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Chicago magazine March 2016

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on chicagomag.com

Remembering Lois Weisberg Chicago lost a titan in January with the passing of Lois Weisberg, 90, the city’s commissioner of cultural affairs for more than two decades. Weisberg was an irrepressible force, conceiving and rolling out one idea after another, including the transformation of the old Chicago Public Library into the Chicago Cultural Center, live music festivals downtown, and Cows on Parade. Her network was so legendary that in his influential book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell used Weisberg to embody the principle of six degrees of separation. “Lois knows lots of people,” Gladwell wrote, “because she likes lots of people. And all those people Lois knows and likes invariably like her, too.” Read more about Weisberg’s incredible career atchicagomag.com/weisberg. ON YOUR TABLET Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices free. Get…

1 min.
history lesson

As I write this, my colleagues and I are packing up for a move—the fifth, I’m told, in this magazine’s 45-year history—from River North to new digs in River West. Among the artifacts emerging from our offices: bizarre bottles of booze (New Orleans–brewed camellia wine, anyone?), an ancient typewriter (I’m looking at you, Penny Pollack), and a book I had never seen before: Chicago Magazine’s Guide to Chicago, circa 1983. The yellowing 437-page paperback, written by the magazine’s editors, is a time capsule if ever there was one. For example, it calls Wicker Park “terra incognita to most tourists, suburbanites, and lakefront sophisticates.” And it warns that the Near West Side (a.k.a. the West Loop) is a “ghost town” at night: “The scene is remarkable only for its sordidness.” Granted, many neighborhoods…

1 min.
inside peek

CONTRIBUTORS Jamie Hibdon (left) and Darryl Holliday, an artist-and-writer team at Illustrated Press, tackle the activist group Black Youth Project 100 in their unique style (page 86). “We basically make journalism into comics,” says Holliday. “It’s a new way to tell stories.” BEHIND THE SHOOT Photo director Martha Williams flirted with danger for Chicago’s spring fashion shoot at the Garfield Park Conservatory (page 92). Her adversary? The poisonous, mouth-numbing plant dieffenbachia. (She’s holding up that stalk behind the models on page 98.) Says Chicago design director Kathy Shady: “The foreman told us, ‘If you want somebody to go mute, have them lick their hands after touching this.’ ” ARTIFACTS Though he agreed to bring these bad boys along to his Power 50 photo shoot (page 73), Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz ultimately declined to pose with…

1 min.
talk to us

ON CHICAGO’S ELITE YELPERS These people are a funny bunch [“The Rise of the Yelpers,” February]. Almost all are obsessed with food, and they’re cliquey and rude on the talk pages. I think they were picked on through high school and Yelping is their revenge. lily on Chicagomag.com ON TENNIS GURU KAMAU MURRAY How about building a facility to teach children a trade so they get a good union job [“Can Kamau Murray Build the Next Serena?,” February]? Not freaking tennis. A nice gesture, but a complete waste of money. Thomas Cook on Facebook ON THE OLD MAIN POST OFFICE Remove the strict historical status for this building [“(Not So) Posthaste,” February] and let someone turn it into the coolest apartment building in Chicago. The last guy who bought it tried but couldn’t get anywhere with the…

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final verdict

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month When the media drill you about your slow response to this city’s most infamous police shooting since the death of Fred Hampton, when hundreds of protesters amass on Michigan Avenue in part to call for you to step down, when your party has taken the unusual step of endorsing another candidate, it might seem safe to assume you’ll be toast in the next election—especially when that election is imminent. But politics is a funny thing, and a lot can happen on the way from the protest rally to the voting booth. It’s not inconceivable that Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who has remained defiant, might survive the March 15 Democratic primary. As is often the case, it could…

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millionaires’ market

Sellers looking to unload high-end houses in 2015 found an eager audience: The number of $1 million–plus singlefamily homes sold in the metro area rose a healthy 10.5 percent from 2014 to 1,837, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. Sales for high-end condos weren’t as hot, increasing only 1.8 percent. Still, 2015’s top deal was a Park Tower condo that set a record for the most expensive residential property ever sold within city limits. 1 $18.8 MILLION RIVER NORTH This 8,400-square-foot wonder, sold in April by real estate magnate Bob Buford, doesn’t have a buyer’s name on the deed, but it can be traced to an associate of Star Wars creator George Lucas. Conjecture that Lucas is behind the purchase hasn’t been confirmed. But 65 floors up at the Park Tower is about…