Chicago magazine's January 2012 IssueChicago magazine's January issue hit newsstands Thursday, December 15th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Natalie Marquez at

Chicago's Top Doctors (Cover Story): There are 35,000 MDs in metro Chicago. How do you know which to choose? With help from Castle Connolly Medical, Chicago magazine introduces you to 494 of the best. Naming the best MDs in specialties ranging from dermatology to neurological surgery, this heavily researched list is a go-to-guide for anyone seeking medical assistance. Plus: A foldout guide to key medical apps, websites, and tests.

Lawbreakers, Lawmakers: A special report on the unholy alliance between violent street gangs and elected officials. In parts of Chicago these two groups are quietly trading money and favors for mutual gain. The thugs flourish, the politicians thrive, and you lose.

Heroes Among Us: The annual Chicagoans of the Year feature celebrates the achievements of individuals who have made our city—and our world—a better place. This year’s list includes an ambassador to the Americas, a globetrotting educator, an idealistic impresario, a workaholic do-gooder, a taxman with a heart, and a silenced movie critic who’s discovered a new voice.

Where to Go—Now!: Eight amazing destinations, each perfect for a mood-lifting spur-of-the-moment getaway—whether you want to frolic in the snow or bask in the sun.