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Chicago magazine April 2017

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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Fear and Uncertainty Among Chicago Immigrants Chicago is the adopted home of thousands who fled civil war and poverty in other countries. With President Trump looking to clamp down on immigration, many of these transplants worry about their futures—and their ability to bring family members into the United States to join them. “I came from chaos, and now I’m living in limbo,” says community leader Abdinasir Kahin, a naturalized U.S. citizen who emigrated from Somalia 15 years ago. Reporters Sarah Conway and Alex V. Hernandez and photographer Alyssa Schukar captured the daily lives and concerns of Chicago-area immigrants from each of the seven countries on Trump’s initial travel ban. Read their stories atchicagomag.com/travelban. ON YOUR TABLET Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices free. Get them at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. VIDEO Watch…

1 min.
the home front

My dream home is the one I’m in now—a midsize condo in the heart of River North. With floorto- ceiling windows and close proximity to a life-affirming dog park, plus a supershort morning commute (an eightminute walk, even in heels!), I can’t imagine ever wanting to move. Even so, it’s always fascinating to see inside other peoples’ homes, especially in Chicago, where the housing inventory is vast and varied. This month, in addition to our annual residential real estate guide (“Where to Buy Now,” page 77), we introduce a new twice-a-year section called Habitat, focused on home design and decor. (It starts on page 63.) Each April and September, the section will showcase domiciles from a distinctly Chicago perspective: In this issue, visit the home of Vermilion restaurateur Rohini Dey, peek inside…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR To illustrate the late fighter Ed Brown (page 106), Wayne Brezinka layered in Chicago street maps and cutouts from vintage boxing magazines. “It’s all done organically, by hand. There’s a lot more you can say than with computer-generated illustrations.” STAFF SPOTLIGHT Features editor David McAninch has a new memoir out: Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France’s Last Best Place. “I’m excited to give Chicagoans a taste of southwest France,” says the former Saveur deputy editor. BEHIND THE SHOOT While photographing mycologist Patrick Leacock (page 100), Lucy Hewett encountered the Lycoperdon pyriforme fungus (a.k.a. wolf-fart puffball), which releases deadly spores when touched. “He walked right up and poked it,” she says. “We kept our distance.” PHOTOGRAPHY: (BREZINKA) MATT HUESMANN; (MCANINCH) ROMEO OROS; (LYCOPERDON) RAFAEL MEDINA…

1 min.
talk to us

ON OUR LOVE LETTER TO CHICAGO I love the whole shebang [“Why We Love Chicago,” March]! This is a city of neighborhoods, people, street cuisine, trains and planes, grit and grime, the lifeblood of music and art, even in the everyday. Raechel Ferry-Rooney on Facebook Gaze upon Chicago, lesser cities, and despair. Chicago is the greatest city in the world. @domineeringDom on Twitter Goddamn it, I cried with joy reading the [Kyle Schwarber] article. Nice work, Bryan Smith. @robotlemur on Twitter [Nate Marshall’s new poem for Chicago is] just like Chicago itself: beautiful, honest, heavy on encased meats. @Cementley on Twitter I’m not sure you can say you’re a Chicagoan if you haven’t closed out a 5 a.m. bar. @samjcharles on Twitter When I didn’t live in Chicago, I survived by buying giardiniera from Potbelly. @MBeller on…

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the white sox puzzle

Here’s some baseball trivia for the thinking fan: Did you know Chicago hosts not one but two major-league teams? Word is, the Chicago White Sox even won a title a few years back. Of course, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the Sox, given the hullabaloo that the team up north created last season when they—let me check my facts, yes, that’s right—won the World Series for the first time in more than a century. And there’ll be a temptation, as the South Siders enter yet another transitional season with ex–Cubs skipper Rick Renteria at the helm, to frame every move the Sox make in terms of the Cubs’ model for success. On the surface, it’s easy to assume the Sox are trying to follow the same path. The Cubs won big…

2 min.
the war on women

In Body Horror, you argue that garment workers and models have more in common than we realize. How so? Both are paid a slim percentage of a living wage, and both suffer extremely high rates of sexual abuse and harassment. We are in an age when we talk about misogyny from a very personal standpoint, but it’s rarely laid out so we can see the same thing is happening to millions of women. We don’t talk about it in a systemic way. How does misogyny intersect with autoimmune diseases, which you write about as both a patient and a journalist? Autoimmune diseases afflict a population that’s 75 to 90 percent women, and those diseases are understudied, misdiagnosed, and ignored on a consistent basis. The history of medicine is a history of…