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Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine December 2019

Since 1970, readers have turned to Chicago magazine for expertise on Chicago’s dining, shopping, and entertainment scenes, as well as for award-winning reporting on the key people and issues in the city. Get your digital subscription to Chicago magazine today.

United States
Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues


2 min.
meet osteria del mercato

At Osteria del Mercato, the market is your menu. Diners will have the opportunity to select high-quality products from the most beloved parts of Eataly’s market counters, including La Macelleria (butcher) and La Pescheria (fishmonger) to enjoy at the table! STRAIGHT FROM THE MARKET The menu represents Eataly’s fresh market counters — the highest quality cured meats and cheeses from our Salumi & Formaggi counter, humanely-raised and sustainable meat from La Macelleria, sustainable and traceable fresh-caught fish from La Pescheria, and housemade fresh pasta — and highlights seasonal recommendations with ingredients from Italian and local producers. Guests are also encouraged to visit Eataly’s fresh counters and handpick cuts of meat and seafood. Once you choose your cut, Eataly chefs will prepare it simply with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. TASTE PIZZA…

1 min.
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, Ariana Portalatin, 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…

1 min.
the face expert

Dr. Anthony Geroulis For the last 34 years, Dr. Anthony Geroulis has focused solely on facial cosmetic surgery. His skilled hands combined with his artistic ability allow him to give his patients exactly what they ask for – natural looking and long-lasting results that are specific and unique to each individual. Whether your concern is excess skin of the upper eyelids, puffiness in the under eyes, jowls, loose neck skin, undesired nose shape, recessed chin, or any other facial concerns, Dr. Anthony Geroulis has a solution. Join us for a comprehensive consultation and see what the Face Expert recommends for you. Your face, his expertise. Anthony Geroulis, MD, FICS Board Certified - American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Clinical Professor, University of Chicago Medical School Top Doctor in U.S. News and World Reports NORTHSHORE: NORTHFIELD NORTHWEST SUBURBS: ST.…

1 min.
plot twist

IN THE SPRING OF 2002, WHILE WORKING AS A NIGHTLIFE columnist for the Sun-Times, I was invited to the red carpet premiere of Stolen Summer, a film written by Chicago’s Project Greenlight winner Pete Jones and coproduced by Matt Damon, who attended the event alongside stars Aidan Quinn and Bonnie Hunt. I recall asking an organizer if any similar happenings were coming up. Her response? The local film industry had so dried up that there hadn’t been a major premiere in Chicago since 1991’s Backdraft. A few months later State Street Pictures released Barbershop, but while Chicago saw the occasional film and TV project, things didn’t pick up steam until Illinois passed the film tax credit act in 2008, laying the groundwork for Cinespace, the subject of our cover story (page…

1 min.
final exam

DAVE KASNIC, WHOSE PHOTOGRAPHY has appeared in publications like Bon Appétit and the New Yorker, shot “Chicagoans of the Year” (page 74), and one honoree held particular significance: Dawoud Bey, his former professor at Columbia College. “I never got the feeling that Dawoud was all that interested in my artwork during school. He was fairly tough on me,” Kasnic says. “Him sending me a note after the shoot saying he had fun was meaningful to me because I had never known, like, what do you actually think of me?” In this issue, celebrity fashion stylist Marcellas Reynolds details his childhood abuse publicly for the first time (page 59). “It’s almost therapeutic,” he says. “Secrets become cancerous. Now I feel freer than I have in a really long time.” His book Supreme…

2 min.
portrait of a big personality

GiuseppeZangara via Reddit An exquisite profile of a vulgar rich man. @KathleenMRooney via Twitter Most interesting? Most vacuous, perhaps. Brian Kelley via Facebook PIZZA YOUR MIND While the rest of the world debates if pineapple belongs on a pizza, here in Chicago we can discuss if raspberry jam and shishito peppers should ever be placed on a pizza crust [“The Best Pizza in Town,” November]. Doc_Dante via Reddit The most interesting thing about this article is it’s a long list that leaves out Piece, Pequod’s, and Vito & Nick’s — which on most lists would be in the top five. petmoo23 via Reddit The pretentious recipes and predictable locations were redeemed somewhat by the inclusion of Rosangela’s, the excellent and lonely entrant from the South Side. John F. Bramfeld via Chicagomag.com Labriola is underrated for deep dish. Glad to see…