Chicago magazine’s September issue hits newsstands Thursday, August 18th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Natalie Marquez at 

The Everything Guide to Great Hair (cover story): Chicago magazine editors combed the city to assemble this all-inclusive handbook for hair, including deals galore, tips from the pros, cures for common hair dilemmas, and so much more. The September issue features a list of 49 top stylists and gives honors to the best coiffeurs in categories from women’s long cuts to men’s color. There’s something for everyone—male, female, young, or old—and for all types of hair—blond, brunette, curly, or straight—in this must-read manual for manes. 

The Last Campaign: A close look at Barack Obama’s chief campaign strategist David Axelrod. In 2008, Axelrod helped craft a winning message of hope and change. Back for what could be his final political campaign, Axelrod’s game plan for 2012 could determine whether Obama gets to finish what he started—or sees it all slip away.

Let Them Eat Carpaccio: On the back of Mia Francesca, the modern Italian restaurant in Lake View, Scott Harris has built a dining empire now on the brink of expanding to both coasts. Is he the most underrated restaurateur in the country?

Fall Fashion: Must-have trends—polka dots, trippy prints, nubby knits, alluring anoraks, cool clutches, and more! Plus, fashion inspiration for guys from a globetrotting insider (He’s got Kanye’s ear.)