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Sinful City

Who us, wholesome? As the new book Gold Coast Madam attests, Chicagoans are not that innocent

From the 2012-13 Winter issue of Michigan Avenue magazine

By Paige Wiser


The Everleigh sisters.

To the rest of the country, Chicago – sexually speaking — is about as wholesome as it gets.

We’re better known for our colorful corruption. For fixing World Series games, say, and raffling off Senate seats. When Republican Jack Ryan finally came through with a real sex scandal, it turned out to be with his own wife, for God’s sake.

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Common on AMC’s upcoming “Hell on Wheels”

I interviewed Common for the cover of Michigan Avenue magazine. He was pretty smooth.

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Movie review: ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’

One star

I read Allison Pearson’s book recently, when I was in the thick of my own work-life balance crisis. I was exhausted from erratic hours, feeling guilty that I wasn’t with my kids when I was working, feeling guilty that I wasn’t working when I was with my kids, and dehydrated in an effort to cut back on bathroom breaks. I consumed the book in a frenzy, eager to get to the end to find out what the answer was. Heroine Kate Reddy had it all: kids, career, romance. So how did she do it?

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