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Natural Wonders
Rima Suqi | January 12, 2015

Have you ever seen a frigate bird flirt? The male frigate has a red pouch he inflates to comically large proportions, hoping to catch the eye of nearby females. Once successful, it depresses back to its usual, goiter-like state. The parallels to human behavior it...

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Fired Up
Sarah Perkins | January 9, 2015

1. Cantina Laredo 
Savor your guacamole and thaw out next to the stone hearth at this River North Mexican resto after a Mag Mile shopping trip. Order the Cinco...

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Gina the Vivacious
By Elina Fuhrman | January 5, 2015

“This is my day off,” announces a smiling Gina Rodriguez as she arrives for our interview at the Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa in the L.A. neighborhood of Culver City. It’s just after noon, and the star of Jane the...

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Booting Up
Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | December 22, 2014

When it was announced that Henri, Michigan Avenue’s jewel-box French restaurant, was closing after four years to make way for a more casual Italian spot, I was apprehensive. Reconcepting is rarely a good sign, and so often what...

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Happy New Year!
Jessie Sardina | December 19, 2014

1. Alinea
What better way to end 2014 than with an incredible meal? Chef Grant Achatz offers a special extended tasting menu that’s sure to wow. Tickets...

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Feast of Fishes
Jessie Sardina | December 19, 2014

1. Filini
Filini—the stylish multilevel resto inside the Radisson Blu Aqua—will be serving up delectable fare (mussel soup, tuna carpaccio and clam...

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Diamond Decade
Sarah Perkins | December 17, 2014

When a store like Graff Diamonds Chicago celebrates 10 years, it requires something a bit over-the-top. Appropriately, the store has imported an exclusive exhibit of jewelry from across...

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Chiara Milioulis | December 17, 2014


Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

Shoppers swarmed Nordstrom’s first-floor shoe department to catch a glimpse of reality star-turned-shoe designer Kristin Cavallari at the in-store...

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Coupe du Jour
Nate Chapnick | December 17, 2014

Many high-performance supercars spend most of their time parked, saddled by inclement weather and overall impracticality. Enter the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, a two-door supercar re-envisioning of the maker’s top-of-the-line sedan, to be...

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The Fixers
Lisa Shames | December 17, 2014

You would never know it from the outside of the four-story brick building on a quiet West Town street, but through the unassuming doors of The Conservation Center have passed works from some of the world...

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Lunch Break
Jessie Sardina | December 15, 2014

1. Sophie’s at Saks
Perched on the seventh floor of Michigan Avenue’s Saks Fifth Avenue, this popular destination offers delicious fare with a stunning view. Watch the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers below while enjoying...

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Arts and Power
Thomas Connors, Laura Hine, Sarah Ryan, Jessie Sardina, Lisa Shames and David Zivan | December 12, 2014

Kate Lorenz
The Hyde Park Art Center marks 75 years, and its leader continues its remarkable history of community engagement.

Kate Lorenz has...

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