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Most Memorable Chicago Stories of 2011

With the year coming to a close, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to send us their picks for the top Chicago stories of 2011. Here’s a list of the most memorable, plus some additions from our staff.

Live Chat with Editor in Chief Beth Fenner

Join us here, Wednesday, December 14th at 2 p.m., for a live chat with our new editor in chief, Beth Fenner. With her first issue hitting newsstands Thursday, come discuss upcoming changes to Chicago, what you want to see from the magazine, and how we can impact the city moving forward.

Describing Chicago in a Single Word

Prompted by Daniel A. Bell’s new book, The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age, we asked readers to describe our fair city in a single word or a phrase. Here’s what they had to say.

Light Metal

Designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell and available in eight metallic colors, the Cindy lamp, $273, adds shimmery pop to any room. Orange Skin, 223 W. Erie St., 312-335-1033, orangeskin.com 

Adventures in Baliwood

Prefer your wood exotic? At San Juan Ventures you will find unusual grains in multiple forms.  What started off as an Indonesian vacation six years ago is now a full-on business venture for Kandis Wrigley, founder and chief executive of San Juan Ventures, an exporter and manufacturer of Indonesian wood products. San Juan recently opened … Read more