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Life After COVID
Behind the Mask
Senator’s War Story • This is a really incredible telling of a horrific period of time [“The Day Tammy Duckworth’s Black Hawk Went Down,” April]. Proud to call Senator Duckworth my rep and awed by her strength then … and now, to tell her story in such vivid and visceral detail.
Best Plant Photos
Talking Points • This month’s essential Zoom happy hour chatter
Razed From Within • Illinois Republicans have lost their mojo, and it’s going to take a major recalibration to rebuild.
The Exelon Split • The company is severing ComEd and its other utilities from its power generation — the Brad and Angelina of Chicago corporate breakups. But how will this affect your bill?
Mobile Mansion • The grand manse at 400 Washington Road in Lake Forest is more than 120 years old — but it hasn’t always had that address.
Code Cures • Our wish list for the vaccine-wrangling whiz kid
Hunter-Gatherer • A staple for North Shore antique collectors relocates, eclectic POV intact.
Flash of Style • Ireland’s favorite purveyor of trends proves that State Street remains undefeated for one-stop shopping.
Ask a Budtender • Featuring Datrianna Meeks
Tinsley Mortimer • Socialite, reality TV star, boxing buff
Shake and Baked • Can working out on a vibrating plate make me as fit as a Russian cosmonaut?
Party Starters • Bartender Tim Williams’s high-end cocktail mixers go with whatever spirit you have on hand.
Bread Winners • Ready to give your sourdough starter a rest? Try the delicious loaves from these enterprising newcomers instead.
The Hot List • 10 places everyone’s talking about (in order of heat)
LaVelle and Me • On friendship, sneakers, and being a Black man with a plan in a city that too often eats its own
THE 10 BEST DAY-TRIP HIKES • FORGET THE TENT OR HOTEL ROOM. THESE DESTINATIONS OFFER A BUNDANT NATURAL BEAUTY, FROM CANYONS AND WATERFALLS TO PRAIRIES AND DUNES, WITHIN THREE HOURS OF THE CITY.
THE GREAT CHICAGO THRU-HIKE • IT MAY NOT BE AS LONG (OR AS MOUNTAINOUS) AS THE APPALACHIAN AND PACIFIC CREST TRAILS, BUT THE 200-MILE OUTERBELT ROUTE, ESTABLISHED IN 2018, IS THE CITY’S OWN BUCKET-LIST MEGAHIKE. HERE’S APLAN FOR TACKLING IT IN 19 DAYS.
WHAT COVID SURVIVORS KNOW • As these testimonies reveal, those who have had the most severe cases face profound and often lasting effects that experts are still struggling to understand.
Objects of Fascination • If you visit the Chicago History Museum, you will see only a fraction of its unparalleled collection. Among the hundreds of thousands of treasures carefully stashed away are these eight unique artifacts, each a window into a chapter of the city’s past.
Chicago’s Arts Scene Has a Race Problem • Canas even-year-old antiracism nonprofit solve it? The city’s biggest cultural institutions a re betting heavily that it can.
The Sound of Spectacle • On their new album, Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble channel a chaotic time of pandemic and protest through an energetic sonic collage.
George Wendt • The actor, 72, on causing a stir at a Sox game, cleaning out Royko’s office, and dancing in heels