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5 Hot Plays for the Long Weekend

What to do this week: Spending Labor Day in Chicago? Get a jump on fall theatre season with our top five theatre picks. Plus, Tanya Saracho’s weekend plans and a cheat sheet to Chicago Jazz Festival.

TIFs, Reforms, and Structural Deficits

Is Chicago ready for TIF reform? Perhaps it’s ready for some reasonable changes to the internal workings of the special taxing scheme, but who knows about the future of the city’s structural tax and budget problems.

Former Photographer Opens Lincoln Park Flower Shop

Flower Power
After stints in other industries, including fashion photography, Nancy Krause opened Nancy Krause Floral Design & Garden Antiques (1101 W. Webster Ave.; 773-248-1516, nkfloraldesign.com) earlier this month. In the 1990s, Krause shifted her focus from photography to flowers when she opened two floral boutiques in downtown Chicago…

The Playboy Club and the 'Mad Men' Fetish

I can’t get away from dudes lining up to look like Don Draper, the man women want and men want to be, despite the fact that he’s a self-loathing jerk. Or maybe I’m just jealous that I’m not being target-marketed to.