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Chicago magazine November 2015

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“If you ask anyone if they’re prorape, who’s going to say yes? But then you look into how all of this stuff works, on more subtle and insidious levels.” —Kate Harding, author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It Read the full interview at chicagomag.com/harding. BEST BRUNCH SPOTS YOUR WEEKLY GUIDE Need a recommendation for where to eat this weekend? Our dining critics’ carefully curated brunch reviews—based on service, vibe, food, and drinks—are all available at chicagomag.com/brunch. DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES ON YOUR TABLET! Print subscribers can download the magazine’s editions for iPad and Android devices free. Get them at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. In episode 1 of Inside Chicago’s Best Theater, see Larry Yando perform a scene from The Tempest. Watch at chicagomag.com/tempest. Follow Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.…

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ahead of his time

Great architecture is great art. That statement may sound as uncontroversial as it gets. In fact, it was a significant topic of conversation at September’s Chicago Culture Festival, where upand-coming artist-architect Amanda Williams showed slides of her powerful work (see awgallery.com). But read “Man Out of Time” by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams (page 84), and you’ll be shocked to see how new Chicagoans’ embrace of this concept actually is. As recently as the 1970s, city leaders thoughtlessly allowed the razing of irreplaceable treasures: the work of groundbreaking architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. A lone voice—that of an ordinary Chicago photographer who fervently believed that great architecture and great art are one and the same—wasn’t afraid to shout from the rooftops that the destruction had to stop. Tragically, Richard Nickel was…

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inside peek

BEHIND THE STORY To capture the spirit of Pembroke, a rural, poverty-stricken town 50 miles south of Chicago (see page 102), executive editor Terrance Noland commissioned novelist Scott Blackwood. “He has such a great sense of place and character,” says Noland of Blackwood, whose last book, See How Small, focused on a Texas city reeling from the aftermath of some ghastly murders. To create the opening image, photo director Martha Williams enlisted Jason Reblando. He used tintype, a 19thcentury process that requires exposures of five to 30 seconds, a mobile darkroom, and development of the photos within 15 minutes. “It’s very temperamental,” says Reblando. “But it’s a fun challenge.” CONTRIBUTOR A Fortune magazine editor for 10 years, Lee Clifford wrote Chicago’s guide to the best local charities (see page 94). It’s a world…

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talk to us

ON A CUBS ICON A great read [“The Last Years of Ernie Banks,” October]. Ron Rapoport makes Ernie a little more three-dimensional. Sad, profound, and wonderfully written. Rick Kaempfer on Twitter Well done. Although the familiar sugarcoated narrative will persist, [Rapoport’s] insight delivers the human being inside the icon. Alzo onChicagomag.com As sad as this is, at least it makes Ernie human and reminds us he’s not a caricature or a cartoon. Now excuse me while I go cry in the bathroom for a minute. getdatgoat on Reddit ON DENIS HASTERT Excellent article [“Small Town, Big Secret?,” October]. This type of scandal has been going on in education for generations. The shame is that we do not appear to be any better at educating our youth against institutional sexual predation. Elis Regina onChicagomag.com CORRECTION La Palette, at the Ed Paschke Art…

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mr. fix-it

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month How does someone with no background in education run Chicago Public Schools? I view the role just as I viewed it when I ran the parks and the CTA. It’s a management challenge. You hire the very best people you can find in specialized areas. Is this the toughest assignment you’ve had? No question. The academic portion of the district is moving in the right direction— higher test scores, higher graduation rates, fewer dropouts, more college attendees, more college graduates. But we have to address the fiscal crisis head-on so we can concentrate on what really matters: the learning and success of our kids. The CPS budget includes $480 million in pension support from Springfield. What happens if you…

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food for thought

Students at many Chicago public schools are asked to buy classroom essentials such as paper towels and Band-Aids, even as CPS ordered $2.9 million1 worth of food—almost half for the district’s central office—from restaurants and caterers in fiscal 2015. Here’s what that money could have bought instead. NOTE: 1. From a Chicago Tribune Freedom of Information Act request…