Adam Langer explains why he will always think Manny’s Coffee Shop is better than the 2nd Avenue Deli — and how he will never ever be a New York Jew.
On his deathbed, Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow asked ‘Was I a man or was I a jerk?’ 100 years after Bellow’s birth, Zachary Leader’s biography examines why we still care about the answer.
Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel asks us how we avoid turning into either zombies or zombie hunters. Sex, violence, chaos and pointed social commentary ensue in this tale of Chicago.
There’s a lot more to Illinois Jewish history than Rahm Emanuel and Golda Meir. Here are a dozen things you may not know about members of the tribe in the Land of Lincoln.
Nearly 60 years ago, Meyer Levin invented the true crime genre with ‘Compulsion.’ Now, a new edition of Levin’s novel reminds us what compelled us to read about one of the 20th century’s most notorious — and most Jewish — crimes.
When painter Sarah Yuster asked Saul Bellow if she could become his official portrait artist, she was surprised by the Nobel Prize winner’s response.
As a child in prewar Vienna, Stefan Edlis collected stamps. He moved on to art — and has donated the largest gift in the history of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Several Pop art works are now part of the collection of the Chicago Art Institute — thanks to 90-year-old Jewish industrialist Stefan Edlis.