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Chicago magazine August 2015

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connect with us online chicagomag.com

“The Internet, as a whole, is just so crazy that in order to parody it we have to be more absurd and weird.” —Clickhole editor Jermaine Affonso Read about the site’s first year at chicagomag.com/clickhole. FULL DINING LISTINGS ON YOUR TABLET! Find all of our dining critics’ carefully curated restaurant recommendations, sorted by location, in our tablet apps at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES ON YOUR TABLET! Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices. Get them free at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicago mag.com/android. In episode 14 of Chicago’s Great Neighborhoods, Ian Spula takes you on a tour of Bridgeport. Watch at chicagomag.com/bridgeport. Follow Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Search for “Chicago mag” to find our social media feeds. FREE E-NEWSLETTERS Weekly email newsletters alert you to the latest in dining, culture, shopping, and…

1 min.
hunt, gather

Reading assistant editor Carrie Schedler’s fascinating story about Iliana Regan, the Indiana-born chef/huntress who is redefining Midwestern cuisine (see page 102), brought back childhood memories. Like Regan’s parents, my maternal grandmother, also from Indiana, was skilled at pickling, making relishes, and canning summer’s local bounty—a skill she passed on to my mother, who tried but failed to instill that interest in her five children. The closest my father’s side came to living off the land was a rabid enthusiasm— among the boys, at least—for casting fishing lines into the lakes dotting the Northwoods of Wisconsin. While they were reeling in largemouth bass and walleye, which would become delicious dinners hours later, I would sometimes go hunting for the little tree frogs that hopped around on the wooded trails—but only to marvel…

1 min.
inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR Photographer Terry Evans has always been interested in documenting the environment. (In 1996, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship to shoot the prairie stretching from Canada to Texas.) But it wasn’t until 2011, when she traveled to North Dakota to capture the effects of fracking, that she began to see the difference she could make through her art. “I’m more interested in advocating about climate change and land use issues now,” says Evans, 70, whose photo essay about the effects of an oil refinery byproduct stored on the Southeast Side starts on page 92. “These are not just environmental issues, but also issues of social justice.” ARTIFACT When chef Iliana Regan goes frog-hunting (see “The Queen of Midwestern Cuisine,” page 102), she uses a gigger, a contraption designed for spearing the little buggers.…

2 min.
talk to us

ON THE 1995 HEAT WAVE I was working near Addison and California back then [“Heat Wave,” July]. There’s a huge ComEd transformer farm there, and it literally exploded on that evening of July 14. A coworker was walking nearby and saw his shadow on a nearby wall, Hiroshima-style. I don’t recall how long Lake View was without power, but that surely had to be a factor in all of this. LouisKoziarz on Reddit Reading the quotes from Daley and his staff, it seems like there was a lot of buckpassing and doubling down on excuses. They should be ashamed of themselves. test-poster on Reddit I still remember [volunteers] loading black bags of bodies onto refrigerated trailers. I also remember people complaining about the trailers being used again for food. Horrible time in Chicago. Rumster on Reddit ON…

4 min.
grading the governor

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month If Bruce Rauner’s vision of shaking up Springfield meant making a lot of noise, his first six months have been a rousing success. But if the goal was to get something substantive actually, well, done, Illinois’s new governor has yet to impress, accomplishing less in his first spring in power than any predecessor since before fellow Republican Jim Edgar took office in 1991. Here’s how well, at presstime in late June, he has delivered on seven key promises he made during the election. THE RAUNER REPORT CARD C SHAKING UP ILLINOIS Dems buzz-sawed much of Rauner’s “turnaround agenda.” Workers’ comp and right-towork legislation, tort reform, and a property tax freeze all got nixed. So far, Rauner has notched only two…

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teenage dream

A library is at the center of John Hughes’s teen classic The Breakfast Club. A library was also the heart of the filmmaker’s mansion in Lake Forest. “It was a very special place for John and me,” says Nancy Hughes, who moved out of the house after her husband’s death in 2009. “He did all of his writing in the library.” In the striking room, with its walnut and iron lanterns, monumental fireplace, and three walls of leaded windows, Hughes penned the screenplays for Home Alone 2, Beethoven, and Dennis the Menace. (Picasso had his Blue Period. Hughes had Kids and Dogs.) Despite that legacy, the 11,255-square-foot house sat on the market for three and a half years. It got a fresh start in April, though, when it was relisted after…