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Chicago magazine May 2020

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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1 min.
about this issue

AS I WRITE THIS, I’M SITTING ON THE FLOOR OF MY LIVING ROOM, LAPTOP perched on my coffee table, trying to adapt to the new normal created by COVID-19. Our staff’s last day in the office was March 11. That morning, we were alerted that an employee at another company in our building had tested positive for the coronavirus. We huddled to quickly figure out how we would put out this issue with everyone working from home. We wound up throwing out much of what we had been working on, partly by necessity, but mostly because it just didn’t feel right anymore. Within hours, we had assigned a photo essay featuring the eerily vacant venues of events that had been canceled or postponed (page 52). We adjusted some stories, like refocusing…

1 min.
power shift

IN CONDUCTING OUR FIRST power ranking exclusively of women (page 62), we reached out to our network of writers, sources, and others in the know to find out who in this city really has the influence to get things done. We winnowed down a list of more than 200 nominees and commissioned photographer Clarissa Bonet to shoot portraits of five of the women who made the top 50. But then, like everyone else in the world, we were thrown a curveball called coronavirus. Watching contenders for this list rise to the demands of the crisis, or be given additional authority because of it, caused us to rethink some of the positioning. The pandemic also got us to reexamine what power really means. It’s not just the ability to open doors.…

2 min.
readers bark back

Jason Schott via Facebook “Best New Restaurants,” “Why This Is the Year to Become a Sox Fan,” “Where to Get Stuff Fixed.” The April issue feels like an artifact from an alternate timeline. Headlines from a world that’s already gone.@chrisdilts via Twitter Cats urinating outside the litter-box for behavioral reasons is not “incontinence.” And to suggest that your readers should contact an “animal spirit talker” to resolve such issues may lead to extended suffering for their pet. In another of your articles, veterinarian Barb Royal recommends feeding fresh raw food to dogs. But raw meat-based food may contain high bacteria counts and parasites harmful not only to your pet but to your family. Dr. Royal also recommends washing your pet with Murphy Oil Soap. It contains potassium hydroxide, which can irritate eyes…

1 min.
the dawn of the yuppie

Forty years ago, when Chicago was transitioning from blue collar to white collar, the media trumpeted the influx of young urban professionals who had come to fill the jobs. In his May 1980 Chicago story “About That Urban Renaissance…,” Dan Rottenberg was the first to describe this demographic as “yuppies” in print. He tried to temper claims that the shift was saving Chicago from the ruin of other manufacturing cities like Detroit. Between 1970 and 1975 alone, the number of white households in Chicago with children dropped from 488,000 to 447,000, a loss of 41,000 households and the biggest drop in any category of the Census Bureau’s housing survey. Nevertheless, the arrival of the Yuppies was the first spontaneous evidence of new urban life in 30 years, and so the “urban…

1 min.
best home activity pics

@lmkdelights With the shelter-in-place order in effect, River North’s Lauren Niimi and her three boys had run out of activities — that is, until her youngest suggested they make fortune cookies. The first few batches weren’t so successful, says Niimi, but “we became experts.” What did the fortunes portend? One said, aptly, “You will grow a beard.” WE ALSO LOVED… @miche11e.no1an NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of going outside on Instagram by June 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the August issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

1 min.
talking points

1 Allison Arwady, head of the city’s public health department, is the people’s doctor. Experienced with infectious diseases and measured, she’s drawing legions of followers to her daily #AskDrArwady Q&As. 2 There were 585 cases in Illinois, 411 in Cook County, before Pritzker or Lightfoot thought to issue a shelter-in-place order. The number of cases in Oak Park before Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb instituted it there: one. 3 ASL interpreter Michael Albert is who we all want to watch at Pritzker’s press briefings. While every other public official stands deadpan, Albert dynamically emotes, bringing humanity to each dire update. 4 If Chicagoans were confused about why their “precious liberty” was taken, Emily Landon, chief infectious disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine, issued a rude awakening: This time, it’s not all about you.…