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Chicago magazine October 2017

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on chicagomag.com

You could create an entire city out of the beautiful buildings Chicago has destroyed over the past century or so: the old Federal Building, the original Stock Exchange, even the world’s first skyscraper. But thanks to community leaders and preservation societies, five beloved structures will be restored or redeveloped in the next year or two. These include the Pullman Clock Tower and Administration Building, the centerpiece of George Pullman’s company town on the Far South Side, which will be turned into a visitors’ center. In West Town, St. Boniface Church was saved from the wrecking ball and will soon become residential units and a music school. And the Daniel Burnham–designed Roundhouse in Washington Park, not technically abandoned but certainly underutilized, will be incorporated into the nearby DuSable Museum’s grand renovation plans. Read…

1 min.
the new old blago

The first time I met Rod Blagojevich was in early 2003 at a blacktie gala for Equality Illinois. I remember moving through the throng of supporters waiting to speak to him. And when I finally was able to introduce myself—like any media-savvy politician, he already knew my name, since I had a social column in the Sun-Times—he asked where I grew up. “Elmwood Park,” I replied. “The Tigers!” he said with a big smile, referring to my high school’s mascot. More than a year later I saw him at another event. As I walked over to say hello, he boomed, “Susanna, how are those Tigers?” I was floored. The man certainly knew how to work the press. At the height of his power in the early 2000s, he is said to have been…

1 min.
inside peek

BEHIND THE ART Lars Leetaru modeled the drawing on page 21 after the 1969 Esquire cover featuring Andy Warhol drowning in a can of tomato soup. “It was fun taking such an iconic image and adding my own little details—the exaggerated bubbles, the sweat on the cup.” CONTRIBUTOR Colleen Durkin (pictured here with her schipperke, Kayo) shot the bulk of our 16- page fall arts preview (page 70). The trickiest part? Shepherding rapper Towkio, who’d just polished off a giant “cigarette” before his shoot. “We photographed him at a hubcap shop. He was superanimated, but totally distracted by the shiny rims.” ARTIFACT Our cover photo of Rod Blagojevich is anything but traditional. Since Chicago wasn’t allowed inside the ex-governor’s prison, he rented a camera from the commissary and had it shot himself. “He’s smiling, but…

1 min.
talk to us

ON A CHEF’S LASTING INFLUENCE A nice reappraisal of Charlie Trotter’s legacy [“Charlie Trotter Is Alive and Well,” August]. Ten years ahead of the curve on almost everything. @TheTedAllen on Twitter What’s not shown here is the generosity of the man, which I experienced firsthand. Too much of the story focuses on Trotter’s flaws rather than the chefs he trained and inspired. Maria Binchet onChicagomag.com Charlie Trotter is like Woody Allen for me. Can’t appreciate the work because the awfulness of the man overshadows it. @mattwatkins80 on Twitter @mattwatkins80 on Twitter ON RAHM’S SOFTENED IMAGE Think I developed X-ray vision, ’cause I see right through him [“Mr. Nicer Guy,” September]. @mikeepifani on Twitter CORRECTIONS In September’s “Best Private Schools,” Ida Crown Jewish Academy was left off the list. Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart’s study abroad program was credited to the…

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toni’s soda tax spiral

Do you drink soda?” I ask. “Yes, occasionally,” says Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. “Ginger ale. And my favorite cocktail is orange juice, cranberry juice, and ginger ale.” So let’s see: Under the county’s sweetened beverage tax, enacted this summer, there’d be a surcharge on the ginger ale, whether diet or regular. The orange and cranberry would escape—but only if they are 100 percent fruit juice. And cranberry typically isn’t. Got that? Preckwinkle says she does. “It’s simple: If it’s sweetened, it’s taxed; if it’s not sweetened, it’s not taxed.” If your head’s spinning, though, you’re not alone. Yet the bewildering intricacies of the tax are the least of Preckwinkle’s problems. The former alderman seemed politically invincible—until she pushed to passage last November what’s now known as the “Toni Tax,” the…

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what does the tax mean for drink specials?

Cook County residents were in for a bummer if they wanted to participate in 7-Eleven’s Bring Your Own Cup Day, the mid-August bacchanalia in which customers bring a cup (often comically large) to a 7-Eleven and pour in as much Slurpee as they want for $1.50. Since it would be virtually impossible to figure out exactly how much Slurpee each customer’s cup held—and therefore how much to tax—7-Eleven excluded Chicago from this year’s promotion. Other purveyors of megadeals on sugary drinks are being more lenient. At Brookfield Zoo, for example, patrons can still buy the beloved souvenir cups for $14.60 that entitle them to unlimited free pop refills all year. The zoo will tax the first 32 ounces—and absorb the fee after that.…