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Chicago magazine November 2019

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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chicago magazine

EDITOR IN CHIEF AND PUBLISHER Susanna Homan EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE EDITOR Terrance Noland DESIGN DIRECTOR Katherine Bryja Shady FEATURES EDITOR David McAninch SENIOR WRITER Bryan Smith SENIOR EDITORS Tal Rosenberg, Lauren Williamson DINING EDITOR Amy Cavanaugh ASSISTANT EDITOR Phoebe Mogharei CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Bazer, Rachel Bertsche, Tom Chiarella, Ted C. Fishman, Nina Kokotas Hahn, John Kessler, Edward McClelland, Heidi Mitchell, Mike Thomas, Bill Zehme CHIEF CONTRIBUTING DINING CRITIC Jeff Ruby CONTRIBUTING CULTURE CRITICS Meaghan Garvey, Graham Meyer, Taylor Moore, Kris Vire, Claire Voon, Lauren Warnecke CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITORS Robert Loerzel, Amy Schroeder EDITORIAL INTERNS Emma Jackson, Malvika Jolly, Tyra Nicole Triche SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR Matt Pollock ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR Hannah Edgar DIGITAL PRODUCER Lynette Smith SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO EDITOR DS Shin DEPUTY DESIGN DIRECTOR Emily Johnson PHOTO DIRECTOR Michael Zajakowski ART DIRECTOR Jessica Sedgwick CONTRIBUTING DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST Andrew Davis CONTRIBUTING PHOTO ASSISTANT Patrick Crowley PREPRESS/DESIGN MANAGER Tom Kadzielawski PRODUCTION SPECIALIST Julie Szamlewski GRAPHIC DESIGNER Haleigh Castino ADVERTISING ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Megan Holbrook OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Diana Vdovets SENIOR ACCOUNT…

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now and zen

I WAS RAISED IN A GREEK ORTHODOX HOUSEHOLD, AND MY parents believed church on Sundays was mandatory. For 90 minutes every week, I’d sit through the Divine Liturgy, repeated verbatim and much of it in Greek — unless it was a week when the service was even longer because a saint or a holiday was being commemorated. Once I left home, I became one of those people who avoided church. But as I grew older, I found myself craving the familiarity of the hymns and prayers I had heard so many times that I could recite them all by heart. I began attending a church near my home, trying to reacquaint myself with something that resonated so deeply within me. So when we began working on our first-ever guide to finding your…

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call of the wild

PHOTOGRAPHING ANIMALS’ MEAL-times at the Shedd Aquarium (page 76) presented unique challenges for Clayton Hauck. Case in point: He tried to shoot a red-tailed hawk in the oceanarium, but trainers have to close the curtains to minimize distractions. The birds wouldn’t eat under Hauck’s lighting, so the operation moved outside to an enclosed run. “Sometimes the wild birds will taunt the birds of prey that are in the cage because they know they can’t get out,” Hauck says he was told. Maybe it’s jealousy — you just don’t get catered mice out in nature. Peter Sagal is the master of quips on his NPR game show, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! But he explores darker material in writing about overcoming his marital-breakup depression (page 109). “What I want to tell…

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transplant marathon

victorkiloalpha via Reddit I lose sight of it because I work at this hospital, but this story — and these patients — are truly amazing. @woodtang via Twitter BEHIND A FAMILIAR FACE Monday evening, after I read this article, I walked by the ABC studios and he waved hello [“The Alan Krashesky Story You Won’t Hear at 10,” October]. So nice! @coco_and_peach_jewelry via Instagram SWEET SURRENDER A guy I knew in high school referred to a Green River float as “atomic” [“Pop Culture,” September]. He wasn’t wrong. My fondness for diabetes-inducing lime flavor has waned but I’ll always appreciate Green River. @beth4158 via Twitter My dad loved Green River as a kid so I tracked some down. When he took that sip it was like I saw my dad as a 10-year-old. failedstarlet via Reddit Tastes strange but…

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a quest for answers

For most of his life, longtime Naperville resident Isaac Levendel had no idea what had happened to his mother, Sarah, after she disappeared from where they were living in rural France in 1944, when he was 7. They were both registered Jews under the Nazi-collaborating Vichy regime, so he assumed the worst. But it would be 46 years until Levendel felt ready to hunt for the details. His effort pulled at the heartstrings of one French bureaucrat, who admitted to him that Veterans’ Affairs had in its archives World War II–era records of Jews marked for arrest, including a card for his mother. But since they were racial records, they were illegal under French law and, therefore, did not officially exist, as Peter Hellman wrote in his 1994 Chicago story…

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your best city lights photos

Chicago Virtual Charter School teacher Christine Pejoski took this shot from the top of a friend’s apartment building downtown. Pejoski never tires of shooting the iconic skyscrapers in the Loop — in fact, her Instagram page is bursting with photos of them. She says they evoke the wonder she felt as a kid taking the train into the city from Valparaiso, Indiana, where she grew up. Now, she says, “I walk miles and miles through the streets, looking for inspiration.” WE ALSO LOVED … NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of brunch on Instagram by November 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the January issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…