The Ultimate Summer Music Guide – In a summer packed with amazing concert and festival offerings, where do you begin? Let Chicago be your one-stop resource with The Ultimate Summer Music Guide. Catch all of the must-see shows between now and Labor Day with our critics’ handpicked calendar of the 75 best concerts in all genres—everything from classical to jazz to indie rock to pop. From household names like Paul McCartney and Jay-Z to newer artists like Solange and Kendrick Lamar, we single out the 40 area shows everyone will be buzzing about this summer. Plus: A Lollapalooza-Pitchfork smackdown comparing the merits of the season’s two biggest fests, Chicago’s next big rap star, and an interview with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on the eve of the band’s most ambitious tour yet.
Who Are These People? – We take an inside look at the four children of Omaha billionaire Joe Ricketts. It’s been four years since the super-rich Ricketts family burst into the public consciousness with its purchase of the Cubs and Wrigley Field, but they’re still not well known or understood here. What these native Nebraskans are really like may surprise you.
Breaking Away – We explore the world of hardcore, long-distance, high-speed cycling, which is quickly becoming the new golf among a certain type of affluent, overachieving Chicagoans. Plus: the four best local bike shops, six amazing cycling teams, and the anatomy of a $21,776 bespoke bike.
Most Eligible Chicagoans 2013 – Our annual round-up of Chicago’s most dateable features 20 successful, attractive, and interesting singles, including Chicago Bear Henry Melton, professional soccer player Leslie Osborne, and WGN Morning News reporter/anchor Frank Holland. Chicago magazine, in partnership with The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, will introduce the singles at the 13th annual Summer Lovin’ party, held June 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Proceeds from the event will support innovative bone marrow transplant research to improve cancer care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Taco Loco – Gourmet tacos have become all the rage in recent years with the arrival of hotspots like Big Star, but how do these upscale offerings compare to the city’s many—and far cheaper—old-school taquerias? Dining critic Jeff Ruby taste-tests his way through three newcomers and four authentic standbys to determine who serves the better taco.
In Season: Heirloom Tomatoes – Heirloom tomato season is around the corner, and chef Chris Pandel (Bristol, Balena) provides a mouth-watering salad recipe that perfectly highlights these flavorful beauties.