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Last Dance
By Katie Kailus | December 4, 2015

For the last nine seasons, Victoria Jaiani has danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Joffrey Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, choreographed by Robert Joffrey. This will be the final...

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Enchanted England
By Becca Hensley | December 3, 2015

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, a young boy wins a golden ticket that leads him on an enchanted journey with Willy Wonka. Now a popular musical drawing crowds in London’s West End, the story—flooded with fantasy...

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A Star Named Gugu
By Ray Rogers | December 1, 2015

She’s still relatively unknown in the United States, but just wait. British screen and stage actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw is about to become a household name. Following last year’s one-two punch of critically acclaimed roles—she played the mixed-...

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By Jordan Porter-Woodruff | November 19, 2015


300-310 S. Federal St.

After a late-summer rain, the telltale signs of fall abound. The night creeps up before 6pm and the once-warm 80-degree day drops to a cool 60...

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Mix Masters
By David Zivan | November 19, 2015

“This picture is not just red or black—it is many things,” said Maurice Hennessy as he gestured toward the enormous Hebru Brantley canvas hanging behind him. “And a cognac is like a painting. It has several colors.” The global...

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Poised to Pounce
By Nate Chapnick | November 19, 2015

Jaguar is flexing its muscle. In the last year, the British brand has invested some $5 billion in research and development and in its manufacturing facilities. The fruits of these investments are seen in Jaguar’s reinvigorated lineup—the...

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Diva Intervention
By David Zivan | November 18, 2015

It would be easy to say that Renée Fleming is having a moment. But that assessment applies so often to her, it seems almost out of tune. Since her first professional gigs as a graduate student at Juilliard in the 1980s, the soprano...

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Full Circle
Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | November 17, 2015

Tell someone you’re having dinner at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, and, odds are they’ll assume you’ll be at Cindy’s. The rooftop restaurant of the beautifully restored 125-year-old Henry Ives Cobb...

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Third Shift
By Jim McFarlin | November 17, 2015

Explain, please.
Rescue Me was very heavily identified with New York firefighters. I thought a network show with the same theme, set there, would [clash with] that.

And, Chicago was first choice as an alternative?...

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The Spirit of Giving
By The Editors with Jenny Berg, Amalie Drury, Nicole Jarvis and Joel Reese | November 12, 2015

Hunter Kaiser believes that the good feelings that come from inhabiting a well-designed space shouldn’t be reserved for those...

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Picture This
By David Zivan | November 10, 2015

1. Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century

This wide-ranging Art Institute show offers work from the permanent collection by Stieglitz, an indefatigable promoter of the art of photography....

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Taking Note
By Tony Scott-Green | November 3, 2015

It may come as a surprise to learn that much of the inspiration for composer Stacy Garrop’s new oratorio for orchestra and double choir came from The Matrix and Star Wars. There’s a...

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