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Chicago magazine March 2018

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
why field notes have remained curiously addictive for a decade

Chicago-based Coudal Partners once handled advertising and branding for such clients as Lettuce Entertain You, the White Sox, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Its website is a portal to some of the most idiosyncratic design projects on the web, from schematic railway maps to explanations of how the earth’s curvature affects road grids. But nowadays, Coudal’s business is based mostly on a small, simple product that is recognized the world over: Field Notes. Created 10 years ago by Aaron Draplin for his holiday gifts, the slim paper-bag-brown notebooks were inspired by the pragmatism of Midwestern design—specifically, by the no-nonsense lettering on the side of cardboard boxes and by farm signs advertising the variety of seed grown in a field. From there, an empire was built. Field Notes has become…

1 min.
a city of surprises

On a recent Tuesday, I had an appointment to talk to the priest at my church, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a fixture on the Near North Side for more than a century. When my cab pulled up, I saw a long line of people winding around the building. “What’s going on?” I asked Father Stamatios Sfikas. “Every other Tuesday we feed the homeless,” he explained, adding that all the churches in the diocese had been assigned a date to provide food and volunteers for the effort. The practice was established 38 years ago by Metropolitan Iakovos, the diocese’s leader until his death last June. I’ve been a member of Annunciation for four years, and until that day I hadn’t realized what my own church was doing. I was thunderstruck that this act…

1 min.
inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR Illustrator Kristi O’Meara knows a thing or two about patterns. She once authored a book called The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs. So she was the perfect person to craft the background prints in our spring fashion feature (page 104). “I tried to pull colors and motifs directly from the clothing,” says O’Meara, a West Town resident who designs apparel textiles herself. “The advancement in print technology has given designers so much more freedom. For these I used Photoshop, pulling graphics from the garments themselves.” NEW HIRES Tal Rosenberg joins Chicago as senior editor, overseeing culture coverage, after four years on the Reader’s website and another two editing its culture section. “I feel like I spent six years in a submarine,” he says of pivoting from the fast-paced…

1 min.
talk to us

ON CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY DONNA ROTUNNO Ah, yes … just what our times are calling for: an article [“The Defender,” February] written by a man about an attractive female criminal defense attorney who fights for men accused of sexual assault who are, like, totally against it because they have daughters and stuff. @bri_hack on Twitter As the executive director of the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, a legal aid agency mentioned in Bryan Smith’s article, I’d like to express my disappointment that your magazine chose to publish a lengthy piece on sexual assault without (apparently) consulting a single survivor, including our client, whose order-of-protection hearing was portrayed in the article. The article omits important facts about her case that the author almost certainly observed, as well as historical context he could have obtained through…

5 min.
olmsted vs. obama

Rising above the north end of Jackson Park, the Museum of Science and Industry presides as the only major surviving building from Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Frederick Law Olmsted, the great landscape architect who designed the site of the fair, declared that it should forever be the “dominating object of interest” in the park. Well, it’s not quite forever, but it has been 125 years. Now designers of the Obama Presidential Center want to build a 235-foot tower that would dwarf the museum and draw hordes of visitors to the serene green space around it. Various groups have been plenty stirred up about different aspects of the Obama Foundation’s plans: The center won’t drive enough economic development to the nearby Woodlawn neighborhood. Street closures will create too much congestion. Birds…

3 min.
the biggest deal

It looked like a ho-hum year for luxury real estate. Nearly all the most expensive houses that sold dragged on the market for months and went for well below the original asking prices. And then, in early January, a shock: News broke that the richest man in Illinois, Ken Griffin, had quietly laid out an extraordinary $58.75 million in November for the top four floors at 9 West Walton Street—the biggest residential real estate deal in the metro area ever, by a wide margin. Here’s a peek at that and the rest of the top 10 sales in 2017. 1 $58.75 million 9 W. Walton St. The units that Citadel CEO Ken Griffin scooped up—totaling more than 25,000 square feet—are still unfinished. So it’s anyone’s guess how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and grand salons…