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Chicago magazine July 2015

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connect with us online chica gomag.com

“I think that there will have to be a dedicated revenue source to fully fund our pensions, whether that comes from expansion of sales tax, casino, property tax. Or all of the above.” —City treasurer Kurt Summers on how Chicago can avoid bankruptcy Read the Q&A at chicagomag.com/summers. FULL DINING LISTINGS ON YOUR TA BLET! Find all of our dining critics’ carefully curated restaurant recommendations, sorted by location, in our tablet apps at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES ON YOUR TA BLET! Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices. Get them free at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicago mag.com/android. In episode 20 of Inside Chicago’s Best Restaurants, chef Kevin Hickey makes the Duck Inn’s signature rotisserie duck. Watch at chicagomag.com/duckinn. Follow Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Search for “Chicago mag” to find our…

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worst of times

Despite the upbeat cover story, as Chicago’s editors were putting this magazine to bed, we started joking that it should be called the Disaster Issue. For fate had delivered several important events and anniversaries involving loss of life that cried out for a closer look in our pages. Take the recent deadly train derailment in Philadelphia: According to Amtrak’s CEO, besides the Northeast Corridor, the area most vulnerable to track-related trouble is Chicago (see associate editor Whet Moser’s take on page 15). This month also marks the 100th anniversary of the capsizing of the SS Eastland on the Chicago River, which killed 844 people (see page 22), making it the deadliest disaster in city history. The second deadliest? The heat wave of July 1995, which killed 739 people, mostly elderly. An oral…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR “Nearly everyone I spoke with— first responders, morgue workers— remembered everything down to the last detail,” says Mike Thomas, who interviewed 26 people for his oral history of the 1995 heat wave (see page 68). “They had never seen anything like this.” The former Chicago Sun-Times reporter’s latest book, You Might Remember Me, is about comedian Phil Hartman. BEHIND THE SHOOT To create the image that opens “Heat Wave” (page 68), husband-and-wife photographers Adam Voorhes and Robin Finlay sacrificed six thermometers. “We wrapped them up in leather, then smashed the tip with a hammer,” says Finlay. They lit bamboo skewers for smoke and came up with a combo of corn syrup and food coloring to stand in for mercury. (“It’s thick enough to style and stays in place,” Finlay explains.) Their work…

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could it happen here?

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month When a speeding Amtrak train jumped the tracks in Philadelphia in May, killing eight people, news of the crash sent chills through many Chicagoans. Just a few months earlier, Amtrak’s CEO had warned that “investments must be made in the tracks, tunnels, bridges, and other infrastructure . . . particularly on the Northeast Corridor and in Chicago.” Could a deadly passenger train derailment occur here too? One already has. On a Saturday morning in September 2005, a Metra train heading north on the Rock Island line to the LaSalle Street station careened off the rails near 47th Street. Like the crashed Amtrak train, it had been zooming far faster than the speed limit (69 mph on a 10…

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what does it feel like to get gored by a bull?

“It was surprisingly painless. The sensation was like a pinprick on my inner thigh. As the bull lifted me in the air, it was like I was floating. I started saying to myself that I wasn’t gored, that I’m fine. Then he gathered himself and stood back up, and I came off the horn and fell onto my back. Then he gored me again, under the knee. He seethed, and his horn that was inside my body vibrated and resonated. He looked me right in the eye. I guess he decided to leave me alone, have mercy on me, because he just vanished. The whole thing lasted less than three seconds, but it felt like an eternity. My thigh was this huge bubble, and in the middle of it was…

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suburbs 2.0

In April, after six years in Lincoln Park, computer scientist Brad Blumenthal and his wife packed up for the burbs. But the couple, both in their mid-50s, didn’t want to leave city life behind entirely. So they bought a snug house in Skokie, part of a development on Floral Avenue within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the Oakton el stop. Built on 28-foot-wide lots, half the typical size for the area, these houses run as small as 1,800 square feet. “We’re aware of the health and economic benefits of compact development,” Blumenthal says. “To me, this is old urbanism rediscovered.” New urbanism—the movement toward small lots, walkable villages, and eclectic houses that mimic the organic mix of cities—has been around for decades. Just look at the list of “walkable urban…