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What if Chicago doesn’t get the Obama Presidential Library?

February 2013

By Paige Wiser


The Obama Girl could be just one of the attractions at the Obama Presidential Library.

Imagine: distinguished scholars entering the stately entrance of the Obama Presidential Library at the University of Chicago, nodding respectfully at the words carved above in marble in some noble font — Fontenay Fancy, perhaps — immortalizing the legacy of our 44th head of state: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

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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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View From the Top: Mellody Hobson

The Ariel Investments president and board chair goes back to school.

From the November 5, 2012 issue of Michigan Avenue magazine

By Paige Wiser

mellody-hobsonTime obeys Mellody Hobson. So when she was asked to chair the non-profit program After School Matters, the head of Ariel Investments found a few hours a day more than the rest of us have.

She already serves on the board of the Chicago Public Library, the Field Museum, the Chicago Public Education Fund, and the Sundance Institute, as well as being a director of the Starbucks CorporationThe Estée Lauder Companies Inc.Dreamworks Animation SKG, Inc. and Groupon. But getting involved with After School Matters was an honor she couldn’t pass up.

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Mario Van Peebles brings Chicago authenticity to “Boss”


By Paige Wiser

Say this for Mario Van Peebles: Despite the dark themes of “Boss,” the director presides over a festive set.

Before filming ended on the second season July 10, Van Peebles shot a final scene at in a private suite at Arlington Park racetrack. Despite the chandeliers and gratuitous Doric columns, Van Peebles wore lime green shorts and boat shoes. The rest of the largely Chicago crew wore hats – fedoras, panamas, newsboy – in honor of their day at the races, darting off to make bets in between scenes.


Paige’s 2012 Oscar Predictions

This is the kind of thing I usually overthink. I mean, it’s not really all that fun to try to think like the typical Academy member: an old, white man. One of the voters is 101! But these are the nominees I think will win at the Academy Awards. And if you want to know how I would vote, I would give it to Melissa McCarthy in every acting category. And it would be “Man or Muppet” all the way.

Visit to compare with David Plummer’s picks.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • George Clooney in “The Descendants”
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Interview with Rosie O’Donnell

From the December 2011 issue of Michigan Avenue magazine


By Paige Wiser

Rosie O’Donnell may prefer to wear Crocs, but there’s no denying that she cleans up well – provided she doesn’t dress herself.

Her photo shoot at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater goes well for one main reason: The photographer is fast enough to finish before Rosie has exhausted the “Fiddler on the Roof” songbook. Singing, she loves. Glamour?

“I hate it,” says Rosie.

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