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Chi Lives: nurturing an old talent

We’re riding in a limousine to the School of the Art Institute. Ninety-two-year-old Hilda Gorenstein sits behind me, pulling my shoulder belt so tight it feels like it’s cutting into my collarbone. She’s trying to stand. “She said she wanted to go dancing today,” says Paul Rydz, who is driving. “I don’t,” Hilda says. “Sit […]

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In HIs Father’s Shoes

By Cheryl Ross Natalie Cole and her father Nat are singing a duet at the Original Rogers Park Shoe Repair, 1330 W. Morse. John Peter Geroulis sings along as he juggles repairs to five different shoes. He’s 55 and well-padded, with salt-and-pepper hair. As he works and sings he also smiles. When he’s really pleased […]

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Chi Lives: prodigal proprietor

It’s after midnight at the Underground Wonder Bar on East Walton. Lonie Walker, the co-owner, is at the piano, crooning in her husky voice songs like “Rainy Night in Georgia” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” She’s wearing a dress–black, short, and stylish–which, she cracks, she does twice a year “whether I want to or […]

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Pet Shots

George Ireland has driven 40 minutes from his photo studio in Rogers Park to a client’s home in Buffalo Grove, and as he sets up in the sunroom, he hopes it won’t be a wasted trip. One of his portrait subjects is hiding behind a stair post. The other is zonked out on sedatives. “Never, […]

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Undercover Brother

A black general (Billy Dee Williams) eyeing the White House suddenly dumps his political aspirations and opens a fried-chicken chain. A top secret African-American-rights outfit suspects the Man is to blame and puts “Undercover Brother” (Eddie Griffin), with his razor-sharp Afro picks, on the case. Based on John Ridley’s animated Internet cartoon and written by […]