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FASHION Backstage Party

March 23, 2006 – Chicago magazine celebrated the Spring 2006 edition of Chicago FASHION on March 23, 2006 with “Backstage.” More than 200 guests were transported to the backstage of a fashion show, complete with models dressing on raised platforms, a Green Room for VIPs, and a giant painting of the issue’s cover. Advertisers took to the catwalk flaunting fashions for spring. Photos by Randy Belice and Bridget Cicenia

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Features 2008?By James L. MerrinerBarack Obama calls himself “a skinny guy with a funny name.” But some Democratic faithful hope to call him something else come 2008: “Mr. President.” Although the new senator rules out a run for higher office before 2012, the Obama-for-president boomlet won’t go away. Our reporter explores how the scenarios could … Read more

New Spice

Four rollicking new spots have the Nuevo Latino and/or Mexican thing down pat: brassy flavors, smart service, and over-the-top fiesta atmosphere

On Wine

With massive re-equipping made possible by European Union membership grants, Spanish wineries are cranking out stellar modern red wines that also preserve the best of past traditions-paralleling the revolution in Spanish cuisine. A few of the delicious values I’ve uncorked recently: From the Navarra region, Bodegas Nekeas’ 2003 Vega Sindoa Tempranillo-Merlot blend ($6) is a … Read more

Why Everybody Loves Naperville

A year older than Chicago, the booming western suburb boasts big-city amenities, small-town charm, good schools, plenty of jobs, and a willingness to tackle its tough problems. Last year Money magazine called Naperville the third-best place to live in the country—but its strongest endorsements come from the folks who live there.

The Best of Naperville

With a stellar selection of specialty shops, a wide variety of restaurants (be it one-of-a-kind dining experience or an old Chicago favorite), and a lively lineup of attractions that includes a children’s museum, a re-created frontier settlement, and one of the world’s biggest carillons, Naperville has something to offer both its longtime residents and fun-seeking weekend visitors.

Man of a Thousand Faces

For almost half a century, Marc Hauser has been taking portraits for commercial clients, from Rolling Stone to Arista Records. In this sampling of his work, the subjects are polished yet soulful—and obviously trusting of the man behind the lens. Herein he reveals how he got those shots.