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Chicago magazine September 2015

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“I never grew up with [recreation along the Chicago River]. The river was something you walked over, ran over, spit on, or threw something in.” —Rahm Emanuel Read Whet Moser’s interview with Chicago’s mayor at chicagomag.com/parks. FULL DINING LISTINGS ON YOUR TABLET! Find all of our dining critics’ carefully curated restaurant recommendations, sorted by location, in our tablet apps at chicagomag.com/ipad and chicagomag.com/android. 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 22 of Inside Chicago’s Best Restaurants, see how Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery makes his royal pies. Watch at chicagomag.com /pleasanthouse. Follow Chicago on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. Search for “Chicago mag” to find our social media feeds. FREE E-NEWSLETTERS Weekly email newsletters alert you to…

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chicago style

If you’ve seen the 2009 instaclassic The September Issue—or simply tried to pry a mammoth Vogue or Bazaar out of your mailbox this month—you know that this is prime time for fashion. What value can Chicago bring to readers already awash in images, news, and advice on what to wear right now? Plenty. The clothes, shoes, and accessories that our crack fashion editor, Heiji Choy Black, curates each fall hit a very particular sweet spot: the best of the world’s runways (New York, Paris, Milan) combined with what actually works for the city we live in. That means you’ll find nothing fussily precious, wildly overdone, or simply impractical in our 14-page cover story, but rather effortlessly chic ensembles (from Christopher Kane, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and others) that can stand up to…

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inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR While reporting his feature on the MacArthur Foundation (see page 84), Sam Worley, a former Chicago Reader deputy editor, learned that the place is about more than “genius” grants. “They’ve got an eclectic list of nonprofit organizations they help fund, from forest conservation advocacy groups to a Mexico City human rights org.” ARTIFACT To give our photo shoot with drag actor David Cerda an extra schlocky horror factor (see page 37), photographer Lisa Predko bought a mask of Fluffy, the flesh-eating monster from the cult flick Creepshow. She procured Fluffy from prop man Jeff Keim, a.k.a. Jeff Death. “It was partially ready,” says Predko. “All he had to do was add hair.” NEW HIRE Martha Williams joins Chicago as the magazine’s photography director. You may know the former Time Out Chicago photo editor from…

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talk to us

ON RAUNER’S PERFORMANCE Voters voted blindly for this so-called concerned billionaire [“Grading the Governor,” August] and he can’t find one way to make one dollar? Clearly he is here for his own agenda and it is not to benefit Illinois. realamerican on Chicagomag.com [Rauner] has ways to make money and the Democrats are blocking them. I’d rather have control over my funding choices and control my own retirement than let the government fritter away my future. Maybe he has a bogus C+ grade now, but thank goodness he’s not rolling over and caving to the corruption. RED4283 on Chicagomag.com ON BANING STUDENTTEACHER ROMANCES By definition, [college] students have young minds and hearts still in development [“Academic Provocateur,” August]. It’s easy for an authority figure to influence them unduly at that stage of their lives. I don’t…

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What grade would you give Rauner? Here’s how 613 Chicagomag.com readers respond: 5% Eh, he’s adequate. 9% Better than average, but there’s still work to do. 10% He’s doing a great job. 76% It was a mistake to vote him into office. Follow us at @ChicagoMag. Join our community at facebook.com/chicagomagazine. Watch exclusive interviews and more at youtube.com/chicagomag. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. Send email to letters@chicagomag.com. Write to Letters, Chicago magazine, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1100, Chicago, IL 60611. Correspondents must identify themselves; names may be withheld on request. Please include a daytime telephone number for verification. Chicago may edit or condense letters. PHOTOGRAPHY: (MAGAZINES) RATKO RADOJCIC; (RAUNER) NANCY STONE/CHICAGO TRIBUNE…

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saving the honeybees

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Just like the seven million honeybees that populate his 120 or so hives, Greg Fischer is feverishly busy. Head beekeeper for the Morton Arboretum and the rooftop hives at the Chicago Marriott, he doesn’t want a repeat of last winter’s massacre, when 80 percent of his colonies perished. “Everybody went into December really healthy and full of honey,” he says. “Then when the real cold weather hit, it just wiped them out.” It’s no secret that America’s honeybees are dying: The media have been full of stories about their demise. But what you might not know is that the situation is especially dire in Illinois. Beekeepers here reported that 62 percent of their colonies died last year, the…