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Chicago magazine October 2016

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Art Deco Returns to Uptown, 235 Square Feet at a Time After a reported $15 million renovation, the lobby of Uptown’s Lawrence House is supposed to be vibrant enough to convince prospective tenants that it’s OK to live in a so-called microapartment if the building has enough other amenities, like a bar and a hip coffee shop. For now, the lobby only hints at what’s to come. A low black ceiling at the entrance gives way to a bright refurbished art deco skylight. The wide-open white space resembles a college library, with long tables of millennials pecking away at MacBooks. Upstairs, studio apartments start at 235 square feet, almost the equivalent of two city parking spaces; one-bedroom units start at 410 square feet. The studios are like large dorm rooms, although much…

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october’s mvps

It would be impossible to write about this issue without highlighting the contributions of the team behind our fall culture guide: senior editor Elly Fishman, assistant editor Matt Pollock, photo director Martha Williams, and associate art director Jacqueline Cantu. Elly and Matt sorted through hundreds of cultural happenings to settle on the dozen we are most excited about, while Jacqueline and Martha gave them lush visual treatments. That includes our cover story, the Chicago production of Hamilton (nailing down the show’s in-demand creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, for an interview and photo shoot was its own act of endurance), as well as lesser-known artistic events and releases that deserve equal fanfare. Martha and Matt also pulled off a small miracle in wrangling 19 young creative forces, part of a loose collective, for the…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTORS With a Ph.D. in social psychology and a stint at the late, great basketball blog FreeDarko, Kellogg School of Management prof Adam Waytz is uniquely qualified to write about Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade joining the Bulls (page 21). “I’ve always been interested in how strangers thrown onto a team interact.” University of Chicago sociologist Forrest Stuart embedded with a local gang to gain insight into how its members think (page 100). “These kids are told every day, ‘You’re worthless, you’re a plague.’ This research is about how young black men with no resources to be told they’re special go about feeling special.” BEHIND THE SHOOT For our feature on a new generation of Chicago creatives (page 78), stylist Whitney Middleton pulled from local clothiers. “There’s a boom here, like in London in…

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talk to us

ON CRIME REPORTER PETER NICKEAS’S DISPATCHES The transformation you describe, from a human being into a cold collector of information [“Three Years of Nights,” September], is similar to mine after decades in uniformed patrol work, mostly on the night shift. You can’t help but be changed walking through the blood of innocent people. Sanity for those responding to crime scenes rarely emerges until long after the events cease. Thank you for sharing a small piece of yourself with us. EDB on Chicagomag.com Are we supposed to feel sorry for a white reporter for doing his chosen job of reporting on black and brown people? @JerryLEADS on Twitter CORRECTIONS Three schools in September’s “Best Public Schools”—Lindblom Math and Science Academy, World Language High School, and Westinghouse College Preparatory High School—were mistakenly left off the Chicago high schools…

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tour de vengeance

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Bulls fans could be forgiven for slipping into extreme nihilism this past year. They faced a particularly cruel spiral of despair, watching a Tom Thibodeau–less team search for its identity, flounder out of the playoffs, and then initiate the departure of two Chicago pillars, Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, to New York City. Luckily, the Bulls have filled this existential void by acquiring two players—Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo—and offering the most intriguing team in years, one devoid of the stresses that have plagued fans of late. (Will Noah get healthy? Will I ever not wince if I see Rose hit the floor? And can I separate Rose’s hometown heroism from the sexual assault allegations levied against him?) Rondo’s…

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capone exposed

– 1 – He earned his tough-guy rep by age 8. Teens in his Brooklyn neighborhood (he moved to Chicago in his early 20s) admired his graceful yet brutal fighting style and recruited him for their gang, the Boys of Navy Street. One time, his comrades stole a washtub, strapped it to his chest, and had him beat it like a drum to intimidate rivals during a gang brawl. – 2 – His wife was no pushover. Three years into their marriage, Mae Capone was fed up with her 21-yearold husband’s philandering. She bleached her hair the same blond as that of his current mistress—a 15-yearold girl—to wordlessly embarrass him in front of his family. (He made all of his girlfriends go flaxen.) – 3 – His son was a bully magnet. Kids taunted Sonny…