ML - Michigan Avenue

2015 - Issue 2 - Late Spring

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photography by brooke Collins/City of ChiCago (emanuel); leigh loftus (food) Follow me on Twitter at @JP_ Anderson and at // this issue // on my r adar From favorite new favors to the return of America's pastime, three things I'm anticipating for spring… 1. Strolling through brand-new Maggie Daley Park as it blooms for the frst time. 2. People-watching at River North classic Piccolo Sogno Due over bar bites like arancini with meat ragu. 3. Catching early-season ball games at U.S. Cellular Field and at the newly made-over Wrigley Field. Catching up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and chef Art Smith at the Equality Illinois Gala, themed "Love is Love." It's practIcally a rIte of sprIng: As soon as the mercury climbs back to 50, Chicagoans shed their layers and f lood the city's parks and paths in a spontaneous celebration of the end of winter. You can hardly blame us for being overzealous; after months indoors, the prospect of the city coming to life again is enough to send even the most modest city dweller skipping into the brisk April air in shorts and a T-shirt. Seeing the first buds on the trees and the first tulips poking up on Michigan Avenue is an instant reminder of why we endure the cold—because there's simply nothing more exhilarating than Chicago when it starts to bloom and turn green again. With spring in the air and Earth Day ahead, that green theme resonates through- out this issue of Michigan Avenue—in our cover story with Chicago P.D. starlet and passionate environmentalist Sophia Bush; in Conservation International executive Jill Sigal's forceful examination of climate change (and what Chicagoans can do about it); in our nostalgic look back at the city's WWII-era victory gardens and the modern-day community garden movement they've inspired; and in our profile of Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly, a lifelong city resident who grew up playing in the CPD parks and is now charged with mak- ing sure they're in tip-top shape. The greening of the city is just one of the many things worth getting excited about this spring. From the blossoming of the new Maggie Daley Park and the opening of the much-anticipated 606 recreation trail to the debut of two stunning rooftop hangouts at the new Virgin and Loews hotels, it's no wonder that Chicagoans are racing to get outside and kick-start the season—and I'll be right there with them, relishing the 50 -degree weather and reveling in the green days ahead. 1 2 3 j.p. anderson 24 Letter from the editor-in-Chief

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