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Over the eventful past year, the Chicagoans in this ranking have stepped up in a big way, wielding newfound clout and making change happen. Read more
What’s the secret to a happy marriage? To a fulfilling career? To preventing your kids from repeating your stupid mistakes? America’s preeminent public radio personality put these and other questions to 10 Chicagoans over the age of 65. Read more
The 150-acre burial ground has served the South Side for over a century. Now, amid a devastating COVID-19 surge and a racially charged clash over funeral processions, it’s become a lightning rod. Read more
Thought Chicago was just a beer town? The city’s java scene is booming, with more choices than ever, from authentic Turkish kahve and Mexican café de olla to boldly flavored lattes and canned cold brews. Read more
Every building tells a story — about its residents, its neighborhood, its city. Prompted by a new historical research project, novelist Kathleen Rooney got to know one of them. Read more
The pandemic may have put a stop to big weddings, but plenty of local couples are still getting hitched at City Hall. One morning in September, we captured the big day for 10 of them. Read more
In an unprecedented year, these six honorees — from the doctors who guided us through the bleakest days to the organizer who became the face of a revolution — showed us that humanity and hope persist. Read more
An exhaustive rundown of 29 of the most skilled practitioners in the metro area, for everything from tiny “tweakments” to total transformations. Read more
With restaurants all over town pivoting to takeout, the handheld meal is enjoying a Renaissance. Whether you skew old-school (gym shoe, anyone?) or newfangled (hello, Cambodian fried chicken), our celebration of all things sammies is packed with recipes, chef tips, great veggie options, and much more. Read more