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Eyewitness Account: Emmett Till’s cousin Simeon Wright seeks to set the record straight

Simeon Wright visits his cousin Emmett Till’s grave at Burr Oak Cemetery.  It’s achingly difficult to dig up what you have spent a lifetime trying to push down. In recent years, Simeon Wright has moved slowly, steadily, inching his way toward revelation. He has faced what he wanted to put behind him, recalling the events … Read more

Action Figures: Chicagoans of the Year 2009

GRAHM BALKANY Gropius in Chicago Coalition RAMSEY LEWIS Proclamation of Hope / Songs from the Heart SAM HARRIS Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center ANNETTE NANCE-HOLT & RONALD HOLT Purpose Over Pain SARA FOSZCZ Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program There are people who talk about doing, and then there are people who get things done. … Read more

O Phase: Living Oprah documents Robyn Okrant’s year of practicing Winfrey’s advice

In 2008, Robyn Okrant, a Lincoln Square yoga instructor, embarked on a yearlong quest to do everything Oprah Winfrey advised. The project cost her more than $4,700 and 1,200 hours of unwavering obedience to Oprah’s mantra, “Live your best life.” Okrant’s blog, livingoprah.com, documented the whole project. Her new memoir, Living Oprah (Center Street; $24.99), … Read more

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Cover Story   Chicago’s Top Doctors by Marcia Froelke Coburn and Geoffrey Johnson In cooperation with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., Chicago presents 347 of the area’s best physicians in 57 different medical specialties. Meet six of the doctors up close—as well as a local man who overcame a crippling knee injury and took on Mount … Read more