The Backstory


Follow the path of Love’s Illusions and discover Jackie’s BackStory


  • Travel back in time with 24 wonderful illustrations of Jackie, Michael, Stephen and their world of Chicago in the early 1970s.
  • Hear the story as Michael tells it – rough edges and all.
  • Sit with Jackie and Michael on their favorite bench in Lincoln Park.
  • Attend Jackie and Stephen’s wedding (don’t forget to bring a gift).
  • Learn where Stephen’s approach to relationships, love and marriage stems from.
  • Meet the lions that guard the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Hang out with the bartenders and the rest of the Gang at The Canteen.
  • Immerse yourself in the age of Rock ‘n’ Roll, including but not  limited to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the politics of the era and more.
  • Get 1970s fashionable with Cosmo.
  • Listen to the soundtrack of Jackie’s journey on Spotify.

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