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A Different Light
Tower of Awe • I loved these St. Regis photos and the architect commentary from Jeanne Gang [“Between Water and Sky,” February]. I can’t wait to walk the property for both the amazing views and architecture and seeing that gradient glass up close.
Your Best Cookie Pics
Talking Points • This month’s essential Zoom happy hour chatter
Party’s Over • Ousting Michael Madigan as House speaker is just the beginning of the Illinois Democrats’ renovation. Next up: ditching him and his outdated tactics from the party chairmanship.
SOCIAL MEDIA SMACKDOWN! • Sizing up which party rules the state’s digital scene
Second City’s Second Life • New executive producer Jon Carr aims to rehabilitate the iconic improv company.
Porch of Dreams • A walk through this $1.55 million historical home in La Grange could almost make you forget what year it is — except for, you know, the 21st-century appliances.
Griffin Gone Wild • What could Citadel CEO Ken Griffin have bought with $2 billion instead of bailing out Melvin Capital from its short-sale losses in the GameStop and Robinhood fiasco?
Piping Plovers at Montrose Beach • Two endangered birds have already bent a music festival to their winged will. Can Monty and Rose conquer the Chicago Park District?
Pot Property • A Brighton Park entrepreneur finds his niche pairing houseplants with eclectic vessels.
Millennial Pink Haze • Nary a black light or shred of tie-dye can be found at this high-end, femme-friendly smoke shop.
Elizabeth Cronin’s Sneakers • The Asrai Garden mastermind and Full Bloom judge on her low-top shop
Ben and Jacqueline Duke • Wellness pros, bodybuilders, supplement superfans
After the Final Rose • What’s it like to date a boy-band manager and Bachelorette contestant?
The New Happy Hour • Make your after-work time at home special with bartender-delivered cocktails, chef-conceived retro snacks, the coolest new canned drinks, and more.
Drinks to Your Door • Miss having a pro mix your cocktail? Try one of these new delivery services from some of the city’s top bartenders.
Become an Armchair Sommelier • These three new wine clubs offer something for everyone.
Go Ahead, Splurge • With restaurant-quality ingredients now at your disposal, you can put together the ultimate fancy cocktail hour spread.
Crack Open a Cold One • And we’re not talking about beer. Think margaritas, Malört spritzes, and fruity sparklers — all in the can.
The Chicago Cookbook • 50 must-try recipes from our favorite restaurants
Rabbits in a Blanket? • Oh yes. These cheffy twists on old-school cocktail party snacks will make for an even happier happy hour.
Exit the Mailman • Rewatching Karl Malone face the Bulls in the ’97 finals prompts a hoops fanatic to ponder the psychic implications of the free throw.
THE NEW POWER 30 • Over the eventful past year, the Chicagoans in this ranking have stepped up in a big way, wielding newfound clout and making change happen.
Roberto REQUEJO CARBALLO
Tiffany WALDEN & Morgan Elise JOHNSON
Friendships in BLACK & WHITE • When it comes to best friends, does race matter? How these four interracial pairs answered that question might surprise you.
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