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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...
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...
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...
By Joel Reese | May 28, 2015
Here’s a piece of advice: Don’t get in Sarah Spain’s way.
The statuesque sports expert has already made a mark on the local media scene. But now, Spain, 34, has gone nationwide as the co-host of a weekly show on ESPN’s...
By Michael McCarthy | May 28, 2015
We’re on the beach dining with a small group, and my wife briefly turns away from a nearby conversation, leans over and kisses me. It’s a quick, passionate strike. There’s meaning behind this rum-punch smooch. Was she caught up in...
By Tony Rehagen | March 6, 2015
After 10 years onstage fronting bands in the Chicagoland area, there isn’t much Caitlin Simone hasn’t seen on a dance floor. The reserved nodders and toe-tappers. The adventuresome shoulder-swingers. The goofball butter-churners. And...
By Katie Schroeder | March 6, 2015
With a family tree stretching to Wales, where his grandfather was a tailor and grandmother a wedding dress-maker, it’s only fitting Joseph Mapes continues in the family biz. After a decade in the industry, he launched...
By Geoffrey Johnson | March 6, 2015
The rain would not let up. Driven by fierce winds, it had fallen steadily for days, drenching the black crepe that covered nearly every house and building in Chicago. The ebony banners had hung there two weeks now, ever since news of the assassination...
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