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Chicago magazine February 2020

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United States
Chicagoland Publishing Company
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
we are chicago

LATER THIS YEAR, CHICAGO WILL CELEBRATE ITS 50TH ANNIversary, and that milestone means my team and I have spent a lot of time discussing what our mandate is in the current age. We believe our role is to chronicle the wide range of topics that affect Chicagoans, from stories that help you get the most out of life to those that tackle tougher problems. This month’s mix of features generated some internal debate — specifically, whether they belonged in the same issue. Our cover story, “How to Shop Like a Chef,” is a delicious dive into the booming gourmet grocery scene. In the story right after it, we tag along in the überglamorous realm of celebrity stylist (and born-and-bred Chicagoan) Law Roach, who has become one of the most influential figures…

1 min.
a note on notes

FOR HIS EAVESDROPPING CHRONICLES (page 80), Tom Chiarella took a visual approach to note taking to help cue his memory. The former Esquire writer decided against carrying a directional mic or a voice recorder because it would “violate the pact of eavesdropping,” he says. “I’m just using my head: my brain and my eyes and my ears. People don’t have to talk that loud. But they do.” His article was inspired by similar ones for Chicago by Judith Wax, who was the subject of our 2019 story “The Ghosts of Flight 191,” about the 1979 plane crash that killed her and 270 others. You can find Meaghan Garvey’s byline each month in the Go listings (she covers music). But her story on celebrity stylist Law Roach (page 72) is her first…

2 min.
the high life

Andrew Loferski via Facebook One hundred and twenty dollars for a rolling tray?! Where’s a double album when you need one? Beth Lessick via Facebook I have no interest in getting high, yet I have supported decriminalization of cannabis for three decades as sound public policy. It’s better for the state to offer treatment than to incarcerate users in a failed war on drugs. Russell Kirk Imoto via Facebook I’ll stick with huffing spray paint. Less harmful in the long run. Yona Stabone via Facebook So sad that my kid has to grow up in a society that tells her there’s nothing wrong with altering your personality with drugs. Evelyn Mendoza via Facebook Can you still buy a dime bag out of Pookie’s window? Wendy Fry via Facebook STRATFORD SQUARE IN TURNAROUND Sad [“Reinventing the Mall,” January]! I remember when Lustig Jewelers…

1 min.
the notorious jerry b

For a time, if you were at any high-society event around Chicago, you probably saw Jerry Berliant. He’d pop up in Super Bowl suites, too, and even at the Oscars. Who was he? Not some mysterious billionaire or celebrity of any conventional sort. Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse once described him as the “world’s greatest gate crasher” — a man with an unusual talent for sneaking into exclusive places with tight security. Berliant had an abundance of free time for his hobby, having been convicted of tax fraud as part of Operation Greylord, the FBI probe into corruption in Cook County’s judicial system, and disbarred. Ted Allen took the first real stab at figuring him out for the 1995 Chicago story “Anybody’s Guest.” Berliant has never been fully profiled, and at first…

1 min.
your best comfort food photos

@midwestmunchers Wisconsin food bloggers Jordan Durst and Mike DeCello recently had a chance to try Au Cheval’s signature item with no wait—albeit at 11 a.m. “We were like, There’s no way we should get a giant cheeseburger for breakfast,” says Durst. “But it was so good.” WE ALSO LOVED … @m.creations.chicago @jessicakaplan photography @chicagofoodguru @latenightlobster NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of doughnuts on Instagram by February 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the April issue and will receive a free one-year subscription.…

1 min.
talking points

1 Talk about a glow-up: WXRT ditched morning news anchor Mary Dixon in December. This month she takes over as WBEZ’s local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. 2 Koval opens its expanded tasting room (40,000 square feet of booze and snacks) in Ravenswood. Come for the whiskey, stay for the gin. 3 The Venn diagram of antenna loyalists and Cubs die-hards will split when the team’s new TV home, Marquee Sports Network, launches Feb. 22. But whether all cable providers will get onboard is TBD. 4 Martin Luther King Jr. and Viola Davis walk into a museum, sort of. A virtual reality rendering of King is the centerpiece of a new Time exhibit about the March on Washington (executive produced by Davis), opening Feb. 28 at the DuSable Museum of African American History.…