1. The Queen of Midwestern Cuisine

Iliana Regan’s Elizabeth isn’t just a hit restaurant—it’s redefining how we think of our regional food. Chicago magazine profiles the chef.

2. Chicago Police Detained Thousands of Black Americans at Interrogation Facility

CPD documents outline what happens at Homan Square, and to whom. The Guardian continues its investigation.

3. The Mark Twain of Hip-Hop

The author of a new biography of Iceberg Slim explains how the Chicago native’s autobiography, Pimp, changed pop culture. Salon talks with Justin Gifford.

4. How NOT to Talk About the Patrick Kane Rape Allegations

A former attorney—and rape victim—gives advice from experience. Julie DiCaro speaks out at CBS Chicago.

5. Explosive IT

Simona Rollinson started as a developer out of college, and eventually ran a software company. Now she’s trying to bring Cook County into the 21st century. Government Technology interviews the county’s Chief Information Officer.

6. Howard ‘Shep’ Paine, Giant in World of Art Miniatures, Dies

“To every serious modeler, from age 17 to 70, this guy was a god,” says Jim DeRogatis. The Tribune remembers his legacy.

7. Shoes on a Wire: Untangling an Urban Myth

You’ve seen them; you probably think you know why they’re there. But does anyone? WBEZ explores the phenomenon.

8. Lincoln Park Is About to Get More Monster Houses

Insatiable demand from wealthy Chicagoans is leading to the construction of 5,700–9,500 square-foot homes, starting at $3.6 million. Chicago watches it grow.

9. Shipping Woes Grow at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

An improving economy is straining the airport’s infrastructure. The Wall Street Journal explains.

10. In Search of a New Path

A holistic prisoner reentry program aims to go beyond parole officers to integrate offenders into the community and workplace. The Urban Institute details how it works.