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Timelessly Exotic
By Jimmy Im | September 2, 2015

The last thing I expected in Laos—land of iconic Southeast Asian street food, centuries-old monasteries, saffron-robed monks and bustling night markets—was a bear sanctuary. But here I stood, at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre...

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The Italian-American
By Mike Espindle | May 29, 2015

The designers at the Ducati factory outside of Bologna will likely disapprove, but I’m just going to say it. As a lifelong rider, I can say the new 2015 Ducati Diavel is one of the...

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Coming Up Roses
By Joel Reese | May 29, 2015

Alex Dana leaves no doubt about his role in the Rosebud restaurant empire. “My business card says, ‘Alex Dana—The Boss,’” he notes proudly. “That’s it...

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Home on the Hill
By Joel Reese | May 29, 2015

It’s been a crazy year for Jeff Samardzija, but now he has ended up exactly where he wanted.

The towering former Notre Dame wide receiver began last year as a stud pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, who traded him to the Oakland A’s in...

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Getting the Boot
Lisa Shames | Photo by Anthony Tahlier | May 28, 2015

No, it’s not just your imagination—there have been a lot of new Italian restaurants opening up in Chicago. But while Italy is only slightly bigger than Arizona, it’s a country rich...

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Funny Girl
By Jim McFarlin | May 28, 2015

Ever since high school, Lauren Lapkus has been told she has a—well, “unique” look.

“I think what that means is that I don’t look like everyone else,” muses Lapkus, the improvisational comedian and...

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Making the Call
By Joel Reese | May 28, 2015

Here’s a piece of advice: Don’t get in Sarah Spain’s way.

The statuesque sports expert has already made a mark on the local media scene. But now, Spain, 34, has gone nationwide as the co-host of a weekly show on ESPN’s...

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On Island Time
By Michael McCarthy | May 28, 2015

We’re on the beach dining with a small group, and my wife briefly turns away from a nearby conversation, leans over and kisses me. It’s a quick, passionate strike. There’s meaning behind this rum-punch smooch. Was she caught up in...

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The Right Moves
By Tony Rehagen | March 6, 2015

After 10 years onstage fronting bands in the Chicagoland area, there isn’t much Caitlin Simone hasn’t seen on a dance floor. The reserved nodders and toe-tappers. The adventuresome shoulder-swingers. The goofball butter-churners. And...

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Tailor Made
By Katie Schroeder | March 6, 2015

With a family tree stretching to Wales, where his grandfather was a tailor and grandmother a wedding dress-maker, it’s only fitting Joseph Mapes continues in the family biz. After a decade in the industry, he launched...

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