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Suspended Disbelief
Thomas Connors | March 29, 2011 Ever since the Greeks dangled “gods” by crane over the stages of their dramas, theater artists have reveled in developing new ways to conjure fantastic situations and transport audiences to imaginary realms. This spring, two very...

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Hawky Town
Michael Nagrant | March 25, 2011 He spent 24 years building up one of the most recognizable teams in pro sports. It was his dream job. He was at the top of his game. And then he walked away.    It wasn’t supposed to be like that. It was supposed to be much worse. He graduated 311...

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Tasty Tome
Kate Kupla | March 25, 2011

From his humble beginnings as the resident “egg-cracker” at his family’s restaurant in Marine City, Mich., to his acceptance of the 2007 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, 36-year-old Grant Achatz has come a long way. His new...

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Reluctantly Royal
Elina Fuhrman | March 24, 2011 He’s seen me wince, double-checking my watch. “I’m always early,” announces the ever-observant Paul Bettany, saying it almost regally, as though granting me a pardon. The actor has just finished his tempeh bacon California Club...

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Inn for a Treat
Michael Nagrant | March 24, 2011 The interior of Hubbard Inn looks as if the Goodman Theatre’s prop room blew up, was swept across the river and landed in a perfectly arranged maelstrom of antique-store chic. I’m talking flickering candelabra; throne-like dining chairs; an...

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Fan Favorites
Katie Schroeder | March 18, 2011

We're cheering for the quirky cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop
If cupcakes have jumped the shark, you wouldn’t know it from the line that snaked down the lobby of the 303 W. Madison building on Crumbs Bake Shop’s first day...

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Art for Hire
Katie Schroeder | March 15, 2011

Revolving Collections Gallery helps you score your art fix.

Ever wonder how some homes rotate art faster than Barneys rolls out a new season? Here’s a little secret: While the homeowners may want you to think they have the eye for...

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Singing the Blues
Elise Hofer | March 8, 2011

With spring so close that we can almost smell the fresh-cut grass, we’re amped about turning in our turtlenecks for easy-breezy clothes that don’t involve a lot of forethought. Thank heavens for the new Jil Sander Navy line. The...

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Lane Change!
By Sam Wasson | March 2, 2011

Diane Lane’s eyes are bouncing around the room, searching for an analogy. “This place is like…” She’s always doing this. And she’s always getting it right. “This place is like a dollhouse.”

It’s true...

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The Comeback Kid
By Michael Nagrant | March 2, 2011

Exciting, energetic and a little claustrophobic, the old Avec—that is, before the grease chute fire that closed the restaurant down for almost three months last year—was the dining equivalent of a sweaty punk show without the band....

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Modern Manners
By Amalie Drury | March 2, 2011

In the words of Victorian-era educator Thomas H. Palmer, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” In 2000, when a Lincoln Park couple with a growing family laid eyes on a graceful mansion on a rare oversized lot—built in...

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The Truth About Ted
Elise Hofer | February 28, 2011

When considering interview candidates for our spring fashion issue (out on stands this week!), we immediately thought of Ted Baker, whose eponymous store Ted Baker London recently opened on Rush Street. We contacted the publicist and, to our...

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