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Chicago magazine October 2019

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United States
Chicagoland Publishing Company
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a krash course in empathy

I’VE BEEN ATTENDING THE DANTE Award luncheon on and off for about 10 years. The annual event, which honors local media luminaries, was founded by my late friend Dominic DiFrisco to benefit the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. While the luncheon is always memorable, this year I stepped into the banquet room with no real connection to the honoree, ABC-7 news anchor Alan Krashesky, other than that my friend Kathy Brock, his former coanchor, has always spoken adoringly of him. As the room filled and we took our seats, I noticed there was a Hershey’s bar at each place setting, which I assumed would be our take-home dessert. During the introductory remarks, we were told that the candy bars were a gift from Krashesky and that he would explain what they…

1 min.
gaining entry

PHOTOGRAPHER STEPHANIE BASSOS shot six portraits for “The Season of Culture” (page 78), each through a filter of some kind — glittery fabric, leafy branches, or, for cartoonist Chris Ware, the decorative slits of a door in his Oak Park home (and a model of the door, shown above). Before that shoot, Bassos got a worrying email from the legendarily angsty Ware. “He was like, ‘I don’t want to get creative’ — basically like, ‘You can shoot me at my desk,’” she recalls, adding that a “Go Away!” doormat greeted her at his house. But her concerns were for nothing: “He was super nice.” To create this month’s cover, London-based illustrator Serge Seidlitz included real people and events from the issue. (Peep the Spooky Pooch Parade up top.) “I actually got…

1 min.
new faces

AMY CAVANAUGH joins Chicago as dining editor. She has been covering the scene for 13 years, most recently at Plate, a national magazine geared toward food industry professionals. Before that, she was the restaurant and bar editor and critic at Time Out Chicago. Her favorite guilty pleasure? “Taco in a Bag in Lincoln Square, especially after a few cocktails,” she says. “I get the cheeseburger one. It’s the flavor of a Big Mac in a bag of nachos.” Chicago’s new photo director, MICHAEL ZAJAKOWSKI, was previously an editor in the photo department at the Tribune, covering every desk except sports during his 20-year tenure. In January, he cofounded Prism Photo Workshop, a lecture and networking program for young photographers from diverse backgrounds. “Photography brings a lot of power to publications. When…

1 min.
talk to us

Not Your Average Bear He may not be the best QB in the league, but how can you disparage a guy who seems like he is obsessed with being great [“Mitch Trubisky Grows Up,” September]? Hard work pays off, and I think Tru is going to show us just how much hard work he has been doing. Jacyth via Reddit Good to see it’s possible for a quarterback to be in the cover article of a magazine without putting his foot in his mouth. Stan_Mikitas_Donuts via Reddit Anyone have a link to the vacuum cleaner? I want one now! dberge05 via Reddit NOT SORRY, MS. JACKSON My favorite quote from [“The Education of Janice Jackson,” September] is also a great lesson for all great leaders: “If name-calling bothers you, this isn’t the job for you.” @EMartinezEdD via Twitter PAINFUL…

1 min.
should the white sox leave chicago?

AS THE WHITE SOX WORK ON THEIR SEVENTH STRAIGHT LOSing season, in whatever they’re calling that ballpark at 35th and Wentworth these days, the team is practically giving away tickets. Currently, you can sit in the upper deck for $5, less than you’d pay to sit on the lawn at a Kane County Cougars game. Despite this, the Sox are drawing half as many fans as the Cubs, whose cheapest tickets cost more than twice as much. With the Sox so desperate for wins and attendance, it’s worth asking: Can Chicago still support two baseball teams? And if it can’t, would the White Sox be better off with a city of their own, instead of soldiering on in the ever-expanding shadow of the Cubs? At the beginning of the modern major-league era,…

1 min.

Where Beloved Chicago Chefs Eat Locally EVER WANTED TO KNOW YOUR favorite chef’s favorite restaurants? Our video series features Mark Steuer of Funkenhausen (pictured), Eddie Lee of Landbirds, and more. Check out the latest at chicagomag.com/lee. SEEN ON THE SCENE Every week, photographer Peter Ranvestel captures a hot new drinking destination, like Offshore (pictured), the world’s largest rooftop bar. Explore all 36,000 square feet at chicagomag.com/offshore. WEEKLY EMAIL NEWSLETTERS Want to keep up on all our latest coverage? Get guides to dining, culture, shopping, real estate, travel, health and wellness, current events, and more delivered to your inbox by signing up at chicagomag.com/newsletters. PHOTOGRAPHY: (WHITE SOX) NUCCIO DINUZZO/CHICAGO TRIBUNE; (OFFSHORE) PETER RANVESTEL…