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Chicago magazine May 2018

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First Look Inside Wrigleyville’s Luxe Hotel Zachary In March, the Ricketts family swung open the doors of its first hotel. Located on Clark Street across from the front entrance of Wrigley Field—once home to a parking lot and McDonald’s—the 173-room Hotel Zachary is the first full-scale hotel within half a mile of the ballpark. Ahead of its launch, we toured the space with Eric Nordness, senior vice president of the family’s real estate development company. The hotel, rising seven stories and spanning the full block from Addison to Patterson, commands a view. And it begins at street level with a row of new dining concepts, arranged back to back on Clark. Take the location out of the equation and you’ve still got comfortable, well-designed rooms that nail a modern-meets-historical residential style. Rates…

1 min.
to the letter

In the age of email, it’s rare to receive a handwritten letter. But in March, I got one from Danville Correctional Center that stopped me in my tracks. It was from an inmate who detailed his frustration with not receiving our December issue, which featured a cover story about the day, 30 years ago, that Mayor Harold Washington died. “I vividly remember that day,” he wrote. “I was a line cook and saw the news on the television above the bar. We all stopped working and cried.” A longtime subscriber, he had already written to our circulation department, twice, and was sent the wrong back issue. (Yikes.) He asked me if he was less important than other readers and ended by saying he felt like the title character in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTORS For their story that begins on page 106, Adeshina Emmanuel and Jake Malooley scored a coup: landing interviews with both Erin Bauer, the widow of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, and Shomari Legghette, the man accused of killing him. Emmanuel had planned to write about Legghette based on the accounts of his family and friends. But when he earned their confidence, a friend connected him with Legghette, who began calling Emmanuel from jail. “There was some mistrust of the media on his part, because he’s been portrayed as a thug,” says the writer. “But I wasn’t interested in proving him right or wrong. I was just seeking to understand him.” For Malooley, getting Erin Bauer to talk came down to good old-fashioned manners. When a fellow reporter told him the widow wasn’t…

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in chicago, april showers bring may…

ON THE CURRENT COMEDY CLIMATE Comedy has always been about pushing boundaries, but that’s impossible when you can’t make people feel uncomfortable, onstage or off [“How to Laugh in the #MeToo Era,” April]. The comics in this article talk about the physical antics of people like Louis C.K., but not the censorship of thought and speech for the most minor things. Remember when George W. Bush and the religious right tried to get Howard Stern kicked off the air? Now it’s the left censoring every little sexual thing. Alex1776 on Chicagomag.com Proud of Odinaka Ezeokoli not only for being featured but also for pushing back against someone who was trying to work in the #NotAllMen angle in a convo about patriarchy. @ItsMrLittle on Twitter ON CHICAGO’S NEW WAVE OF KETAMINE CLINICS Ketamine is not a “club-drug-turned-therapy”…

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“are your kids ok?”

The news was breaking less than a mile from my suburban Chicago home, yet I first heard it in a phone call from a colleague, an NBC producer in New York. “Are your kids OK?” “Yeah, they’re fine. Why?” “Didn’t you hear? Someone shot up a school in your town. You live in Winnetka, right?” The short conversation left me stunned—a shooting in a Winnetka school? There was no way. This was a town where a stolen bike was a big deal. I was sitting at my desk at a major Chicago media hub and, for a moment, was pretty convinced that I would have gotten any such news first. I assumed it was a misunderstanding. But whatever denial I had experienced was shattered a moment later as a co worker approached me: “You…

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the new dog park in town

The 1,400-square-foot high-def scoreboard is tied for the largest in the independent minors with the one at the St. Paul Saints’ field. All the better for watching the Dogs take on the Kansas City T-Bones, the Texas AirHogs, and the Wichita Wingnuts. A grass-level suite (capacity: about 50) under the left field concourse connects to the Dogs’ hitting cages, so you can channel your inner Kris Bryant during the game. (The pitch speed is adjustable, in case your swing is more T-ball than pro ball.) The same Kentucky bluegrass used at Wrigley will sprout from the outfield. Roger “the Sodfather” Bossard, the mastermind behind the lawns at the two big-league parks in town, designed the drainage and irrigation system. Fans can rent an open-air party deck behind home plate, with lounge furniture and…