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How to Survive 24 Hours at O’Hare

I arrived on a Tuesday morning, armed with a ticket to Denver that I would not be using, on an airline that may or may not exist, and made my way …

The CPD Has a Few New Tricks

<b>“What else could it be?”</b><p>The Chicago Police Department retroactively classified the cases of Tiara Groves and gunshot victim Patrick Walker—another …

How a Kid from Rural Illinois Made Slagel Family Farm the Hottest Meat Purveyor in Chicago

Above: LouisJohn Slagel on the Fairbury, Illinois, farm with his son Branson and the in-demand hogs (top), and making a delivery on West Fulton …

Farming

Let Us Celebrate the Suntman

“Because Rick comes out of feature films, he treats the stunts on this show like they’re for a $100 million movie,” says Sandy Bookstaver, the …

Jose Abreu Talks for the First Time About Leaving Cuba

They left in the middle of the night, entrusting their fate to a tiny boat, its two motors, and the ink-black sea. For 12 hours, they pressed on. …

Baseball

Special Report: Where to Buy Now

Steve Dahl Won’t Shut Up

Photo: Clayton Hauck<p>He was finished. As in, done. It was 2008. Talk radio was dead. The kind of talk he liked to do, anyway. The kind that had made …

The Last Hike of David Gimelfarb

Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a vast wonderland filled with ancient trees, postcard-perfect waterfalls, and bubbling geothermal mud pits that …

The Long Rebound for Darrell Williams

Above: Williams at his old high school, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy, on the South Side Photo: Peter Hoffman<p>His dream survives even now, even …

Chicago Magazine’s Power 100

Is Hannibal Buress the Funniest Man Alive?

Above: Hannibal Buress, photographed on February 18 Photo: Chris Buck<p>On a painfully cold Thursday morning, Hannibal Buress—his sloped shoulders …

Chicago’s Criminals Are Getting Away With Murder

On a bitter cold February day—six months after her 16-year-old son, Cornell Ferguson, and his friend Johnqualas Turner were gunned down—Ashia Guy …

Jahlil Okafor Is On His Way Up

The 45-minute video is like an intimate time capsule: five days in the life of a young couple, never married, struggling to raise two kids while …

Heavy

A few months ago, this magazine published photographs from the portfolio of Robert Natkin, a local photographer who worked in the 1940s and 1950s. …

The 2017 Guide to Summer Music Festivals

Chicago Gospel Music Festival<p>June 2–3<p>Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center<p>Who’s Playing Glenn Johnson, Jonathan McReynolds, VaShawn …

Read the FBI Files of Chicago’s Black Literary Legends

William Maxwell, a professor at Washington University and an expert in African-American literature, filed 106 FOIA requests in the process of writing …

The Wrenching Fall of a Champion

The news this morning was crushingly awful: Little League International had revoked the titles won by Jackie Robinson West.<p>The announcement would …

What’s Next for Cards Against Humanity

Photo: Nathan Michael<p>Max Temkin is giddy. “That’s really cool. Oh, I love that,” says the cocreator of Cards Against Humanity, pointing to a vaguely …

These 5 Amazing Medical Innovations Are Being Developed in Chicago

Behind the Beanie Babies: The Secret Life of Ty Warner

Above: Warner outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in October 2013 Photo: Anthony Souffle/<i>Chicago Tribune</i><p>For an intensely private billionaire, one who …

Common is Back in the Neighborhood

Jackie Robinson West is playing in its first Little League World Series game, and Common can’t stop sneaking peeks at the TV in his Trump Tower hotel …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Why Is Chicago Losing Its Catholics?

Beyond the metal barricades and phalanx of cops blocking off State Street, inside the massive stone-walled Gothic cathedral, right near the polished …

Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago

On the night that Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla strode into the lobby of the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, the price on his head was $5 …

Mexico

Should You Use Dibs?

Published Feb. 2, 2015<p>It’s the day after a blizzard, which mean it’s time for Chicagoans to once again trot out their favorite arguments for or …

Why Chicago’s MasterChef Star Killed Himself

Things got worse the next day. Having returned to Chicago, Marks was involved in a serious crash that involved several cars. Writing about the …

Mental Health

How Bob Odenkirk Became Saul Goodman

Photos: Saverio Truglia; Creative Retouching: Stick Digital; Make Up: Rose Austra; Wardrobe Stylist: Courtney Rust/Wardrobe courtesy of Sak Fifth …

Comedy

Six Big Ideas to Fix That Big Hole in the Ground

Conceived a decade ago in the same fit of exuberance that produced Aqua, Trump Tower, and other skyscrapers along the Chicago River, the Chicago …

Skyscrapers

Why the Billy Goat Tavern’s Jeff Magill Is Such a Great Bartender

Above: Magill at the Michigan Avenue outpost of the Billy Goat Tavern Photo: Taylor Castle<p>A real bartender remembers you. He uses your name. A real …

The Remarkable Rise and Fall of McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson

McDonald’s corporate headquarters, in the suburb of Oak Brook, is an island of serenity, with Prairie-style buildings reposed amid 80 acres of …