Michigan Avenue - - CONTENTS - J.P. AN­DER­SON

When I was 11, I made up my mind: I was go­ing to be an ac­tor. A fifth grader, I had just made my de­but in a high school pro­duc­tion of Oliver—de­liv­er­ing my sin­gle line with all the dra­matic in­trigue of a so­lil­o­quy—and I was to­tally hooked. The bril­liant lights, the elec­tric ten­sion back­stage, the hushed si­lence of a crowd hang­ing on ev­ery word, the rap­tur­ous ca­coph­ony of ap­plause… We were just kids and the au­di­ence was mostly our par­ents, but to me it felt like Broad­way. Ul­ti­mately I chose the page over the stage, but the ex­pe­ri­ence kick-started a life­long pas­sion for the­ater that con­tin­ues to this day.

Our cover star, the in­cred­i­ble Laura Lin­ney, knows the rush of the stage more than most: As the ac­claimed ac­tress (who con­sid­ers Chicago a sec­ond home) re­vealed to me in a de­light­ful, far-rang­ing con­ver­sa­tion for our cover story (page 110), she con­sid­ers her train­ing at Juil­liard the most im­por­tant thing that has hap­pened in her ca­reer, and is still re­ceiv­ing ac­co­lades for her as­ton­ish­ing turn play­ing two roles in The Lit­tle Foxes. We’re thrilled to toast her suc­cess both on stage and screen (she’s now gen­er­at­ing tons of buzz with Ja­son Bate­man in the new Net­flix show Ozark), not to men­tion her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all things Chicago.

That’s just the tip of the ice­berg for our Fall Fash­ion 2017 is­sue.

The city’s new cul­tural sea­son gets started with a bang, from world­class art at EXPO Chicago to the re­turn of the Chicago Ar­chi­tec­ture Bi­en­nial. And be­fit­ting our theme, there’s fash­ion at ev­ery turn, from a spot­light on glob­ally minded lo­cal de­signer Anadil Johnson to a look at the must-have, made-in-chicago denim trend and a sump­tu­ous fea­ture on the sea­son’s lat­est looks. One thing is cer­tain: From cap­ti­vat­ing cul­ture to cut­ting-edge style, fall in Chicago is al­ways a se­ri­ous rush.

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