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Each year, for 12 years now, Chicago has honored a handful of local people whose dedication and hard work have made the city a better place to live. Needless to say, we have never honored a World Series winner before. But for 2005, we have selected six outstanding individuals—a musician, a nurse, two scholars, a community activist, and a saver of soles—as well as a team, the heroic Chicago White Sox. At a January luncheon at the Four Seasons sponsored in part by LaSalle Bank, Chicago will celebrate the achievements of these remarkable people, champions all. Read more
When a Chicago call girl turned up dead, it didn't take police long to zero in on her killer. But the case also sheds light on the growing, hidden, and largely lawless world of online prostitution Read more
A developer and his architect restore the greenery of an infamously spoiled David Adler/Jens Jensen estate in Lake Forest. Read more
The disc jockey known as El Pistolero has helped turn Spanish-language radio station WOJO into a certified ratings hit. But his remarks about gays have stirred criticism from activist groups Read more
A darkly atmospheric furniture boutique in the heart of Glen Ellyn's shopping district brings pedigreed and eccentric antiques into the present. Read more