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Chicago magazine November 2018

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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in this issue

1 min.
a better way to eat

FOR THIS MONTH’S COVER FEATURE, “THE FOOD LOVER’S Guide to (Sorta) Healthy Dining” (page 63), we decided to tap into a trend: diners’ integrating more whole foods into their meals. The “sorta” is an important word in that headline. We didn’t want to make this story about restrictive diets that eliminate certain food groups altogether or that are designed only with weight loss in mind. That’s not the way most of us want to eat these days. Instead, in making our selections, we gravitated toward dishes packed with not just nutrition but deliciousness. And we wanted meals that leave you feeling good, not sluggish. One of my own favorites is the Rossa pizza at Stella Barra in Lincoln Park: a thin, crispy crust (gluten-free by request) topped with a layer of…

1 min.
old school ballers

THIS ISSUE FEATURES NOT ONE BUT TWO pro basketball players: the Bulls’ Jabari Parker (page 24) and the Sky’s Linnae Harper (page 74). And it so happens they grew up together on the South Side. From their first-grade playground all the way to their eighth-grade team (Harper was the only girl on the boys' squad at Robert A. Black elementary school), they were close friends — and competitors. “Jabari’s like a brother to me,” Harper says. “But when I remind him that I beat him one-on-one, he’s always like, ‘No, you didn’t.’” “Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it’s not fun,” Jason Little, who shot this month’s cover story, says of his approach to photographing the food. “I wanted it to look tasty and inviting — bright, poppy, and eye-catching.” Why did…

2 min.
wisconsin’s migrating pollution

Schmidtb26 via Reddit Amusingly, the greatest violator of the Great Lake Compact’s goals is … drumroll … Chicago, which has used Lake Michigan’s water to flush the open sewer that is the Chicago River for something like a hundred years. Srboisvert via Reddit GRADING FAIRLY Once again, no rankings related to racial equity factors or any socio-emotional learning [“Best Public Schools,” September]. Test scores and graduation rates alone don’t make a school great. Tracey Starkovich Moesvia Facebook CHICAGO, CA My childhood dentist used to be in the second building [“The Retro Treasures of Peterson Avenue,” October], so now when I go to L.A, I feel like I need a fluoride treatment. @wardepartment via Twitter A U. OF C. PROFESSOR’S MYSTERIOUS MURDER I was working in an adjacent building when this happened [“Cold Case,” September]. I was young and it was…

1 min.
a kingpin, toppled

▪ Jeff Fort, cofounder of the South Side gang Black P Stones (formerly the Blackstone Rangers), is serving consecutive sentences totaling 168 years in prison for agreeing to commit domestic terrorism in return for $2.5 million from Libya, ordering his followers to kill a rival, and trafficking drugs. But in the ’60s, well before those ’80s convictions, he was a supposedly reformed gang leader entrusted with nearly $1 million in federal funds to oversee job training to get others like him out of the life. He was even invited to Richard Nixon’s 1969 inauguration. In his own community, he was hailed a hero, as Tom Brune and James Ylisela Jr. detailed in their 1988 Chicago story, “The Making of Jeff Fort.” It was Fort’s charisma, and his amazing recruiting skills, that…

1 min.
your best drink photos

@nicoolest83 Nicole Ehrke snapped these cocktails while celebrating her two-week anniversary with her husband, Ivon, at Tied House. The third drink belonged to their friend Meagan, who married them. “We now call her Minister Mae,” Ehrke says. WE ALSO LOVED … @Istahl @312bites @amandakulaga @misteyinchicago NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of your favorite pizza on Instagram by November 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the January issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

1 min.
talking points

1 Brendan Sodikoff’s food court, Aster Hall, opens at the 900 North Michigan Shops. It’s like a greatest hits album, with a Small Cheval and other Hogsalt Hospitality favorites. 2 Michelle Obama kicks off a tour for her autobiography, Becoming, at the United Center Nov. 13. She’s dishing on everything from her South Side childhood to the White House years, when bare arms counted as a controversy. 3 Evanston residents face a referendum Nov. 6 on the fate of the Harley Clarke Mansion. Preservationists say it’s too historic to demolish. Environmentalists want to go further back and restore the natural lakeshore. 4 “If you picked this book up looking for wild, druggy stories about my addiction to opiates, you’re out of luck,” Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy writes in his memoir, Let’s Go (So We…