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Chicago magazine

Chicago magazine September 2016

Since 1970, readers have turned to Chicago magazine for expertise on Chicago’s dining, shopping, and entertainment scenes, as well as for award-winning reporting on the key people and issues in the city. Get your digital subscription to Chicago magazine today.

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues


1 min.
on chicagomag.com

How Four Teenage Girls Organized a Huge Silent Protest Walter Payton College Prep senior Eva Lewis (second from left) tells how she and three friends organized a Millennium Park rally against police brutality. There have been other protests. Did you go to them? Nope. I’m 17 years old. Although I have a lot of ideas, and I’m an activist, I’m aware constantly that I’m a minor and that I don’t want to put myself in a dangerous situation. Which is why we did [our sit-in] during the day, because we didn’t want to be out in the dark. What do you do to prepare for this? I pray. I sung to myself gospel songs. It makes me feel calmer, ’cause then I’m promising myself in my spirit that I’m gonna be safe and everyone’s gonna…

1 min.
an icon returns

Soon after I began covering nightlife at the Sun-Times, while still in my 20s, a colleague invited me to meet Bill Zehme. In writing circles, he was legendary. He regularly scored hard-to-get subjects like Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson for profiles that appeared in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. When I met him, I was awed. (And only in part because he’s 6-foot-5.) But despite his stature, he was incredibly approachable and kind. Though I was just starting my career, he treated me like an equal, occasionally sending me encouraging notes. A young writer never forgets that. But then Bill’s pen went dark. Though he kept it quiet, in 2013 he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer. (A few months ago, he opened up to the…

1 min.
inside peek

BEHIND THE SHOOT Cover look familiar? Design director Kathy Shady went full John Hughes for the concept. “The Breakfast Club is such a quintessential Chicago movie,” says Shady. “It was a fun way to reimagine public school in the city.” CONTRIBUTORS Chicago scored a coup landing Nigel barker (a former America’s Next Top Model judge) to shoot its fashion spread (page 106) at Terlato Wines’ Tangley Oaks mansion. “The location was magnificent. You don’t expect a grand Gothic Tudor in America, let alone Chicago.” For peter Nickeas, penning an essay about his time as the Chicago Tribune’s overnight crime reporter (page 86) was a means of processing years of mayhem. “My job can be breathless,” says Nickeas. “You go to a crime scene, report the news, and before you can follow up there are…

1 min.
talk to us

ON MLK’S CHICAGO MOVEMENT MLK once said that Chicago has one of the worst undercover racism problems in America [“The Longest March,” August]. Imagine a man from the South telling people in the Midwest we are bigger racists than them. Sad. Bianca M. Nelson on Facebook ON CHICAGO’S FAILED OLYMPIC BID Thank God the Olympics missed us [“The Olympics That Weren’t,” August]. There is a [trend] of bankruptcy in host cities. Brian Dunham on Facebook The Olympics, Crosstown Classic, and Lollapalooza all converging? I would be the F outta Chicago. Nikki Dunham on Facebook How did Rio beat Chicago as host city? Makes no sense at all. Dougie Hay on Facebook ON SANDRA CISNEROS’S BITTER SPLIT FROM CHICAGO La Sandra has long been one of my literary and life inspirations. She speaks for those who can’t [“Notes of a Native Daughter,”…

5 min.
the rahm whisperer

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Michael Sacks, the uber-wealthy asset management CEO—and unpaid, largely unheralded adviser to his friend Rahm Emanuel—is so discreet and self-effacing, so spotlight averse, that coaxing him to describe mayoral interactions is not just like pulling teeth. It’s like executing a root canal. “I don’t think it’s my place to speak publicly about private conversations,” says Sacks, 54. “It defeats the purpose of having private conversations and would prohibit me from being a confidant.” No worries there. The GCM Grosvenor chairman and CEO has become Emanuel’s go-to adviser. The mayor named him vice chairman of the development group World Business Chicago and a member of his economic council. But those titles don’t begin to describe his outsize City Hall influence—one…

1 min.
swag patrol

1 Donald Trump Piñata For or against, win or lose, punctuate the election results with some stressbusting papier-mâché smashing and a shower of candy. $30, dulcelandia.com 2 Hillary Clinton Needlepoint Embrace the contradiction of a homespun craft lauding one of the toughest ladies in politics. $30, etsy.com/shop/partsandlabor 3 Trump Protest Beer What happens when you insult the heritage of the Latin American brewers who made the house beer for Trump’s hotel in Chicago? They change the name to Chinga Tu Pelo (Fuck Your Hair). $5 for 16-ounce draft, 5rabbitbrewery.com 4 Bernie Sanders Temporary Tattoo When you just can’t let go … until November. $3, etsy.com/shop/marshmallowtwinkles…