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Roger Ebert: A Life in the Movies

FROM DECEMBER 2005: He was an eager young man fresh from Urbana when he started reviewing movies for the Chicago Sun-Times more than three decades ago. His intervening years have featured unimagined success, abiding friendships, too much booze (for a time), the death of a colleague, bouts with cancer, and (rather late) lasting love. His passion for film has made Ebert a bigger star than many of the people he writes about.

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Features Classic CityTake Carl Sandburg’s City of the Big Shoulders, add shades of Sinatra, and presto! You’ve conjured a picture of postwar Chicago. Much from that era has vanished, but the classic city survives in places like Union Station; in the recollections of Danny Newman; in a band of blues all-stars; and in a score … Read more

Landmark Case

Photos: Chris Guillen All-in-one concept: an equal-parts noshing and lounging scene. Landmark Case  With its myriad sports bars and baseball-capped boys, the Lincoln Park scene often gets a bad rap from me. But the opening in September of Landmark (1633 N. Halsted St.) signifies an evolution in the nabe’s nighttime action. Anchoring the stretch of … Read more

Rising Suns

Two new Japanese restaurants go way beyond maki with their chef’s-prerogative menus—one’s a huge hit; the other, a quiet delight

On Wine

The holiday season-or any wintry evening-is ideal for lingering meals, and to cap them off, pour a delicate dessert wine. Muscats are wonderful, grapey wines perfect for such occasions, and they come from all over the world in a variety of styles. Look around for the intense, amber-to-mahogany-hued fortified wines from Victoria, Australia, and from … Read more

Oh, L’amour!

Since the mid-nineties, the neo-burlesque scene has been creeping toward Chicago from the coasts, as performance artists and jaded club kids revive the campy joys of old-fashioned striptease. Meet Michelle “Toots” L’amour, the city’s reigning queen of bump-and-grind.

Jeopardy

Lawyer Joseph A. Cari Jr. made a stellar mark as a political strategist and fundraiser before an apparent favor landed him in trouble. His fall puts heat on Governor Blagojevich’s administration.