Chicago magazine September 2010 Fall Travel Cover

Chicago magazine’s September 2010 issue hits newsstands Thursday, August 19th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Elizabeth Riley at

A Harvest of Color (cover story): From cycling along the Mississippi to dining on a floating café in Elizabethtown, our editors highlight the area’s best-kept secrets and getaways for the fall season, spanning Michigan to Iowa.

Mayor Daley’s Bucket List: Ten suggestions for how the mayor can use the remainder of his time in office. Suggestions include a casino at McCormick Place, multiple uses for all that TIF money—and mayoral term limits.

Sammy Agonistes: The once beloved sports icon Sammy Sosa opens up to Chicago’s managing editor Shane Tritsch on his bitter parting with the Cubs. 

Reversal of Fortune: In just four years, Jim Wetzel and Lance Lawson turned Jake into a Midwest retail empire. Yet as the economy slowed, the pair stopped paying their bills and eventually filed for bankruptcy last March. Now the duo is back with a new concept—space519—but will Chicago’s fashion industry welcome them back?

Shock of the New: We name the city’s top 40 artistic breakthroughs. Well-known names such as Wilco, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Ernest Hemingway make the cut. Who didn’t? 

Brewin’ it in the Burbs: A short guide to some of Chicagoland’s unsung artisans of beer—suburban brewers.