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Homecoming Queen • Awesome read [“Candace Parker Comes Home,” June/July]. She talked about things that happened throughout her career that I’ve always wanted to know more about. And she looks bomb!
Your Best Patio Photos
Talking Points • This month’s essential cocktail party fodder
Tactical Switch • How Chicago’s lawsuit against an Indiana firearms shop could affect the future of gun control
All-American Teens • Writer Elly Fishman gets us to reconsider the refugee narrative after a year embedded at Sullivan High School.
Postpandemic-Palooza • The Goliath of local music festivals pledges a COVID-free crowd. Headliners include No Masks, Full Capacity, and Calculated Risk. Sound fun, stressful, or both?
Stars’ Homes, Judged • An Edgebrook couple who spent the pandemic assessing residences on Facebook with their HGTV-like Gays Judge the Neighborhood take on the rich and famous for us.
Good to Grow • A plant shop that started on a quiet cul-de-sac is now a destination storefront.
Potions of Youth • A new line of beauty products by Chicago-based doctor to the stars Julius Few may trick Father Time into thinking you’re 21 again.
Ask a Budtender • Featuring Datrianna Meeks
Brian Jupiter • Chef, muay thai fiend, water guzzler
Consequence of Sound • Can an energy healing session steel me for reentry into the postpandemic world?
Hot Dogs, Unleashed • At Bronzeville’s Hot Dog Box, a father-daughter duo serves up some of the wildest franks in town.
Summer of Swizzles • The icy drinks, usually rum based, are all over menus. Chill out with these five.
Hot Pot of Gold
The Hot List • 10 places everyone’s talking about (in order of heat)
The Sales Don’t Stop • A red-hot housing market has fueled a numbers surge for the real estate agents on our annual rankings of top sellers.
Top Real Estate Agents • Rankings based on 2020 residential sales in the six-county metro area
Top Real Estate Teams • Rankings based on 2020 residential sales in the six-county metro area
Fish at Your Own Risk • Two decades ago, the mother of all angling competitions came to Chicago. Things couldn’t have gone much worse.
BEST OF the new CHICAGO • The 58 people, places, foods, and finds that emerged from the darkness of the pandemic to make our reopened city even better than before
Para.Mar Dance Theatre
THE FIVE BEST NEW SANDWICHES
ENCHANTED GARDEN TREEHOUSE AIRBNB
Music Box Theatre
El Che Meat & Provisions and Daisies Market
DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS
Kelly Bauer, breaking news editor at Block Club Chicago
The Quarantine Times
Bokuchan’s Japanese Curry House
ROGER J. CARTER
Community Kitchen and the Love Fridge
Wheelys Coffee Lounge
HAMANTASCHEN AT JEFF & JUDES
VARGO BROTHER FERMENTS
Quesabirria at Milkstop
THE 10 BEST NEW PIZZAS
JEREMY E. JOYCE
The Green Flamingo
Online writing classes from the Newberry Library