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Chicago magazine September 2017

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Chicagoland Publishing Company
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a 22-year-old retiree with no regrets

It’s been a year since Matt Harris, Northwestern University’s star defensive back, gave up football, and he has no qualms about his decision. Though Harris consistently received Big Ten honors during his career, fear of health complications due to concussions pushed him to forgo a fifth season—and his NFL dreams. A blow to the head ended his 2016 season after only two games, and Harris remembers crying in the locker room after that game, worried what the next concussion might bring. “In that moment, I knew I was done,” he says. The native of southwest suburban La Grange Highlands graduated and now works for the Future Project, an education nonprofit. “I thought I would have a tougher time with it,” he says of leaving the game. “I could’ve been down, but…

1 min.
fashion forward

As a general rule, I don’t cry at the office. But after I read the fatherand- son redemption tale “The Hunting Accident” (page 124), I had to choke back sobs at my desk. It was a full-on ugly cry. To me, the best magazines deliver on a spectrum of emotions: stories that make you think (an epic take on the Chicago River by novelist Scott Blackwood, page 94), that make you giggle (Rod O’Connor sampling decadent Trump hotel spa treatments, page 44), and that stretch your expectations in ways that stick with you long after. The last one was on our minds as we began work on our annual fall fashion feature. To produce a portfolio that would be surprising and distinctly Chicago, we reached out to the city’s chicest drag queens…

1 min.
inside peek

CONTRIBUTOR Whitten Sabbatini, whose work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, photographed the Chicago River for the cover story (page 94). Along the way, he learned some tricks from the fishermen who cast off into the South Branch near Blue Island and Western. “They told me the best bait is french fries from the McDonald’s up the street.” STAFF REVIEWS Ever wonder how a $20 tomato tastes? Better than it looks, according to the Chicago mag staff who sampled the giant heirloom pictured on page 61. Their reviews? “Sweet like candy,” said designer Emily Johnson. “A-plus,” chimed in editor Carrie Schedler. Intern Emma Krupp wasn’t as effusive: “It’s a good tomato. But for $20, I could buy lots of OK tomatoes.” BEHIND THE SHOOT In our fall fashion feature (page…

1 min.
talk to us

ON A NORTH SIDER GONE SOUTH I moved from Madison in 1992 and was told “only the North Side.” But when it came time to buy, I chose South Shore. Having not been born in Chicago, I refuse to view the city as those from here do [“Confessions of a Bi-Sider,” August]. I have some real fear about the changes coming with the Obama Presidential Center but love South Shore for more reasons than I can address here. Robert Brown on Facebook I live in Beverly (North Side transplant) and here are some substitutes for your losses: County Fair’s butchers, Harte’s bar, and Ken’s on Western for great homemade food. Kate Coyle onChicagomag.com ON A DRUG DEALER TURNED BAR MITZVAH EMCEE This story [“King of the Mitzvahs,” August] should be turned into a movie. Biff Gunderson onChicagomag.com A…

5 min.
mr. nicer guy

Business, politics, real estate, and city life: What you need to know this month Dapper for summer in a seersucker blazer, Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. stood onstage at a Garfield Park elementary school in July and touted his ward’s newest plum: the Hatchery, a kitchen space for chefs and bakers who can’t afford their own storefronts. Sitting behind him was Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “A lot of things are happening on the West Side,” Burnett told a crowd of neighborhood residents and food industry professionals, listing two new parks, training centers for the Bulls and Blackhawks, and 482 new homes on the site of the old Cabrini-Green housing project. “We’ve been very blessed in our journey with this mayor to get things done. When I say this mayor is my partner, I call…

1 min.
the waiting game

They’ve got all sorts of bells and whistles, like solaria and elevators. God knows they’re big enough, with the largest topping out at a whopping 30,000 square feet. Even the market is in their favor: Sales of milliondollar- plus homes are surging, up 14 percent in the first half of the year compared with 2016, according to Midwest Real Estate Data. And yet these three mansions just can’t catch a break. 1 7 Fox Hunt Rd., Barrington • List price $14.9 million • Time on market 34 months • A replica of an English pub, a dedicated dog bath, and “ample room for a helipad,” according to the listing, weren’t enough to justify the original $20 million price. It’s gotten a significant trim every year since. 2 1336 N. State Pkwy., Gold Coast • List price…