Chicago Magazine April 2011 Sports Cover

Chicago magazine’s April issue hits newsstands Thursday, March 17th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Natalie Marquez at

Bound for Glory (cover story): In the spring of 1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls had yet to win a conference title. But that year, they finally learned to play as a team, won the NBA championship, and gave birth to a dynasty. Two decades later, key players and observers recall that triumphant season.

The Tipping Point: This season, the Chicago native Derrick Rose has blossomed into one of the most transcendent basketball players in the world. Contributor Jonathan Eig explores Rose’s leap from good to great.

Where Are They Now?: From a former Bull who now tends bulls to a former Blackhawks star who now copilots jetliners, we catch up with past Chicago athletes to find out what happens when the games end and life after sports begins.

The Wisdom of Coaches: Top area coaches from the pros to the high-school ranks reveal sacred truths about perseverance, motivation, the importance of hard work, and the value of failure.

Green Awards: For the fifth straight year, we recognize six locals who have made Chicago a greener place. This year’s honorees include a fashion designer, an architect, an activist, a city worker, and two restaurateurs.

Crowd Pleasers: Seven new hotels that will please every type of out-of-town visitor—foodies, upper-crust mothers-in-law, concert-loving hipsters—and their budget.

Lightning Jolt (style): We find spring’s hottest trends all in one place—The 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue. Plus, runway-worthy rain gear just in time for April showers.