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