Chicagoans of the Year Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel

January 18, 2007 – For the 13th consecutive year, Chicago magazine was pleased to introduce its Chicagoans of the Year, nine individuals who have made vital contributions to the life and spirit of the city during 2006. This year’s honorees ranged from the two dancers who founded an annual AIDS fundraiser to the doctor who invented a revolutionary prosthetic. The magazine celebrated their achievements at its annual Chicagoans of the Year luncheon on Thursday, January 18, 2007, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Recipients also received a $1,000 donation to the charities of their choice courtesy of the Chicago Tribune Foundation.

Chefs on the Grill with Michael Nagrant – Debra Sharpe

This month, Nagrant chats with Debra Sharpe, who has revamped and expanded her space at Cru Café & Wine Bar (25 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-337-4001) to include an outpost of her upscale Bucktown to-go hit, The Goddess and Grocer (1646 N. Damen Ave.; 773-342-3200). Debra Sharpe PODCAST: To hear more from Nagrant’s conversation with Debra … Read more

January 2007

Features Breakthrough Medicineby Dennis RodkinBecause its world-renowned teaching hospitals regularly attract scores of talented doctors and scientists, Chicago stands in the front ranks of medical innovation. Here are some of the latest cutting-edge advances and treatments related to breast cancer, the brain, prostate surgery, bionic limbs, the heart, minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, autoimmune … Read more

Dining Tidbits

BUDGET BEATChicago Avenue, east of Ashland, could easily be dubbed chow central, being home to such hot spots as Green Zebra, Flo, and West Town Tavern. New to the mix is Habana Libre (1440 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-243-3303), a tropical cutie done up in shades of papaya and pineapple and outfitted with enough plants, paper … Read more

Party Hearty

Former actors turned chefs Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, otherwise known as the Hearty Boys, have been dishing it out to Chicagoans for almost ten years. Now, in near-frantic performances on their Food Network show, they are bringing macaroni and cheese on a stick to the wider world

Chicagoans of the Year 2006 – Rev. Thomas J. Behrens

Ministering Angel // Rev. Thomas J. Behrens // The Night Ministry Photograph by Katrina Wittkamp Rev. Thomas J. Behrens In 1976, Tom Behrens, then 30, held a job as a mortgage banker. With graduate degrees from the McCormick Theological Seminary and the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, … Read more

Chicagoans of the Year 2006 – Maria Pesqueira

Action Figure // Maria Pesqueira // Mujeres Latinas en Acción When your middle name is “Socorro”-the Spanish word for “aid”-helping people must be ingrained in your DNA. Or so it seems with Maria Socorro Pesqueira, the CEO and president of Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Latin Women in Action), a social service agency in the Pilsen … Read more