, every side is a good side. Meet our hotly anticipated 20 singles of 2010—including a world-class soprano, a rising-star chef, and a major-league pitcher.




ARTS & CULTURE Redmoon’s founder, Blair Thomas, stages one of the most anticipated theatrical spectacles of the summer; “Pocket Guide” preps for a month stocked with freebies; a Smart Museum curator rethinks the evolution of modern design; the Robie House centennial inspires a new coffee-table book; introducing the Backyard Film & Music Fest. Plus: A handy chart points you toward the brightest bands on the summer concert schedule. PAGE TWO We unveil the winner of our Blagojevich portrait contest. WHAT I WAS THINKING The Art Institute’s James Cuno on the fading luster of blockbuster shows and dancing naked in front of art THE ESCAPE ARTIST Introducing our new travel page. This month we explore the Interurban Trail near Port Washington, Wisconsin. STYLE Before you bring home baby, consult this nine-month countdown full of great stores and maternity must-haves.

Yuks with a funny waiter; a Roman goddess in Evanston; the best crêpes in Chicago (are in Lombard); the ten hottest restaurants

by Amalie Drury
A nightlife iconoclast reemerges with a Shady new bar.

Top 40
by Graham Meyer
For our 40th anniversary, we pick Chicago’s 40 greatest contributions to the English language.

by Ashley Parker
The ambitious young Chicagoans who followed Obama to D.C. are coming up with their own social code.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
Multimillion-dollar house sales in Winnetka and Lincoln Park

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
How can a grocery store distinguish careless moms from shoplifters

Chicago Guide®
Dinosaurs, bees, and Pierogi Fest—yes! We plumb the calendar for top things to do.

Ceres’ Table puts Uptown on the upswing; six updates realign the stars.


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