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Infamy and Fortune
William J. Helmer | March 15, 2012

It’s like the story of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre has been carved in stone.

Every book, countless newspaper and magazine articles, even the 1967 Jason Robards movie, all describe how Al Capone suckered Bugs...

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Made in Chicago
Matt Lee, Lisa Shames and Margaret Sutherlin | March 15, 2012

We won’t pretend to know exactly what drives the following Chicagoans’ passion for making such high-quality products. All we know is that each is at the pinnacle of his profession, has an awesome...

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Say It Ain’t So!
Lisa Shames | March 15, 2012

It’s not the first time chef Charlie Trotter has joked about walking away from his eponymous restaurant with a bang. Five years ago, when his Lincoln Park temple to fine dining and innovation reached its 20-year mark, he teased that after...

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Animal Nature
Bret Love | March 15, 2012

I’m on a Boat
With every crashing wave, every tilt of the ship, every roller-coaster moment of catching air before slamming down with an audible thump, I’m trying not to lose it.

We’re aboard the M/Y...

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Klein of the Times
Scott Huvers | March 15, 2012

Back in 1999, a 20-year-old Chris Klein—who a year earlier made an indelible impression in his professional acting debut, Alexander Payne’s Election—hit it big in the teen-centric sex comedy American Pie...

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Foreign Accents
Lisa Shames | November 8, 2011

Not everyone can envision a dream home inside a cold storage meatpacking facility. But as a partner in Chicago restaurants Hubbard Inn, English and Barn & Company, Daniel Alonso is used to doing some major interior design transformations...

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Mr. Solutions
Matt Lee | November 8, 2011

If Motorola has proven anything over the years, it’s that its strengths lie in innovation and adapting: founded as a maker of battery eliminators in 1928, Motorola has gone on to develop everything from radios and TVs galore to the...

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Who’s the Boss?
Matt Lee | November 8, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but word on the street is that Chicago has developed a reputation across the country for its politics. But even the hilarious antics of Blago and his ilk pale in comparison to the drama on offer in the new series ...

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Mikey Likes It
Mitch Snyder | November 8, 2011

Now there’s a sight for sore eyes. While the world’s most famous athlete never truly left the city’s restaurant scene—he’s a partner in acclaimed contemporary American spot one sixtyblue on West Randolph—...

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Hammer Time
Elina Fuhrman | November 8, 2011

Just Google “Armie Hammer,” and images appear of the intensely handsome actor as the interchangeable Winklevoss twins, whom he portrayed in last year’s blockbuster chronicle The Social Network. In person, Hammer is just as...

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Slice of Life
Rebecca Taras | November 8, 2011

You don’t have to be a tourist to get a hankering for some Chicago ’za. But, these days that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to get out the electric knife to carve into the butter crust of an 80-pound deep-dish topped...

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The Fire Inside
Michael Nagrant | November 8, 2011

The first flake of snow often coincides with the first silent tear of the year in the manliest of men. And by that, we mean guys who run their grill and smoker setups harder than a Kentucky Derby colt all summer. Thankfully, due to a slew...

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