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Chicago magazine December 2018

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walk like a chicagoan

WHENEVER I MEET A RECENT TRANSPLANT TO CHICAGO, I GIVE them the same piece of advice: To get through the colder months, you need a coat for every temperature range. There’s the trench coat (ideal for days in the 60s or when it’s rainy), the wool coat (40s and 50s), the puffy (20s and 30s). And then there are the days that you need something arctic level. For a long time, I didn’t have the last category covered. (For one thing, a proper winter coat is an investment.) But that changed about a year ago. My main mode of transportation is walking. I haven’t owned a car in ages. Until recently, my commute to work was just a few blocks, but the final stretch was a rickety bridge over the Chicago…

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blago busters

WHY DID FBI AGENTS DANIEL CAIN AND Patrick Murphy wait 10 years to offer their inside account of Rod Blagojevich’s arrest (page 76)? “We really couldn’t go public with much of anything until after Blagojevich exhausted his appeals,” Murphy says. That happened in April. The two are considering writing a book that would show the investigation’s full scope. Today, Cain, 60, is retired (“helping grandchildren with homework and fundraisers at school”), and Murphy, 57, is managing director of investigations at Prescient, a Chicago-based corporate intelligence and security firm. “I enjoy what I do now,” he says, “but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss the satisfaction of public service.” Illustrator Kathryn Rathke creates line portraits for Backroom each issue and animates them for our website. “I hope for…

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carrie’s fan club

The “Chicago” qualifier is superfluous [“Please Don’t Take Carrie Coon Too Seriously,” October]. Soon “of her generation” will seem silly, and eventually “actress,” as opposed to merely “actor,” will too. @jackcharlt via Twitter I’m starting a cult devoted to Carrie Coon. @holbolrob via Twitter This profile made me want to run around Manhattan with Carrie Coon, with a leopard. @jamesfinngarner via Twitter BATTLE OF THE BREWS Nothing from Dovetail — that’s a major omission [“Craft Kings,” October]. This list reads like someone who hasn’t tried a new local beer in the past five years. smudgyblurs via Reddit No Marz? List invalidated. @onlineandnice via Twitter THEORY VS. PRACTICE Eve Ewing [“Deconstructing a CPS Tragedy,” October] positions the school closures within the context of public housing closures, depopulation, and broader institutional racism, but she never makes a convincing case for why the closures were…

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making a monster

One of the first cases the U.S. brought against an alleged Nazi war criminal was that of Frank Walus, a retired Chicago autoworker. Held here in 1978, the trial stirred massive interest and sensational coverage. “Nazi Jew Killer Living on SW Side?” asked a Chicago Daily News headline. In the courtroom, 12 witnesses recounted stories of Walus brutally murdering civilians in occupied Poland as a member of the Gestapo. Walus countered that he was a forced farm laborer in Germany during the war and produced corroborating testimony. The judge found Walus guilty and revoked his citizenship. The adjudication, though, wrote Lowell Komie in his 1978 Chicago story “The United States of America v. Frank Walus,” had little to do with Walus. The defendant took on almost a demonic quality, but the trial…

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your best river photos

Winner! @nazifa.virani Architect Nazifa Virani says she usually waits until a space is unoccupied to shoot it, but not for this snap from January. “This was a rare instance when I pulled out my phone to applaud the determination of Riverwalk pedestrians in single-digit temperatures.” WE ALSO LOVED … @patrickryanzero @genevafrank20 @tinetinetinep @jk_urban NEXT CONTEST Post your coziest spot on Instagram by December 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the February issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

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talking points

1 The documentary Say Her Name, about Sandra Bland, premieres Dec. 3 on HBO. Oscar-nominated directors Kate Davis and David Heilbroner follow the Chicago native’s family as they pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. 2 Sue the T. rex debuts in her new space at the Field Museum on Dec. 21, having been evicted from the main hall by Maximo the titanosaur. Like many a starlet in hiding, Sue had some work done: She now has better posture and a more accurately shaped belly. 3 Sabatino’s, an Old Irving Park institution for 49 years, closes Dec. 23. Eat your feelings with an order of chicken Vesuvio, then bananas Foster flambéed tableside. 4 At year’s end, Wrigleyville will junk its flirtation with jacking up street parking prices by $2 an hour on Cubs game days.…