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Model Citizens
by Amalie Drury and Jennifer Tanaka
We asked, “Who is the most beautiful person you know?” Judging by the flood of nominations, Chicago does not want for attractive men and women. Employing an entirely subjective, utterly nonscientific process, we picked the 50 most beautiful. Enjoy.




by Dennis Rodkin
After decades of declining enrollment and diminished status, the University of Chicago has reinvented itself to become a top choice among the country’s brightest would-be collegians.

The Social Networker
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Take a lesson, Mark Zuckerberg: Chicago’s own Neal Zucker is the king of making connections with panache.

Demystifying the Merchandise Mart
by Barri Leiner Grant
For decades, the River North behemoth felt impenetrable to everyone except the design cognoscenti. Now a new program aims to lure in the public. Here’s your guide.

Spring Fashion 2011

Must-have Trends
Hushed hues, sexy snakeskin, hot lips, icy tips, and more. Plus: Chicago design studio Creatures of the Wind; model Emily Senko.

Viva la Vida
by Stacey Jones
Sultry seventies style.

Mixed Beats
by Stacey Jones
Bold colors, dazzling prints.




A heartwarming humility reigned at the 17th annual Chicagoans of the Year luncheon.

Exploring Chicago Avenue, a yellow brick road for dining, nightlife, and more; inside the world of the cartoonist extraordinaire Ivan Brunetti; Eleventh Dream Day returns; a chat about the musical Working with the composer/adapter Stephen Schwartz; “Pocket Guide” navel-gazes.

The Escape Artist
Haven’t been to Springfield, Illinois, since grade school? Time for a trip to the state’s capital.

Playing around with the latest kids’ fashions. Plus: The Brits are coming!

by Amalie Drury
A new West Loop brewpub chases the beer market.

Belly up to the oyster bar; Grant Achatz, the writer; L2O, pre- and post-Michelin.

by David Bernstein
Bob Clifford has made a name for himself as a personal injury law­yer primarily through air-crash litigation. A 9/11-related case could be his biggest yet.

Healthy Chicago
by Karen Springen
At Rush University Medical Center, doctors are trying to solve the mystery of Alzheimer’s—and they offer a few tips that might help fend off the terrible affliction.

What I Was Thinking
Craig Donohue, CEO of CME Group, explains why derivatives did not cause the financial crisis and why the futures exchanges may be the city’s most important economic engine.

Deal Estate®
by Dennis Rodkin
A foreclosed Walgreen estate, once home to three not-so-little pigs, and an Old Town home whose interior should not be judged by its façade. Plus: Condo news.

Outer Drive
by Jeff Ruby
Sound Opinions attracts some listeners who don’t even like music. What’s the secret?

Chicago Guide®
Coming in March: John Waters, Evan Lysacek, Mavis Staples.

Custom House Tavern nabs three stars; Nightwood charms Pilsen.


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