Chicago magazine's September issue hits newsstands Thursday, August 22. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Allison Roche at

For the Love of Beer  Beer lovers, rejoice! The craft beer business is booming in Chicago and our September issue cover story provides the expert guide to the local scene. The region is now home to more than 60 craft brewers—spanning from Lake Bluff to Lake View to Lansing—and they’re pumping out barrels in numbers that rival the city’s output during Prohibition. Chicago assembled a panel of experts to weigh in on the 62 best local brews, with winners from each style—pale ales, IPAs, lagers, stouts, and more. Plus: A profile of Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company—one of the largest, fastest-growing specialty beverage makers in the U.S.—who hopes to upend the beer industry with his massive new facility in Chicago.

40 Ways to Get Smarter – Back to school time isn’t just for kids. Chicago has excellent educational options for adults, too, whether you’d like to sharpen your résumé or indulge a hobby. Learn how to whip up the perfect soufflé, write a compelling screenplay, speak a foreign language, improve your business writing skills, develop a mobile app, or even save a life. Whatever your skill level, there’s a class for you starting this fall.

Which Indie Market is Right for You? – Etsy and Pinterest have popularized all things artisanal and locavore-friendly. So which indie market should you shop to find craft goods here in Chicago? We break down the options to help you find the right one on any budget, whether you'd like to find artisanal food, hip jewelry, unique home wares, vintage gems, and more.

Fall Fashion – Take a peek at fall’s top looks, from tomboy ensembles, statement skirts, and dramatic shapes for women, to bright pants and backpacks for men.

Chicago's Safest Neighborhoods – High-crime neighborhoods have been under intense media scrutiny, but which parts of town have the least crime? Chicago magazine analyzed data on 77 community areas to find the safest neighborhoods. Hint: follow the cops. 

Home + Garden – Refresh your living space for fall! This installment of Chicago’s quarterly magazine within a magazine features kitchen and bath trends, new design shops, show house tips, and more.