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Michigan Avenue - 2017 - Issue 1 - Spring - Giuliana Rancic

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF SCHEAR (WADE); RODNEY WRIGHT/IMAGE MAKERS PHOTOGRAPHY (KING); ERIC LEVIN (RANCIC) Every spring, a family of ruby- throated hummingbirds settles in at the feeder outside the kitchen window of my parents' home in Ottawa, Illinois. Maybe it's the sugar water my mom keeps the feeder filled with, or the feast of flowers growing in the garden across the driveway, but once spring hits, they're there like clockwork. After the quiet of winter, seeing those birds dramati- cally flit, bob, and weave at the window, wings madly flapping, is one of my favorite signs of the new season. Chicago in spring has that same humming, thrumming energy. It's the excitement of a new season in our theaters and on our ball fields; the beckoning of the lakefront to legions of fitness enthusiasts; and the blossoming of our incredible green spaces, from Calumet Park just this side of Indiana to Juneway Park in my own stomping grounds on the far North Side. Simply put, when the season arrives it's an incredibly transformative new beginning for the city, and even after nearly 20 years as a Chicagoan it never fails to thrill me. Someone else who knows a thing or two about new begin- nings? Our cover star Guliana Rancic. In 2012 (coincidentally, the last time she graced our cover), Giuliana was in the midst of a battle with breast cancer. Today, she's celebrating five years cancer-free and is living her Chicago dream as wife, mother, and powerhouse entrepreneur. We're inspired by her story and thrilled to cel- ebrate her third Michigan Avenue cover with a must-read interview done by none other than her husband, Bill Rancic. Both frank and funny, it's a lovely portrait of one of the city's coolest couples—and the perfect way to kick off this humming, thrum- ming new season in the city. . Role model realness: Celebrating with Dwyane Wade at his Winter issue cover celebration at Siena Tavern; talking tennis with the legendary Billie Jean King and XS Tennis founder Kamau Murray; and catching up with Fab-U-Wish founder Giuliana Rancic at her cover shoot at the InterContinental Chicago. Follow me on Twitter at @JP_ Anderson and at J.P. ANDERSON 22  MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM LETTER FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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