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Inspired Environs
Amalie Drury | February 14, 2014

It’s a long walk from the elevator at Metropolitan Place to designer John Robert Wiltgen’s upper-floor condo. The Loop building was originally the headquarters and manufacturing facility for Chicago-based Florsheim Shoe Co., and...

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Burn, Baby, Burn
Matt Lee | November 19, 2013

Few names in the cigar world are as recognizable as Rocky Patel. But that has little to do with hype and everything to do with quality. The Rocky Patel Premium Cigar Company, which the former entertainment lawyer launched in 1995, has consistently...

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Girl About Town
Matt Lee | November 19, 2013

We’re just going to go ahead and call actress Hannah Ware a Chicagoan. Shortly after wrapping up a run playing Kelsey Grammer’s daughter on the Chicago-filmed series Boss, the London native is back in town, this time front and...

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Let’s Make a Deal
Jim McFarlin | November 19, 2013

Carl Sandburg famously labeled the Windy City “hog butcher for the world,” but the second line of his timeless poem “Chicago” was just as descriptive: “stacker of wheat.”

As author Jeffrey L. Rodengen...

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Enjoying the Ride
Brian Dukerschein | November 19, 2013

Talk about a man of diverse interests. While Todd Ricketts has embraced his role as co-owner and board member of the Chicago Cubs, his life is firmly grounded on the North Shore, where he runs Higher Gear (...

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Lighten Up
Lisa Shames | Courtesy Image | November 18, 2013

In the not so distant past, dining out and eating healthfully were two very separate entities, half-hearted diet plates notwithstanding. But these days it’s a far different story, with Chicago hot spots increasingly offering...

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Modern Marvel
Matt Lee | November 18, 2013

It’s doubtful that many realty magnates would have looked at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic IBM Building at 330 N. Wabash Ave. and thought: luxury hotel. But Dr. K.S. Lo, executive chairman of the Langham Hospitality Group, comes at things from...

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Powder Play
Misty Milioto | November 18, 2013

Skiing doesn’t get much better than on the West Coast. For starters, there’s Mammoth Mountain (, which...

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Being There is Half the Fun
Ray Roger | November 18, 2013

Some comedians don’t do funny on their days off. Jason Sudeikis isn’t one of them. He’s been cracking up late-night viewers for the past 10 years, both as a writer and on-air talent for Saturday Night Live...

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English Class
Nate Chapnick | November 15, 2013

A vehicle so exclusive its key is made of crystal, Aston Martin’s newest flagship supercar, the Vanquish, is a study in both performance and aesthetics. With a 6.0-liter V12 engine capable of generating 565 horsepower, the Vanquish rockets...

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The Rum Diaries
Matt Lee | August 21, 2013

Pour it up, pour it up!” Rihanna sings over the radio as we drive from the airport to our hotel. Our just-acquainted tour group smiles at each other and laughs. We’re in Barbados. Rihanna is from Barbados. Get it?


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