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Chicago magazine October 2018

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United States
Chicagoland Publishing Company
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
my halloween hamlet

AS WOMAN IN HER MID-4OS WITH NO children, I thought I’d left trick-or-treating far behind. And that was fine by me. But then last summer, my 8-year-old godson, CJ, moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles with his family, and they rented a condo five floors above me. For a couple of months, his mom, Fox-32 traffic reporter Michelle Alegria, kept pestering me to buy a Halloween costume. I kept pretending not to hear her. When we took her three kids shopping for theirs, I helped CJ pick out his Thor outfit, and when he asked if I’d take him trick-or-treating, I gave in and bought myself the simplest costume in the shop: a bumblebee. On Halloween, Michelle announced the plan: We would go to the Gold Coast. “But we don’t…

1 min.
better batter

STUNTWOMAN APRIL SUTTON’S FITNESS regimen (page 42) also includes a guilt-free indulgence for when she needs to bulk up: no-grain protein pancakes. “Mix five egg whites, two egg yolks, half an avocado, half a banana, two scoops of vanilla whey protein powder, a pinch of baking soda and cinnamon, some brown sugar, and vanilla extract. A little bit of almond milk makes them fluffier. Cook them on medium heat; drizzle with raw honey. It’s amazing.” Sprinkles, of course, are “totally allowable.” Photographer Justin Bettman, whose work has appeared in GQ and the New York Times, says cover star Carrie Coon’s approachability makes her one of his favorite subjects. “A lot of times people are so concerned with how they’ll look, but Carrie really trusted me and wasn’t micromanaging, which can be…

2 min.
the voice of chicago

@petersagal via Twitter @CarlBrownell via Twitter My parents and grandparents were alerted by Bill Kurtis to the F5 twister that hit Topeka. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Steppenwolf Theatre gala years ago. He was so gracious in taking the time to speak with me one-on-one. Always a Kansas gentleman. @ChicagoSwede27 via Twitter ADVANCES IN FOOD ALLERGY TREATMENTS Thank you for “The End of an Epidemic” [September]. My teenage son was one of the participants in the Aimmune AR101 [clinical trial]. He was deathly allergic and now eats three to four peanuts a day. It is truly life-changing and such a relief. I am hoping for further research and trials so other children won’t have to live in fear of foods. Sallyp07 via Chicagomag.com The headline is hyperbole and the story exaggerates…

1 min.
spoiled fruit

Marc Spiegler’s October 1998 profile of William Farley, “The Remarkable Mr. Farley,” came at a transitional moment for the Fruit of the Loom CEO and Gold Coast resident. He had acquired the company in 1985 and taken it public in 1987, and share values had increased sevenfold by 1992. His success allowed him to behave flamboyantly without consequence, from his 1988 run for U.S. president to his questionable work attire: Farley’s ferocious discipline extends to the gym. A star athlete as a young man, he has long played up his physique, sometimes flaunting it. Former employees say it was not uncommon for him to strip down to his underwear in front of staff or wander around the office in nothing but workout shorts. For an interview in 1989 by New Yorker…

1 min.
your best rooftop pics

@rgonza79 Architect Raymond Gonzalez snapped this shot at the Overly Drumatic rooftop party at Ace Hotel Chicago. “When I took it,” he says, “there was this narrative in my head of Atlas, the Titan who had been condemned to hold up the sky for eternity — but now the sky was holding him.” WE ALSO LOVED … NEXT CONTEST Post your best shot of the Chicago River on Instagram by October 15. Follow us at @chicagomag, tag us, and include #bestchicagolife to be considered. The winner will be featured in the December issue and will receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

1 min.
talking points

1 Jabari’s back home. Zach’s healthy. And rookie Wendell Carter Jr. slayed in summer league. The rebuilding Bulls still have no D but should at least be more entertaining. Season tips off Oct. 18. 2 The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning unveils On to 2050, its comprehensive plan for the region, on Oct. 10. Expect the road to the future to be paved in artificial intelligence and bike lanes. 3 Former secretary of state John Kerry sits for an interview about his life before entering the Senate, Oct. 16 at the Harris Theater as part of Chicago Ideas Week. We put the odds of the talk staying politics-free at roughly zero. 4 Peter Sagal’s The Incomplete Book of Running, about becoming a marathoner at age 40 to outsprint mortality, isn’t just for runners.…