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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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Last Train
By Geoffrey Johnson | March 6, 2015

The rain would not let up. Driven by fierce winds, it had fallen steadily for days, drenching the black crepe that covered nearly every house and building in Chicago. The ebony banners had hung there two weeks now, ever since news of the assassination...

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Six-Figure Saloons
By Nate Chapnick | March 5, 2015

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600: The Rebirth of Maybach
Move over Karl Benz, Mercedes’ new ultraexclusive luxury sedan ditches the Benz name in favor of Maybach, a brand moniker that was last used for Mercedes-...

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Boning Up
Anthony Todd | Photo courtesy of Galdones photography | March 4, 2015

Small plates are so 2013. The trend right now is huge pieces of perfectly cooked beef meant for sharing. Fit for a king (or a royal family), the meat’s presence in the middle of the table, on a giant board,...

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Taking Off
By Jesus Torres | March 4, 2015

Alexander Knox can vouch: The fashion industry presents fierce obstacles for those seeking to ascend to the highest ranks. At the age of 22, Knox was selected to compete on the 13th season of Project Runway, where he faced time- and money-restricted...

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Siren's Song
By Jim McFarlin | March 4, 2015

Growing up, Janina Gavankar admits, “I was that annoying kid who put [her] energy into any and all things—from musical productions to drumline.” Few would consider her annoying now, though she’s just as busy. The Dutch-...

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From the Top
By David Zivan | March 4, 2015

An ordinary Wednesday morning in January, bright and cold, and inside the glowing main room of Orchestra Hall, Riccardo Muti is about to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a rehearsal of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No...

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Inner Strength
By Warren Weitzman with contributions by Beth Weitzman | March 4, 2015

As the go-to retreat for the frenzied, harried, hypertense and otherwise overworked jet-setters, Chiva-Som (said to mean “haven of life”), one of...

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Catching Air
Misty Milioto | December 2, 2014

With nine premier ski resorts situated around picturesque Lake Tahoe, opportunities for prime skiing and snowboarding abound. In addition to near-perfect snow, two of our favorite resorts—...

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Turning a Corner
Tony Green | November 26, 2014

“Brake! Hard! Now!” is what my instructor is yelling at me over the growl of the engine. What did I do wrong?

“Brake! Now!” Was it my line on that last corner? I’d hit the entry point, kissed...

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