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Oh, the Places Yule Go!

Our top five picks for things to do this week: Get a breath of bracing air at the Arb . . . take Dad for a beer at the Hideout . . . compare Maxwell Street Torahs and tacos . . . plus, what the director of the Gene Siskel Film Center is doing this weekend

How to Buy a Foreclosure: A Rehab Loan

With foreclosures still proliferating in and around Chicago, sharp buyers can spot some great bargains. If the property is damaged, though, most mortgage lenders won’t finance the purchase. That’s why some buyers are now turning to a specialized loan called a 203K, based on the future value of the house, post-repairs…

Because everybody knows somebody who knows the president

[click to enlarge] BARACK OBAMA President of the United States MICHELLE OBAMA First Lady DAVID MANILOW Executive producer, Check, Please! When Manilow needed guests in the show’s early days, he tapped Barack, then a “lively, articulate” state senator, who taped an episode in 2001. ALPANA SINGH Host, Check, Please! She wasn’t hosting when Barack appeared—and … Read more