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August 2019

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EDITOR IN CHIEF AND PUBLISHER Susanna Homan EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Terrance Noland DESIGN DIRECTOR Katherine Bryja Shady FEATURES EDITOR David McAninch SENIOR WRITER Bryan Smith SENIOR EDITORS Tal Rosenberg, Carrie Schedler, Lauren Williamson ASSISTANT EDITOR Phoebe Mogharei CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Bazer, Rachel Bertsche, Tom Chiarella, Ted C. Fishman, Nina Kokotas Hahn, John Kessler, Edward McClelland, Heidi Mitchell, Mike Thomas, Bill Zehme CHIEF CONTRIBUTING DINING CRITIC Jeff Ruby CONTRIBUTING CULTURE CRITICS Meaghan Garvey, Graham Meyer, Taylor Moore, Kris Vire, Claire Voon, Lauren Warnecke CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITORS Robert Loerzel, Amy Schroeder EDITORIAL INTERNS Aqilah Allaudeen, Maridsa Choute, Meredith Melland SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR Matt Pollock ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR Hannah Edgar DIGITAL PRODUCER Lynette Smith SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO EDITOR DS Shin DEPUTY DESIGN DIRECTOR Emily Johnson PHOTO DIRECTOR Martha Williams ART DIRECTOR Jessica Sedgwick CONTRIBUTING DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST Andrew Davis CONTRIBUTING PHOTO ASSISTANT Patrick Crowley PREPRESS/DESIGN MANAGER Tom Kadzielawski PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Julie Szamlewski GRAPHIC DESIGNER Haleigh Castino ADVERTISING ADVERTISING DIRECTOR…

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nick the disrupter

THREE YEARS AGO, JUST AFTER I BECAME EDITOR OF THIS magazine, I got a congratulatory message from entrepreneur Nick Kokonas. I knew him a little — I had met him at a friend’s house once — and he offered a suggestion for Chicago that seemed like a swift way to tank it: Give away our magazine ads for free. (His twist involved auctioning our digital ads to the highest bidders.) A few months later, I bumped into him at a fundraiser, and he again insisted we should blow up our entire business model. True to form, he couldn’t resist being disruptive — even about an industry he didn’t work in. This guy is a bit much, I thought to myself. Since we’re social media friends, it’s been easy to follow his declarations…

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the history detective

HOW DO YOU ASSEMBLE an oral history of an event that happened a century ago? For writer (and Chicago copy editor) Robert Loerzel, it meant unear thing what had been overlooked. During his extensive research on the 1919 race riot (page 114), he found new sources, including the daughter of a man accused of throwing the stones that led to Eugene Williams’s death, the trigger event. When Loerzel reached her by letter, she hadn’t known about her father’s involvement. Loerzel also uncovered lawsuits filed by victims’ families and the largely unpublished transcript of an interview — conducted by William M. Tuttle, Jr. for a 1970 book — with a witness to Williams’s death. The author’s archives are at the University of Kansas, but Loerzel didn’t see the document listed online. The…

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meeting the mayor

@HolliLoki via Twitter An interesting and useful observation about identity politics — or the lack thereof. @hopnotes via Twitter Cards Against Humanity, fedoras… you gotta love the fact that the Reddit constituency finally has some elected representation. @chrbelanger via Twitter HAUNTED BY A DISASTER I just read this entire story [“The Ghosts of Flight 191,” May] thinking from the first paragraph that someone survived. Awful, awful tragedy. Kate Monson Herron via Facebook I remember the news coverage: Walter Jacobson reading the list of passengers and then stopping when he recognized one of the names and saying he had just seen him. Elizabeth Espinosa via Facebook That photo [of a sideways DC-10] has fueled a lot of my nightmares. I was only 9 when this happened. @JenKilzer via Twitter HARP HAVEN For those who loved all that stuff about clocks in the overture to…

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talking points

1 Potential buyers (and inevitable gawkers) can peek at the Tribune Tower’s future when the condo sales gallery opens this month. Start saving: Units go from $700,000 up to $7 million. 2 The International Conference on Men’s Issues, an annual gathering of male rights activists, lands near O’Hare (exact location not yet announced) Aug. 16–18. Prepare for a collective murmur of “Audre Lorde, give us strength” from Chicago women. 3 On Aug. 23, former 20th Ward alderman Willie Cochran begins his 366-day prison sentence for using funds intended for charity on things like pricey meals and gambling. He’s the 35th alderman since 1972 to be convicted for corruption. 4 Beat-heavy festival Mamby on the Beach looks like it’s going full steam ahead at Montrose Beach Aug. 23–24, despite fears for the safety of…

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island of choice

DRIVERS CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER EASTBOUND ON I-55 ARE GREETED BY THIS billboard: “Welcome to Illinois, where you can get a safe, legal abortion.” The billboard is an advertisement for the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, but it also recognizes that the Mississippi divides two states that are moving in opposite directions on abortion. Missouri recently passed a “heartbeat bill,” which bans abortion after a fetus is eight weeks old, and only a court order prevented the state from closing its last clinic, in St. Louis. Meanwhile, in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act, which establishes abortion as a “fundamental right” and declares that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of this state.” The new law codifies abortion rights…