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Choose Your Own Summer Adventure
edited by Nora O’Donnell and Jennifer Wehunt
A long and exhilarating summer lies ahead, but it’s up to you to take the first step: Will it be a sporty expedition? A foodie itinerary? A kid-friendly undertaking? This year write your own page-turning escapade.


Good Earth
by Karin Horgan Sullivan
Photography by Joe Wigdahl

By now, farmers’ markets in every corner of Chicago are brimming with the season’s freshest offerings. Meet six dedicated land lovers who make summer delicious.

Mighty Mouth
by Bryan Smith
A master of impassioned courtroom oratory, the lawyer Sam Adam Jr. is now set to apply his trademark shtick—righteous indignation—in defense of the indicted ex-governor Rod Blagojevich.

The Transformer
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Bruce Mau has gone from innovative Canadian graphic designer to world-class conceptual thinker living in Chicago, where he now focuses on his modest goal: using design to change the world.




ARTS & CULTURE Boulevards, a brewpub, and more—32 reasons (both old and new) to love Logan Square this summer; “Pocket Guide” rocks out alfresco; K-Town, a neighborhood you’ve probably never heard of, lands on a prestigious architecture list; a maverick musician’s gutsy homage to the King of Pop; another Obama book. Plus: From Jon Spencer to Chuck D, Howlin’ Wolf’s sphere of influence is wide. WHAT I WAS THINKING Ariel Investments’ John Rogers Jr. on slow, steady investing and taking Michael Jordan to the hole in one-on-one STYLE How to bring technology home: a stylish case study in the north suburbs. Plus: The new Hermès opens on Oak Street.

Top 40
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
We list the 40 best Chicago movies of all time. Warning: Our number one pick will surprise you.

Hot pots in Chinatown; a dining room at the inn in Logan Square; a food challenge in Naperville; the ten hottest restaurants

by Amalie Drury
A West Town address gussies up with a fresh coat of nail polish.

by Geoffrey Johnson
Across five decades, Curt Johnson’s December magazine provided a home for unknown writers—among them a guy named Raymond Carver.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
A Frank Lloyd Wright home that prefigures his famous Fallingwater—plus more house and condo news

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
I definitely don’t watch Chicago movies like a normal person.

Chicago Guide®
Three cheers for summer! Outdoor picks for concerts, festivals, and free stuff

Make time for these four: Chez Joël, Inovasi, Perennial, and Tocco. You’ll be glad you did.


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