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We’ve Got a Magician Playing Second Base

Javier Baez during the 2016 World Series Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune To understand the magic of Javy Baez—the disbelief-suspending stabs and skids; the gravity-mocking freeze-frame moments in which, levitated, he still throws with force, just as he does from his knees, his backside, his stomach; the tags, quick as a close-up card trick, snapped down … Read more

Mold-A-Ramas

Photo: Jason Little Made of equal parts melted plastic and childhood memories, genuine Mold-A-Rama figurines—the locally conceived tchotchkes molded, on the spot, to simple perfection in machines reminiscent of the space age at various museums and attractions around town—stand alone as the most collectible way to wax nostalgic. Reasons there are no better souvenirs on … Read more

Brendan Sodikoff’s BYO Policy

Illustration: Hawk Krall Even regulars at Bavette’s, Gilt Bar, and Sodikoff’s other hot spots think it’s an urban legend—there’s no way restaurants this snazzy would let you bring your own wine for the small price of sharing a glass with another table. But it’s true, and it’s awfully nice when you’re the one receiving a … Read more