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Chicago magazine

November 2021

Chicago magazine delivers an authoritative guide to life in one of America's greatest cities. From insight into the best dining and shopping to interviews with fascinating figures shaping the future of Chicago, every issue is your source for living city smart.

United States
Chicagoland Publishing Company
R 72,23
R 188,03
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
thankful? you bet.

IT’S A THANKSGIVING TRADITION AT MY HOUSE TO GO AROUND the table and say why we are thankful. We typically have an embarrassment of riches to share, but some years are harder than others — like the year we had to use the holiday weekend to tell our boys their parents were getting divorced (because that’s when we were all together, and there’s never a good time to tell them that). Even last year, in the midst of sickness, lockdowns, toilet paper shortages, and the recent loss of our beloved dog, Buster, we found so much to celebrate. With the pandemic persisting for the foreseeable future, it’s easy for all of us to focus on what we miss, but November is as good a time as any to remember why we’re…

1 min
sketching secrets

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA–BASED illustrator Greg Clarke has never stepped foot in Chicago, but he’s no stranger to what many people have missed most during the pandemic — crowded restaurants. His process for drawing our November cover and the “51 Dining Secrets” feature (page 60) was simple: He read the piece, then “started thinking with a pencil.” “Your own experiences always come into play, and I’ve certainly been to a fair share of bars,” Clarke says. “When the subject is fun, it’s easy to inject humor and whimsy.” While this is Clarke’s first project with Chicago magazine, his manic scenes and characters have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and his college favorite, the New Yorker. Lively restaurant scenes are a Clarke classic, and he packs them full of action, suspense, and…

2 min
voice of the sox

@kathymb317M via Twitter I think everyone has a Jason story but he really is that good of a person, announcer, representative. Sox fans know we are lucky to have him, especially during the slumps, when he makes us feel like there is something to look forward to. @JunkyardKitty via Twitter BUILD-A-HOME My in-laws lived in their Sears kit house in Arlington Heights for over 50 years [“Five Sears KiTHomes for Sale,” chicagomag.com]. It’s still standing and just as beautiful. @mommagastfield via Instagram Today most people can’t put together anything from Ikea. @bmackin73 via Instagram My daughter’s first house was a Sears home made by a master craftsman! It was such a cool house. You can find their catalogs with floor plans online still! William O’Neill via Facebook I used to see these advertised as a kid — and…

1 min
your best pie photos

@anastasialozhkinarealtor Baking is more than a hobby for Anastasia Lozhkina. Before she became a real estate agent with @Properties, she trained as a pastry chef at Kennedy-King College — but that’s not where she learned how to make lemon cheese pie. “My family is from all over Eastern Europe, and we put sour cream and cottage cheese in everything,” she says. To make this pie, she swapped in cream cheese to help balance out the lemony tang. WE ALSO LOVED … NEXT CONTEST Post your best high-resolution shot of bookshelves on Instagram by November 15. Follow and tag @chicagomag and include #chimagcontest on your story or post to be considered. The winner will be featured in the January issue and receive a free one-year subscription to the magazine.…

1 min
talking points

1 Loyola’s new basketball coach, Drew Valentine, debuts Nov. 9 against Coppin State. The 30-year-old is Division I’s youngest head coach — and 72 years younger than Sister Jean. 2 As the City Council draws a new ward map, Blacks want to preserve representation, Latinos want more seats, while CHANGE Illinois wants wards to follow neighborhood boundaries. 3 If you’ve gotta have more cowbell, Blue Öyster Cult plays the Des Plaines Theatre on Nov. 19. The 96-year-old art deco venue reopened this fall after a $6.6 million renovation. 4 An ex-con returns to the South Side after finding God in prison and sets out to reform his suspicious neighbors. That’s the plot of the latest One Book, One Chicago selection, Bedrock Faith by Chicago native Eric Charles May. Sign up for a Nov.…

4 min
the big bet

EVERY SATURDAY AT 8 A.M., JOE OSTROWSKI IS ON THE RADIO, CHATTING WITH oddsmakers, gaming gurus, and other sports experts seeking to connect with or cash in on Illinois’s recently legalized sports betting business. Ostrowski’s Early Odds show on WSCR-AM 670 The Score is just a warm-up act — he talks sports wagering throughout the station’s weekday programs and crews a daily three-hour show on BetQL, a digital radio channel dedicated to sports gambling. “I didn’t set out for sports betting to become my niche,” says Ostrowski. “But the interest is clearly there. People who never made sports bets before are doing it now.” The wagering has been going gangbusters since Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a gambling expansion bill that last year legalized sports betting on professional and selected college sports: more…