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Chicago magazine August 2019

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
nick the disrupter

THREE YEARS AGO, JUST AFTER I BECAME EDITOR OF THIS magazine, I got a congratulatory message from entrepreneur Nick Kokonas. I knew him a little — I had met him at a friend’s house once — and he offered a suggestion for Chicago that seemed like a swift way to tank it: Give away our magazine ads for free. (His twist involved auctioning our digital ads to the highest bidders.) A few months later, I bumped into him at a fundraiser, and he again insisted we should blow up our entire business model. True to form, he couldn’t resist being disruptive — even about an industry he didn’t work in. This guy is a bit much, I thought to myself. Since we’re social media friends, it’s been easy to follow his declarations…

1 min.
the history detective

HOW DO YOU ASSEMBLE an oral history of an event that happened a century ago? For writer (and Chicago copy editor) Robert Loerzel, it meant unear thing what had been overlooked. During his extensive research on the 1919 race riot (page 114), he found new sources, including the daughter of a man accused of throwing the stones that led to Eugene Williams’s death, the trigger event. When Loerzel reached her by letter, she hadn’t known about her father’s involvement. Loerzel also uncovered lawsuits filed by victims’ families and the largely unpublished transcript of an interview — conducted by William M. Tuttle, Jr. for a 1970 book — with a witness to Williams’s death. The author’s archives are at the University of Kansas, but Loerzel didn’t see the document listed online. The…

2 min.
meeting the mayor

@HolliLoki via Twitter An interesting and useful observation about identity politics — or the lack thereof. @hopnotes via Twitter Cards Against Humanity, fedoras… you gotta love the fact that the Reddit constituency finally has some elected representation. @chrbelanger via Twitter HAUNTED BY A DISASTER I just read this entire story [“The Ghosts of Flight 191,” May] thinking from the first paragraph that someone survived. Awful, awful tragedy. Kate Monson Herron via Facebook I remember the news coverage: Walter Jacobson reading the list of passengers and then stopping when he recognized one of the names and saying he had just seen him. Elizabeth Espinosa via Facebook That photo [of a sideways DC-10] has fueled a lot of my nightmares. I was only 9 when this happened. @JenKilzer via Twitter HARP HAVEN For those who loved all that stuff about clocks in the overture to…

1 min.
tragic bond

▪ A golden boy from Orland Park, Jeff Alm became an All-American linebacker at Notre Dame before being drafted into the NFL in 1990 by the Houston Oilers. But he didn’t leave his local roots behind: His closest relationship remained with his high school best friend, Sean Lynch. In the August 1994 Chicago story “‘I Have a Buddy Dying,’” Shane Tritsch explored the deep bond between the two men. Alm used to concoct a hypothetical scenario in which he was stranded in downtown Chicago at three in the morning after he and Lynch had had a fight. As he once explained to Christine Boron [his girlfriend], the one person in the world he would call to rescue him was Lynch, however angry he might be; Alm knew Lynch wouldn’t hesitate to…

1 min.
your best sunset pics

@santuswilliam William Santus took up photography after he moved here from Italy for work last year. Though new to the practice, he is focused: He waited nearly three hours up in the (former) Hancock Center to get this shot. “It was worth it,” he says. WE ALSO LOVED… @dennisryan6024 @barrybutler9 @mccormackmel @shetal_15 NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of baseball in Chicago 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 Potential buyers (and inevitable gawkers) can peek at the Tribune Tower’s future when the condo sales gallery opens this month. Start saving: Units go from $700,000 up to $7 million. 2 The International Conference on Men’s Issues, an annual gathering of male rights activists, lands near O’Hare (exact location not yet announced) Aug. 16–18. Prepare for a collective murmur of “Audre Lorde, give us strength” from Chicago women. 3 On Aug. 23, former 20th Ward alderman Willie Cochran begins his 366-day prison sentence for using funds intended for charity on things like pricey meals and gambling. He’s the 35th alderman since 1972 to be convicted for corruption. 4 Beat-heavy festival Mamby on the Beach looks like it’s going full steam ahead at Montrose Beach Aug. 23–24, despite fears for the safety of…