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Chicago magazine August 2017

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How Zoning Shaped—and Segregated—Chicago You may have heard that Chicago is one of the nation’s most segregated cities. A new analysis suggests that it’s at least partly due to Chicago’s first zoning ordinance. Once this comprehensive law passed in 1923, neighborhoods with a majority of blacks were more likely to be zoned at higher density levels than neighborhoods with more European immigrants, according to a study published in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Though both groups faced prejudice and housing shortages, the policy made it more likely that Europeans would spread across the city but blacks would end up concentrated in the same areas. Why the distinction? The study’s authors hypothesize that with European immigration slowing and the Great Migration picking up steam, many Chicagoans felt more wary of African American newcomers. —WHET…

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celeb spotting

The Best of Chicago feature has appeared in this magazine’s August issue for, well, as long as anyone here can remember. So we are constantly looking for ways to keep it fresh. This year when senior editor Lauren Williamson suggested we frame our picks within scenarios (e.g., having a gourmet picnic), we realized it would provide a fun way to enlist prominent Chicagoans for cameos. Think of it as our version of Where’s Waldo? You can spot former Rockit Ranch Productions president Arturo Gomez on page 77, wearing a dark lavender jacket and enjoying a gentlemen’s night out. (He’ll soon be launching charter flight company Big Game Air, which will certainly be the poshest way to take in a Big 10 football game.) See Fashionaholic blogger Janet Mandell in a shimmery…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR Evanston novelist Abby Geni penned an essay to accompany photos of some of Chicago’s urban oases (page 90). “I think one of the great pains of being human is our separation from nature,” says Geni, author of The Lightkeepers and The Last Animal. “Anything we can do to ameliorate that separation will ease the pain of not having green spaces or animals to interact with. That’s why I write about nature— and why I have a dog.” BEHIND THE ILLUSTRATION The image may look like a Rorschach inkblot, but that’s the sketch of Navy Pier against the city’s skyline that Daniel Pelavin mocked up for his illustration on page 21. “I basically drew a bunch of shapes associated with Navy Pier,” says Pelavin. “That’s the Centennial Wheel in the center, and the…

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talk to us

ON STORIES FROM CHICAGO POLICE Thank you for composing the most lucid piece of journalism I’ve read in many years concerning our city’s problems [“What Cops Know,” July]. In a time when jaundiced media coverage and ineffectual political pandering are driving this city to the cliff, you nailed it. @Johnnyofchicago on Twitter I hear what this piece is trying to say (cops in the fam), but it ignores the complexity of how race works in policing. @LadyKateD on Twitter So happy we have more media out there doing pro-police propaganda. Real gutsy stuff. @HumanBeing2087 on Twitter ON SULLIVAN HIGH SCHOOL Thank you for this article [“Welcome to Refugee High,” June]. I’m a teacher at Hayt Elementary in Edgewater, and our ESL population has surged. Having a student walk into your classroom after being taken from a country in…

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can navy pier ever be cool?

Public radio icon Ira Glass worked at WBEZ’s office on Navy Pier for 11 years before moving to New York in 2006. Suffice it to say, he was not a fan of the Navy Pier experience. “It was horrible,” says the host and executive producer of the Peabody Award– winning radio show This American Life. “It was like a low-rent theme park with terrible food, and it was depressing.” In the unkindest cut of all, he likens the pier’s collection of tchotchke stands and chain restaurants to a tourist trap in Davenport, Iowa. Ouch. Glass isn’t wrong. More than a decade later, some locals wear it as a badge of pride that they’ve never set foot on Navy Pier or paid good money to gape at the skyline from its Ferris…

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five more legit reasons to visit navy pier

1. Go to a foam party. Not the kind from your rave days. This large-scale art installation spews massive quantities of suds from giant steel canisters. The artist, Roger Hiorns, was going for a depiction of “continuous change in a joyous ebullient manner.” Sounds like a foam party to us. Polk Bros Park, through October 21, weekdays at noon and weekends at noon and 4 p.m. 2. Watch the masters at work. Here’s where it starts getting really good: Powerhouse architect Jeanne Gang (of Aqua Tower and Chicago River boathouse fame) and acclaimed visual artist Nick Cave (creator of the legendary Soundsuits) collaborate with local musicians on an art, design, and performance extravaganza as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Expo Chicago. Aon Grand Ballroom, September 13 at 8 p.m.,…