February 2000 Table of Contents

Features Building a New Gold Coastby Jonathan EigHigh-powered developers like MCL’s Dan McLean are creating a whole new neighborhood near the city’s downtown lakefront that promises to transform the face of Chicago. The Big Onion Awardsby Steve Rhodes and David ZivanOur sixth annual compendium of the greedy, lazy, and sometimes downright ridiculous behavior of our … Read more

January 2000 Table of Contents

Features Profiles in Courage We honor our 1999 Chicagoans of the Year, seven men and women whose determination, vision, and grit made our city a better place to live. Best Hospitalsby Geoffrey Johnson and Dennis RodkinChicago and the suburbs have dozens of excellent hospitals. Here is a look at the cream of the crop – … Read more

December 1999 Table of Contents

Features The New Richby Ted Shen and Lucinda HahnPresenting 12 Chicagoans who made $100 million or more in the 1990s, from a software mogul to the inventor of Beanie Babies – and what they’re doing with their millions today. The Last Reelby Marcia Froelke CoburnIt was a very private final year for movie critic Gene … Read more

November 1999 Table of Contents

Features Pleasure Principalsby Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne SpiselmanOur dining critics applaud their 60 favorites – from the sparkle and grace of the Gold Coast’s Pump Room to the unassuming neighborhood charm of Lake View’s Blue Stem. Da Rulesby Jonathan EigHow did Richard M. Daley – often inarticulate, sometimes obsessed with the minuscule – become … Read more

October 1999 Table of Contents

Features Hot ‘Hoodsby Dennis Rodkin, with Lindsey Chow and Susannah FeltsThe sizzling local real estate market refuses to cool off. A survey of home prices in 270-plus Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs – with a look at some standout places to live A Very Private Manby Cynthia HansonWhen he died suddenly last March, gum magnate William … Read more

September 1999 Table of Contents

Features Sacked!by Jonathan EigMichael McCaskey should have been the right man to run the Bears. But under his leadership, the team stumbled so badly that his mom had to fire him. And Now, a Few Words on Behalf of the Worst Writer in Chicagoby Steve RhodesHe won an award for producing some of the worst … Read more

August 1999 Table of Contents

Features The Best of ChicagoOur writers explore the rich possibilities of our peerless city and uncover the most romantic restaurant, the tallest climbing wall, the liveliest jukebox, the prettiest public garden, and a host of other people, places, and things that make Chicago special. Plus, our dining critics name their favorite spots for eight restaurant … Read more

July 1999 Table of Contents

Features How They Metby Christine NewmanThirty couples tell their mating game stories – true-life tales of meeting cute, missing connections, getting struck by lightning, and making all the right bold, fast-forward moves. 20 Places to Find That Special Someoneby Lucinda HahnLooking for love? We go beyond the bar scene to offer these suggestions – venues … Read more

June 1999 Table of Contents

Features Summer: A User’s GuideNow that summer is finally here, make the most of this glorious but fleeting season by following these experts tips about fashion, food, sports, and more. The Trip to Bountifulby Magda Krance with Amanda KubekTop Chicago chefs tour local farmers’ markets, sharing secrets about favorite vendors and summertime recipes. Our guide … Read more

May 1999 Table of Contents

Features Best New Restaurantsby Dennis Ray Wheaton and Anne SpiselmanOur critics’ hunt for this year’s best new restaurants turned up 24 choice spots, many with a familiar French tilt. Also, check out our roundup of recent and upcoming openings for a preview of next year’s contenders. Behind the Shieldby Jonathan EigOfficer Joe Miedzianowski developed a … Read more