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Steak Out!
Lisa Shames | September 2, 2015

We know what you’re thinking: Does Chicago really need more steakhouses? When done right, as with these six stellar newcomers—ranging from a French-inspired boutique steakhouse in Portage Park to an elegant 250-seater right on the river...

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Return Voyage
By Sarah Ryan | September 2, 2015

Guiding advice to budding writers is often, “Write what you know.” But for Chicago-based author Robert Kurson—veteran of the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago magazine and Esquire, and author of The New...

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Hop In
By Sarah Ryan | September 2, 2015

GOOSE ISLAND
When out-of-towners think Chicago beer, they likely think Goose Island—started in 1988, it was one of the earliest to make a splash on Chicago’s...

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Game Changer
By Lisa Shames | September 2, 2015

You never know what you might find when you take a 125-year-old landmark building that’s been vacant for five years and attempt to turn it into a 241-room world-class hotel. And that’s just fine with John Pritzker, who, as chairman of...

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Timelessly Exotic
By Jimmy Im | September 2, 2015

The last thing I expected in Laos—land of iconic Southeast Asian street food, centuries-old monasteries, saffron-robed monks and bustling night markets—was a bear sanctuary. But here I stood, at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre...

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The Italian-American
By Mike Espindle | May 29, 2015

The designers at the Ducati factory outside of Bologna will likely disapprove, but I’m just going to say it. As a lifelong rider, I can say the new 2015 Ducati Diavel is one of the...

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Coming Up Roses
By Joel Reese | May 29, 2015

Alex Dana leaves no doubt about his role in the Rosebud restaurant empire. “My business card says, ‘Alex Dana—The Boss,’” he notes proudly. “That’s it...

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Home on the Hill
By Joel Reese | May 29, 2015

It’s been a crazy year for Jeff Samardzija, but now he has ended up exactly where he wanted.

The towering former Notre Dame wide receiver began last year as a stud pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, who traded him to the Oakland A’s in...

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Getting the Boot
Lisa Shames | Photo by Anthony Tahlier | May 28, 2015

No, it’s not just your imagination—there have been a lot of new Italian restaurants opening up in Chicago. But while Italy is only slightly bigger than Arizona, it’s a country rich...

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Funny Girl
By Jim McFarlin | May 28, 2015

Ever since high school, Lauren Lapkus has been told she has a—well, “unique” look.

“I think what that means is that I don’t look like everyone else,” muses Lapkus, the improvisational comedian and...

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