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Chicago magazine August 2018

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in this issue

1 min.
my house

IN THE SUMMER OF ’86, AS I WAS PREparing to enter eighth grade, I persuaded my parents to send me to a Greek camp in Wisconsin with other girls from my church. One night, a fellow camper played an illicit new song for us. It was getting some airplay because it was written by a local radio DJ, Julian “Jumpin” Perez. But it was particularly notable to our group not only because of the racy lyrics, but because the voice on the record belonged to an older, cooler girl we knew. The song was called “Jack Me ’Til I Scream.” Though I didn’t fully understand the lyrics at the time, by the end of the summer I could recite them all. So when our staff decided to put together a celebration…

1 min.
elevator pitch

TO SHOOT THE TRIO OF PORTRAITS IN this month’s house music blowout (page 110), Colleen Durkin didn’t have to travel far—just outside her door, in fact. She used the Humboldt Park warehouse in which her studio and living space are located as a backdrop. “It’s grimy, it’s dirty, it’s the perfect setting,” Durkin says. “It’s exactly where house parties would have happened.” For the photo of scenester-turned-DJ Lori Branch (above), Durkin held the building’s freight elevator some 25 minutes until she finally got the shot she wanted. “As soon as Lori put on that baseball cap, you could feel her energy change. She was vogueing.” Claire Voon, Chicago’s assistant dining editor, hadn’t tried CBD oil—the legal, THC-free cannabinoid—before she wrote about it (page 45), but she has become a convert: “Now…

2 min.
a son’s lament

@jennifergwrites via Twitter What an open, unsentimental, revealing, beautiful tale. All the skills of a great writer are there. No wonder your dad was proud. Rick Telander This is incredible storytelling. I know that internal struggle: the anger/guilt/yearning/forgetting and the unexpected smack of a memory—you captured it all. My own ending didn’t have a nice bow on it, but I’m OK with that (today anyway). @stevpatt via Twitter TRUNCATED TOURS You nailed it [“Leader of the Pack,” June/July]. This transition [by Chicago Architecture Foundation docents] to a new location and learning new and revised tours is very challenging. Me: five tours. And we have to cut 30 minutes; what information and/or story do we push off the curb? Joann Sondy via Facebook CORRECTIONS In “How to Mend a Broken Heart” [June/July], Roderick Tung and Nir Uriel of the University…

1 min.
rush street redux

Tony Fitzpatrick’s story (page 62) of one wild night of drugs, sex, and rock ’n’ roll is like opening a mid-’70s time capsule of Rush Street. Coincidentally, this issue marks the 30th anniversary of another Chicago depiction of that legendary pickup zone—this one set a decade later. In “The Boys of Rush Street,” Rick Telander tails a young PR professional and his sidekick as they prowl the area in search of warm bodies. Telander begins with one of the more, shall we say, memorable leads in this magazine’s history: The heat starts in the groin region and emanates outward like platoons, patrols, and lone snipers breaking away from a battalion and overrunning a country until from head to toe the young man is nothing but occupied territory. Lucretius called the genesis of…

1 min.
your best beach photos

@clementinestudio Carly Martin, a watercolorist, was walking her pup, Norman, at the Montrose dog beach when she snapped this dreamy pic as inspiration for her work. “It had been raining hard all day, so nobody else was there,” she says. WE ALSO LIKED @emilyrtolan @bfieldsphoto @balootheblondefox @mariaefting NEXT CONTEST Post your rooftop pics on Instagram by August 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the October issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

1 min.
talking points

1 Steve James’s 10-part docuseries “America to Me,” exploring racial disparity at Oak Park and River Forest High School, premieres August 26 on Starz. Word is, it’ll be an eye-opener for liberal “Woke Park.”2 The new website State Matters aims to make the Illinois legislature accessible with playful explainer videos and stories. It’s like having funny friends who are experts in Springfield politics.3 Brown Girls cocreator and queer Muslim Fatimah Asghar releases her debut poetry book, If They Come for Us, August 7. It’s part war cry, part quirky confessional, part history lesson—and entirely unputdownable.4 Chicago gets its first Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room. The Japanese artist’s kaleidoscope of reflective surfaces arrives from New York City, where it generated six-hour waits and endless Instagram likes.…