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Heart of the Valley
Beth Weitzman | July 31, 2014

Having vision is a very powerful thing—especially when possessed by a driving force like the late Joan Austin. Having passed away last year at age 81, her legacy lives on through the eco-luxe ...

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High Flyer
Michael Austin | July 31, 2014

Sir Richard Branson wants to take you to outer space, but he wants to make sure you’ve had a good night’s sleep before you go. To that end he is building his first city hotel in the Second City.

“You’re meant to be very discerning people,...

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Independent Spirit
Dimitri Ehrlich | July 31, 2014

Maggie Gyllenhaal has emerged as one of the most successful actresses of her generation while managing to remain remarkably under the radar. This paradox was on full display when I arrived at the Greenwich Hotel, a chic and unassuming hideaway in lower...

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Lounge Acts
Lisa Shames | July 25, 2014

1. Celeste
Attention to detail abounds at this gorgeous multistory River North newcomer—from its Louis Sullivan-inspired metalwork to its gold-leaf ceiling. That same...

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New Patio Hot Spots for Summer
Carly Gerber | July 16, 2014

1. Bottlefork
At the newest venture from Rockit Ranch Productions, including former Four Seasons Chicago chef Kevin Hickey, creative riffs on...

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The Lunch Bunch
Chiara Milioulis | July 11, 2014

1. Sepia
WHO GOES: The Michelin-starred menu impresses regular patrons like Mayor Rahm Emanuel. INSIDER TIP: The Pinto Box, an all-in-one lunch box inspired by local designer Maria Pinto, comes in a...

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Change is Good
Lisa Shames | Photography by Anthony Tahlier | July 8, 2014

Boka has been open for 10 years, and for a restaurant that’s a lifetime,” says Kevin Boehm, who, along with partner Rob Katz, is behind some of Chicago’s...

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Taking Flight
Kristin J. Larson | July 8, 2014

“In my opinion, Lagi Nadeau’s style is close to a glamorous version of a Kate Spade—with a twist,” says Andrea Schwartz. “She is strong, and she knows her customer.” That’s high praise from Schwartz, a vice president at...

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High Steaks
The Editors | July 8, 2014

1. 437 Rush
This classic Italian go-to just off the Mag Mile has whisked away its white tablecloths and emerged with a sleek, contemporary look. The 30-ounce prime rib-eye chop ($59),...

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The Power Principle
Mike Espindle | July 8, 2014

Jaguar created something of a sensation with the release of the F-Type convertible last year: A sporty two-seater that delivered an appealing and distinctly modern-classic British look. With the release of the new F-Type R Coupe, the game changes: With the...

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