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Chicago magazine January 2018

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
the return of chickenman, chicago’s forgotten superhero

Beware, evildoers: Chickenman, billed as possibly the most fantastic crime fighter the world has ever known, is back. The Adventures of Chickenman, a beloved radio series created in Chicago in 1966, is now available on iTunes and Stitcher. (Twenty episodes are free, and Stitcher Premium offers all 260 for a fee.) To celebrate, its creator, Dick Orkin, is releasing special new episodes on The Radio Ranch’s Facebook page. Orkin conceived of Chickenman, a spoof on the superhero shows that were booming at the time, when he was production director at WCFL-AM. At the height of its popularity, the series was syndicated to 1,500 radio stations, including one in Baltimore with a young listener named Ira Glass. In a 1995 This American Life episode, Glass said that Chickenman was “the only thing I…

1 min.
a healthy discussion

A few months ago, my ophthalmologist told me, “You’re going to need readers very soon.” Boy, was she right. Almost overnight, it seems, I can no longer write a text, navigate a menu, or get through a magazine without struggling. For me, at 44, the decline in close-up vision was right on time. What a lot of women my age aren’tas ready for—mostly because it’s still a taboo topic—is menopause. I have friends who will proudly share details of their plastic surgery, but I don’t know anyone who has volunteered that she takes hormones. So when I saw Lauren Streicher at an event recently, I was excited to ask about the first-ofits- kind menopause center the doctor has launched at Northwestern. She offered me a line I have repeated to friends…

1 min.
inside peek

BEHIND THE SHOOT Set designer Megan Hovany built a throne of protein bars for our story on RXBar’s founder (page 92). “I went through about 12 sticks of hot glue, which is more than I ever have,” she says. “There are places on the chair that are four bars deep.” CONTRIBUTOR Novelist Deborah Shapiro (The Sun in Your Eyes) wrote about Anjali Pinto’s Instagram-driven grieving process (page 104). “Something I tried to convey was Anjali’s candor about such a diffcult subject. Sometimes you get an impression of someone from social media and they’re not like that at all in real life, but Anjali is.” OUTTAKE From the Pete Wentz interview (page 158): “I was walking through a hotel lobby in Berlin during the Europe Music Awards. I’d overheard something about myself at the awards and…

1 min.
talk to us

ON A BELOVED MAYOR’S LEGACY I was a first-year employee in the personnel department at City Hall, and I will always remember that day ?“The Day Harold Washington Died,” December?. It was a watershed moment for the city, and nothing was the same after. Amy Buczko on Facebook The proudest votes I’ve ever cast were for Harold. The day he died was as crushing a loss as burying my parents would be decades later. It was as if Dr. King, Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, Victor Jara, Fred Hampton, and Ghassan Kanafani had been stolen from this world all over again. The odds in 1983 seemed insurmountable, yet the impossible happened and the people took power. That reality gives me hope every day that when we organize and resist, anything is possible. He was the…

5 min.
is the dining boom over?

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month When Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm opened their flagship Lincoln Park restaurant Boka 14 years ago, more than 600 people lined up around the block looking for jobs. How times have changed. These days, when the duo launches a new place, “you put out an ad, you might get 10 people,” Katz says. “What was once a very fertile ground for talent is not any longer. People are fighting just to put a staff together.” Such is life in the restaurant bubble. The boom of higher-end openings in Chicago over the past four years has depleted the available pool of waitstaff and kitchen help. What’s more, the fight for qualified workers has sent wages soaring, imperiling already thin…

2 min.
the u.s. steel site

The old U.S. Steel South Works site in South Chicago is just a weedy prairie. Why would anyone want to build there? Located at 85th Street and South Lake Shore Drive, it’s the largest piece of undeveloped lakeshore property in the city—440 acres. Developers have been trying to make something of the land for more than a decade, but deals for a Solo Cup factory and a “city within a city” containing 13,000 housing units fell through. But there’s a new plan, right? Yep. In August, two European companies— Ireland’s Emerald Living and Spain’s Barcelona Housing Systems—agreed to buy the land for a reported $64 million. They’re talking about constructing 20,000 housing units, a shopping mall, restaurants, and an onsite factory to produce components for the modular housing. Compared with the first plan…