July 2024 Issue: Vera (Digital Edition)

July 2024 Issue: Vera (Digital Edition)

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Come into My Parlor

Jamie O’Reilly makes a private tradition public

"During a full house on an unseasonably warm Sunday evening in late February, a gathering of like-minded souls came together in the front room of Tre Kronor, the cozy Scandinavian café in the North Park neighborhood, to hear singer, salonnière extraordinaire, and all-around cultural entrepreneur Jamie O’Reilly perform material for her Roots Salon." (June Sawyers)

Deployment Nuremberg

A veteran remembers his days running "Hitler’s favorite opera house" after the war

"In 2023, I happened upon a brief article about a 103-year-old WWII veteran given the keys to his Northern California city. I was intrigued by this man’s experience: Like my father, he’d served in the Army in occupied Nuremberg starting sometime in the fall of 1945. And his duties in Nuremberg struck another chord: he’d managed entertainment for troops at the famous Nuremberg Opera House in a period aligning with the programs my father had kept from the concerts he had attended." (Cris Mazza)

You Are Beyond

Remembering Vera Klement

"In the parlance of the rom-com—a genre she would have assiduously avoided were she even aware of the term—Vera Klement and I met cute. In early 2001, I was a new resident in the Printers Row building where Vera had lived and worked since the 1970s. Her loft was across the hall from mine. Along with my new home I had a new cocker spaniel, Jasmine, a rescue who was blissfully unaware that relieving herself in the entranceway of a shared space was bad form. I was on my hands and knees, cleaning up the mess, when Vera walked into the lobby." (Anne K. Ream)

+Touched by an art class (Brent Hieggelke)

+For the love of Batman (Javier Otero)

Arts & Culture

Art: Delisha McKinney wants to let kids be kids

Dance: An interview with Joffrey Ballet artist Victoria Jaiani

Design: Curator Elyse Zorn Karlin on "Chicago Collects" at the Driehaus Museum

+ Mood: Summer

Dining & Drinking: Chicago’s endless love of encased meat

LitThe story of Trope and its beautiful books

Music: Marin Alsop keeps her summer home at Ravinia

Stage: Songwriting on demand for Goodman world premiere musical of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"


A museum is a great place to hide from the heat.


Tough ShitA new comic by Iona Fox


What We Own: A new poem by Bette Cerf Hill

84 Pages

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