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Daley vs. Daley
by David Bernstein

We compare the father and the son who have dominated the city over the past half century—and transformed it.Whoever said "Good enough" probably didn’t get very far in life. In our relentless pursuit of better living through extreme pickiness, we discovered 92 new ways to enjoy our ever-expanding city.


The Adlai Issue
by Richard Babcock
Is Barack Obama the second coming of that other "elitist" Democratic presidential candidate from Illinois, Adlai Stevenson?  

The Critter Hunter
by Bryan Smith
Routing raccoons, battling bats, and outfoxing foxes is all in a day’s work for Rick Wilberschied, nuisance wildlife expert.  

The Turnaround Artist
by Robert Sharoff
After decades as a leading architect of low-rise buildings, Laurence Booth is doing what he said he wouldn’t—designing skyscrapers. 

The Audacity of Hope
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
On the centennial of the Cubs’ World Series win, the creators of Bleacher Bums, the hit play inspired by fans, look back. 




PAGE TWO Chicago’s crime problem; Blago’s blues ARTS & CULTURE The Joffrey moves its tutus into MoMo; The Blip gets revved up about "Humancar"; holla September! Jennifer Hudson celebrates a birthday and a debut solo album; Wilmette confronts its boy problem; the discovery of a revered New Miniaturist in Lombard. Also: A guide to city art walks, new books, and one jazz fest you shouldn’t miss SERVICE DESK We find the best manicure salons in 20 neighborhoods. Plus: financial aid STYLE Hey, guys, this fall the fashion pendulum swings back toward the dapper. So we picked seven locals with keen senses of style to show off what works—and dish on what doesn’t.

Pastry prodigy; homage to seafood; the hottest spots right now; learning curve

by Sarah Preston
Pony up for comfort drinks in West Lake View; plus, green bars

Show Biz
by Gary Dretzka
After three decades in comedy, Emo Philips returns to the Chicago stage where he refined his offbeat style.

by Robert Krughoff
Poplars need pruning? Ashes look ashen? Check our list of 22 of the best Chicago-area tree services. 

Deal Estate
by Dennis Rodkin
Local housing news  

The Closer
by Jeff Ruby
Could Ferris Bueller really have done all that in one day?

Chicago Guide®
Everything worth doing this month

Anteprima does Andersonville proud; MK secure in River North