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American Gigolo

Fifty years ago this April, a young man from Woodstock, Illinois, named Johnny Stompanato was stabbed to death in the bedroom of his lover, the movie goddess Lana Turner. Stompanato was a minor hoodlum and notorious Lothario, and news accounts eviscerated his character in the media frenzy after his death. Now a writer, also from Woodstock, follows a fading trail to find how a small-town Midwesterner landed at the heart of one of Hollywood’s most enduring scandals.

The Haunted

Playwright Ifa Bayeza didn’t set out to write about Emmett Till. Then Emmett reached out to her, she says, and refused to let go.

Draft Picks

Just short jaunts from Chicago, these six drive-worthy microbreweries offer behind-the-scenes tours—and plenty of samples

The Shining

Now in their second year, the Green Awards prove there is no end to our citizens’ eco-accomplishments. With nearly 100 nominations to choose from, we narrowed the list down to five remarkable individuals who strive for a brighter, cleaner, and greener future.