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Smoke Signals
Michael Austin | Photo: Frank Gaglione/Getty Images | March 4, 2013

The Monopoly man knew it, and so did Winston Churchill. Fidel Castro and Jay-Z know it, too. They all know that a high-quality cigar is the ultimate celebration of the good life. It just doesn’t get much...

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The Amazing Race!
Jim McFarlin | March 4, 2013

These days the words “car race” conjure up a mental picture of a stadium full of rabid fans cheering on a fleet of otherworldly machines doing laps faster than the human eyeball can track. But when the Chicago Times-Herald ...

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The Fighter
Matt Lee | Photo: Saverio Truglia | March 4, 2013


He’s one of the most well-known men in Chicago, but Jonny Imerman is far more than a man-about-town. After beating cancer at age 26 he founded nonprofit Imerman Angels in 2003. Its mission is simple: to pair...

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A Real Scrooge
Matt Lee | November 9, 2012

For Chicago holiday traditions, the Goodman Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol is right up there with the Christkindlmarket and white-lit trees down Michigan Avenue. While A Christmas Carol may be kind of like...

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South Side Style
Lisa Shames | November 9, 2012

You don’t have to go far in Chinatown before you stumble upon a Tony Hu restaurant: The acclaimed chef currently has seven in a half-mile radius. From his first, Lao Sze Chuan (still considered one of the best Chinese restaurants in the...

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Maximum Overdrive
Kate Bongiovanni | November 9, 2012

“He pulls a knife, you pull a gun!” exhorts Sean Connery in The Untouchables. “That’s the Chicago way!” And so it must also be with our workouts: Winter is coming at us with frigid temperatures,...

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Rare Air
Matt Lee | November 9, 2012

It’s shaping up to be quite a year for aviation. Just as Boeing releases the hugely anticipated Dreamliner, set to change commercial flight forever through a slew of technological innovations, Bombardier Aerospace is poised to redefine private flight...

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Turkish Delight!
Rima Suqi | November 9, 2012

When I mentioned to a friend living in Istanbul that I’d be staying at the new, much-buzzed-about Le Meridien Istanbul on an upcoming trip, there was a long pause. Then he said, “That’s like staying uptown when you’re...

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Keep It Brief
Isaiah Freeman-Schub | November 9, 2012

Looking to shell out like a boss? We can think of nothing better to spend your well-earned bonus on than Gucci’s slick croc briefcase. The shape is classic and the skin is luxe—exactly what you’re looking for in an...

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Brit Wit
Nate Chapnick | November 9, 2012

Falling in love with a car is easy... when it’s an Aston Martin. The heart of the 2013 V12 Vantage? That would be a supercar-caliber engine capable of churning out 510 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, good for a blisteringly quick 4.1-second trip...

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Solid Gold
Jim McFarlin | November 9, 2012

It would live on in city lore forever: The most luxurious residence Chicago had ever seen, a veritable castle on Lake Shore Drive designed by famed architects Henry Ives Cobb and Charles Sumner Frost, and built for a then-unheard of cost of more than $1...

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Bombs Away!
Jim McFarlin | September 14, 2012

A huge hit on an Edmonton defenseman last January put the debut season of Daniel Carcillo as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks on ice prematurely, causing a torn left ACL that sent him under the surgeon’s blade after only 28 games. In that...

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