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Worthy Honorees • Wow, one of my former Columbia professors [Dawoud Bey] is on the same list as Jonathan Toews [“Chicagoans of the Year,” December]. What a city we live in.
More Money, More Problems • A darling of Chicago society draped herself in couture clothing and eye-catching jewels. But how her husband paid for them made him a target of lawsuits.
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Talking Points • This month’s essential cocktail party fodder
Reinventing the Mall • After losing four anchors in five years, Stratford Square became the poster child for the retail apocalypse. Now it’s attempting an equally dramatic makeover.
The Film Decoder • Jacqueline Stewart, University of Chicago cinema professor and new host of Turner Classic Movies’ Silent Sunday Nights, peeps at your TV screen on airplanes.
Getting Away With Murder • A report blasting the way the Chicago Police Department investigates homicides made headlines recently. Here, a deeper look at the yearlong study.
Is Fulton Market Unlivable? • It’s the place to be — if you’re a concrete construction barrier.
Permission to Parent Less • Rachel Bertsche, Chicago contributor and author of the new book The Kids Are in Bed, urges parents to plan playdates for themselves.
Clean Getaway • Channel a chic Captain Planet on your winter vacation with this eco-friendly swimwear.
Practical Whimsy • A new store from a cult design brand brings cheer through functional objects.
Fallon Ryan’s Muralist • The flack and star of Amazon Prime’s PR Girl on her favorite illustrator
Erin Heatherton • Model, weightlifting convert, Popsicle producer
Future Perfect • Plan smart for 2020 with analog calendars and planners from these local paper purveyors.
Start a Podcast • EXPERT: Eunji Kim, cocreator of The Ajumma Show
Renovation of the Heart • Dating coach Bela Gandhi attempts to transform my love life.
Walk the Line • Minimalism and boldness coexist in these black-and-white sneakers.
Flipping Out • At Gaijin, Paul Virant celebrates the art of okonomiyaki — savory Japanese pancakes.
Chill Chasers • Elske’s bar team turns mushrooms, dill, and even kitchen scraps into seasonal schnapps.
Take the Party Upstairs • A trio of popular bars have opened Airbnbs just in time for your winter staycation.
The Hot List • 10 places everyone’s talking about (in order of heat)
Thrilling Return • Carlos Gaytán is back with a deeply personal restaurant inspired by his Mexican hometown.
A Very Virtuous Cheeseburger
Citizen Ron • Two decades ago, at the peak of the dot-com boom, one internet impresario had all of Chicago’s tech world in his sweaty grip.
The Discerning Consumer’s Guide to To Getting High • The best strains, the tastiest edibles, the coolest accessories, indispensable expert advice — here’s everything you need to know as Chicago enters the legal cannabis era.
Welcome to the Dispensary! • A product guide for your first Chicago weed retail experience
I Did Not Inhale
ASK A BUDTENDER • Lorena Cupcake is a dispensary agent at Modern Cannabis (MOCA) in Logan Square.
Where to Buy • These Chicago-area dispensaries will be open for business in the new year. Most, if not all, are expected to have recreational licenses by January 1....