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Jackie Taylor

The Black Ensemble Theater founder, 67, on growing up in Cabrini and why she snubbed New York.

3 months
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David Axelrod

The political consultant, 64, on why he’s done with presidential campaigns and what law made him cry

4 months
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Sandra Cisneros

The novelist and poet, 64, on the power of art, the impact of depression, and the splendor of a Chicago dog

5 months
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Timuel Black

The activist and historian, 100, on lessons from his grandmother, marching with King, and marrying younger

6 months
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David Orr

The recently retired Cook County clerk, 74, on Eddie Vrdolyak, machine politics, and screaming at the TV

7 months
ago

Jeff Tweedy

The Wilco frontman, 51, on parenting, addiction, and the one thing he still keeps private

9 months
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Barbara Gaines

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater artistic director, 72, on the Bard, fear, and past lives

9 months
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Ken Harrelson

The longtime White Sox announcer, 76, on the day his dad left, his Hawk persona, and his impending retirement

11 months
ago

Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt

Loyola’s basketball team chaplain, 98, on her sudden fame, scouting reports, and aversion to naps

1 year
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Ramsey Lewis

The jazz pianist, 83, on life-changing hits and his impending retirement

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