It's the 2013 edition of the People Issue, in which we explore the lives of 19 Chicagoans—from a comedian to a brewer to a bike mechanic—to answer a simple-sounding question: What makes Chicago work? In their columns, Deanna Isaacs reports on a permanent collection at Chicago's Ukrainian National Museum that sheds light on the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine, and Ben Joravsky unveils the latest proposal to spend TIF money in an area that doesn't need it. In You Are Here, a section that highlights evidence of life in these times, the latest Space guides you through the dollhouse in Tiffany Gholar's Fine Arts Building studio.
Mince pie was once inextricable from our national identity. Blamed for bad health, murderous dreams, the downfall of Prohibition, and the decline of the white race, it nonetheless persisted as an American staple through the 1940s. So what happened?