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Profiles

Windy City Man

Michael Polsky came to America from Ukraine with virtually nothing. Today his giant wind farms are generating millions.
Business Week Chicago, February 2008
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Baron in the Making

Jim Tyree built Mesirow Financial into a Chicago institution. Not bad for a hard-knocks kid from the South Side.
Business Week, May 2008
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Reviews

Kennebunkport, Maine, is perfectly disheveled

The Bergen Record, March 31, 1985
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Fevers of a young French heart

The Bergen Record, July 26, 1985
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Kid-friendly eateries dish up fun for everyone

Crain’s Chicago Business, April 19, 2004

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Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

[People, July, 2001 ]
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Old Town offers lunch break from Loop

Crain’s Chicago Business, March 15, 2004
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Features

Celebrating Vivian Maier, unsung street photographer

Crain’s Business Chicago, March 10, 2014
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Leveling the playing field even more

Crain’s Business Chicago, June 04, 2012
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From muggle to media mogul by age 25

Crain’s Business Chicago, April 23, 2012
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Director Zimmerman finds source material in unlikely places

Crain’s Business Chicago, December 19, 2011
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Humor

Something Borrowed: A Wedding Dress Makes the Rounds

Chicago Reader, December 8, 1995

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Back to the Present: Bliss in a Water Tank

Crain’s Chicago Business, August 3, 1998
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In the blog

Merman sex? In the hands of Rachel Ingalls, yes yes yes. Mrs. Caliban is her 1983 (newly reissued) short novel about Dorothy, a sad suburban housewife who harbors and falls in love with Larry, a sea creature escaped from a nearby lab. Why so sad? The death of a young son, a miscarriage, an unfaithful

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I have no books to recommend. I’ve been reading, of course. I admired but didn’t love Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here, which I thought would be about women’s friendships (if so, we’re doomed as a gender), but was really about neglect. Before that, I read What Maisie Knew, by Henry James, the mother of

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I made a bullet list but it seemed dull. We need to talk about why we loved a book, a film, a ballet this year. Here’s my favorites.  First, Joffrey Ballet’s Frankenstein was like no other ballet I’ve ever seen. Literally, electric. Also, frightening. Mary Shelley’s story is changed and tightened, though the themes of

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