The “long read” has enjoyed renewed celebration lately, but the joy of long-form storytelling is nothing new to magazine lovers. Be they profiles of fascinating people or investigations into important issues, long reads have always been the backbone of the magazine experience, and that’s certainly been the case at Chicago magazine.
We’re proud of the stories we told you this year. As the year winds down, then, consider using the down time to enjoy some Chicago stories you may have missed.
Bryan Smith traces the rapid decline of Josh Marks, who committed suicide just 18 months after appearing as a finalist on the reality show MasterChef.
David Bernstein and Noah Isackson’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics show that recent drops in crime may not be as promising as the city has made them out to be. Make sure to also read part two of the special report.
Ted Fishman examines the rise and fall of the once-great telecom giant.
Carol Felsenthal takes a comprehensive look at the mystery man who in November would be elected governor of Illinois.
These boys of summer captured a city’s hearts when they won the U.S. title in Little League World Series. Bryan Smith revisits the team’s improbable run to success and the character its players showed along the way.
Terrance Noland introduces us a young basketball player on the brink of stardom. (Since this story was published, Okafor has lived up to his promise at Duke University, averaging more than 17 points a game, and continues to appear bound for the NBA.)
The Puerto Rican stronghold of Humboldt Park is fast becoming one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. Meet the man who wants to stop that.
As part of this year’s Power 100 package, Bryan Smith tells the story of No. 3 on the list and explores his ambitions to make Chicago a leader in tech entrepreneurship.
Warner made billions marketing stuffed toys but narrowly escaped prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.
The comedian would later make headlines with his commentary on the Bill Cosby rape allegations.