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Chicago magazine February 2017

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in this issue

1 min.
fox’s bolling: chicago just needs a “good conservative mayor”

Chicago contributing writer Carol Felsenthal talked with Chicago native Eric Bolling, cohost of Fox News Channel’s The Five and a relentless advocate for Donald Trump. If Trump doesn’t adhere to his promise to build the Mexican wall, does it matter? You can’t have this much success based on the promise of the wall and then not do it. I’m in favor of him continuing the wall project. It’s also a good way to hire and employ a lot of people. Do you follow Chicago politics and read our newspapers? Not closely, no. I do follow when Chicago makes news for crime. I think what Chicago needs is a good conservative mayor. You have to embrace your law enforcement. They don’t seem to be doing that there. Read the rest of the interview at chicagomag.com/bolling. ON YOUR…

1 min.
spot check

In mid-2016, our team, at my urging, decided to focus January’s annual medical issue on cancer. So in November, as we were finalizing the stories, the topic was top of mind when I noticed a new mole on my thigh. I sent a picture of it to my dermatologist, Dr. Amy Taub. “Not bad but not good,” she texted back. Two weeks later, I had the mole removed, and a week after that, the verdict was in: stage 1 melanoma. Survival rates are nearly 100 percent when the disease is caught this early. But allowed to spread unchecked, it can turn deadly. We scheduled an appointment to remove a larger area. And by the time this issue comes out, my brush with cancer will likely be over. But it gave me pause:…

1 min.
inside peek

BEHIND THE STORY Graphic novelist Emil Ferris did some serious self-examination while illustrating her comeback from West Nile virus and encephalitis (page 78). “I’m used to building in some distance between myself and my work. This time, I didn’t create a metaphor. I just talked about what was funny or painful.” OUTTAKE Writer John Hardberger witnessed fan devotion firsthand while checking out the city’s underground Freelance Wrestling league (page 90). “I went to Mustafa Ali’s last indie match before he entered the WWE. At least a dozen people in the crowd were weeping.” CONTRIBUTOR While shooting the 50 best bars (page 57), photographer Nick Murway got a taste of Chicago’s 24/7 party scene. “We went into Rossi’s at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and it was packed with people singing and cutting loose.”…

1 min.
talk to us

ON COLUMBIA COLLEGE’S PLUNGING ENROLLMENT The article was great [“Columbia’s Identity Crisis,” January], but I think it unfairly paints Columbia as a school for the underaccomplished. @AbbyTebeau on Twitter I went to Columbia, graduated in less than four years, moved to L.A., busted my butt, and make a substantial salary in the field I love. But six years postgraduation, I’m still paying down student loan debt. While I loved my time [at Columbia], the first thing I learned working in Hollywood is that real-life experience is the only thing that matters. Ryan DePesa on Facebook ON BIG DATA IN CANCER RESEARCH I’m 91 years old, with prostate cancer for seven years. I’m hopeful for a day when I can have an innovative treatment, and I’m thankful to the researchers working on a molecular paradigm…

4 min.
outward bound

When Jessica Blumberg graduated magna cum laude from Warren Township High School in Gurnee, she had plenty of enviable options for where to go to college. For one, she got into the highly ranked engineering school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But in the end, she rebuffed her home state’s school and headed west, to the University of Iowa. Why? Iowa was a bargain. It offered a financial aid package that brought costs down to about $16,000 a year—20 percent less than she’d have paid at Illinois, even with instate tuition. “It was an easy decision because Iowa was so much cheaper,” says Blumberg, now a college junior. She and thousands of other students are following the money. Illinois is now the nation’s largest net exporter of freshmen to other…

2 min.
quirk appeal

Developers have never shied away from turning the remnants of Chicago’s past into residences. But there’s good news if you’re bored by yet another warehouse-turned-loft. Conversion treatments are now being found where they are less expected: A former Jewish orphanage in Wicker Park is now a single-family home. The old Sears store on Lawrence Avenue in Lincoln Square? It’s likely to become a 40-unit apartment building. Most impressively, a landmarked church at 2900 West Shakespeare Avenue in Logan Square reemerged in November as a 10-unit condo building. Other similar projects are in the works. The reason for repurposing instead of demolishing is simple: The quality of old construction often surpasses that of today’s standards. “Most of the brick structures that were built in the postfire era used high-quality materials such as…