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Chicago magazine April 2015

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12 Issues


2 min.
the high life

The elevator ride to the penthouse at Trump International Hotel & Tower takes about one minute. Which, it turns out, is also how long it takes to sing The Jeffersons theme song. Well, we’re movin’ on up . . . to a dee-luxe apartment in the skyyyy . . . George and Weezy were on only the 12th floor. Sanjay Shah, the 46-year-old software mogul who plopped down $17 million in cash in December for the 14,260-squarefoot uppermost Trump unit, is on the 89th—and living higher above ground than anybody else not only in Chicago but in the entire Western Hemisphere. OK, Shah isn’t living there quite yet. The joint is still raw space, just concrete floors, and will take more than a year (and many more millions of dollars) to be…

4 min.
home, sweet (retirement) home

How have local senior-living offerings changed recently? The homes are becoming so sophisticated in terms of à la carte services. Let’s say you’ve got a senior who is at the independent level—meaning that person can pretty much take care of himself but maybe needs a little help with housekeeping or meal preparation. He can order that service. It’s called person-centric care, and it allows people to remain in their apartments for a much longer time. How much can people expect to pay for a decent place? Rents range from $3,300 to $7,000 per month. Some of them are private pay [i.e., they accept only cash or private insurance]; others accept Medicaid. There’s a good fit for every senior—it’s just a matter of figuring out what you’re looking for, how much you…

11 min.

COMEDIES ANGRY FAGS Through 4/26 Descriptively billed as “Oscar Wilde meets Fight Club,” Angry Fags explores the consequences of a violent bashing that transpires during an argument over civil rights, bomb building, politics, and—oddly enough—pistachios. Part of Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep series (see also Heat Wave and The Walk Across America for Mother Earth). $15–$20. Pride Films and Plays at the Garage, 1624 N. Halsted. pridefilmsandplays.com DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER 4/24–5/24 Lake Forest’s professional theater unleashes one of the great farces of the 20th century, in which a romantic rendezvous goes way astray as unexpected guests, mistresses, wives, and various clueless family members descend for a meal. Expect plenty of slamming doors and breakneck comic timing. $15–$35. 300 S. Waukegan, Lake Forest. citadeltheatre.org END DAYS Through 4/26 Longtime actor Henry Godinez takes charge of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s…

21 min.
who is jose abreu?

They left in the middle of the night, entrusting their fate to a tiny boat, its two motors, and the ink-black sea. For 12 hours, they pressed on. Through darkness, then dawn, then scorching daylight. Through 15-foot waves. And through the paths of trawlers and other ships that could cut their own 20-foot vessel in two. Six of them huddled close atop a roiling ocean under an angry sky. But it was the hulking man in the middle who held them all together. Jose Abreu led his family—his fiancée, Yusmary; his parents; his sister and her husband—in prayers as the boat bucked and kicked beneath them. “It was dangerous,” he says. “The waves were high, but the Lord was at our side. God gave us the chance to reach our destination.” It…

2 min.
belle maison

Prices available upon request at Idle wood Electric: 847.831.3600 or idlewoodelectric.com shopbedside.com www.cosentino.com For more info on these design projects, visit drurydesigns.com/portfolio. royalbuildingproducts.com…

1 min.
urban safari