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Kid-friendly eateries dish up fun for everyone

Crain’s Chicago Business, April 19, 2004
Most workdays, children and professionals are best kept in separate corners. But not on April 22, when millions of youngsters nationwide will grab a glimpse of their future as part of Ms. Foundation’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” now in its 10th year. Here are a few kid-tested lunch spots downtown.
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Old Town offers lunch break from Loop

Crain’s Chicago Business, March 15, 2004
With its comedy clubs, Old Town comes to life at night, so dropping in for
lunch can be like visiting a resort off season. But the architecture-brick row houses and cobbled mews-shops and diverse lunch spots make it a terrific daytime destination, too. Old Town is just a hop from the Loop (an $8 cab, or the Brown Line to Sedgwick). Parking lots and valets charge $8.
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Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

People Magazine, July 2001
Oh-so-smart Manhattan book editor Katie Wilkinson is kicking herself for
being oh-so-blind: Matt, her out-of-town lover for nearly a year, has just dumped her, leaving her with a diary-written by his wife, Suzanne.
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Fevers of a Young French Heart

The Bergen Record, July 26, 1985
“The Lover” is a small, odd gem of a novel: It glistens from the beat of its subtropic setting, and flashes with violence. It is unsentimental and sparely written, and its unusual narrative structure makes it a standout among recent novels. …
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Kennebunkport, Maine, is perfectly disheveled

The Bergen Record March 31, 1985
Some resort towns are too close to perfect, with a glut of charming inns and taffy shops that robs them of the character that first attracted visitors. This town isn’t perfect, but It does have the right ingredients for a seaside resort.
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I curate the literature listings in Crain’s Chicago Business quarterly Guide to Culture. I feature visits by blockbuster authors, the U.S. poet laureate, scientists, historians. For this list I am always on the lookout for Chicago-based authors. This season I am newly and happily acquainted with three local writers. I read Dave Reidy’s The Voice Over

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