Chicago Magazine

12 articles
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When an antsy tech entrepreneur takes over a struggling newspaper.

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On the culture of misogyny and abuse at one of the nation’s largest megachurches.

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How a small-town comptroller became the biggest municipal embezzler in U.S. history.

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How a family man dentist got involved in an underage prostitution ring.

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Inside the shadowy meetings between Chicago’s violent gang members and its elected officials.

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Life inside the original Playboy Mansion.

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How one man terrorized a small Illinois town.

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On the unlikely friendship between Nelson Algren and the young writer during the final years of Algren’s life.

It was June of 1980 when Nelson called me breathlessly from the highway.

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In June, 1942, a German submarine dropped four young Nazi agents off on a Florida beach. Their mission was to blow up bridges, factories, and Jewish-owned department stores. Among them was Herbert Haupt, the 22-year-old son of a German-American family in Chicago.

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The life of Robert Earl Hughes, who at more than 1,000 lbs. was named largest man on earth by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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When Chicago’s Stevens Hotel opened in 1927, it was the biggest hotel in the world. By the time it was closed, it had bankrupted and caused the suicide of a member of the Stevens’ family (which included a seven-year-old future Justice John Paul Stevens), and changed the city forever.

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A veteran reporter investigates his own beating.