• Dieter Roelstraete. He plays the gong.

Unlike most, Dieter Roelstraete, new Manilow senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is drawn to Chicago’s traditional winter climate. “It’s the kind that forces people inside. Chicagoans spend a lot of time with books. As someone trained in philosophy, Chicago is an interesting place because of that,” says Roelstraete while sitting under a photo of Martin Heidegger at the Cafe Descartes downtown. Roelstraete, who began his career as a writer, is also drawn to Chicago’s strong educational infrastructure and the dialogue around art. And of course there’s Chicago’s blue-collar history. “New York is like Disneyland and LA is a freak show. Chicago is more like how an American city should be.”