Chicago magazine January 2011 Issue

Chicago magazine’s January issue hit newsstands Thursday, December 16th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Elizabeth Riley at

Breakthroughs for Women’s Health (cover story): Women experience many diseases differently than men—and they are more prone to a number of ailments. Fortunately, Chicago stands at the epicenter of women’s health research. Local experts weigh in on the latest developments in fertility, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and other women’s health issues. 

A Life in Shadow: Vivian Maier was an eccentric nanny to North Shore families. A chance discovery after her death has spotlighted her secret talent as a photographer.

Life Lines: We name our annual Chicagoans of the Year for 2010—six people who have invigorated the city in their own special ways, including Rocky Wirtz, Susan Axelrod, and Gunny Harboe.

Decoding Devon: From Bollywood to tandoori, Chicago’s Little India brims with shopping, dining, and quirks galore. Our guide to the most beguiling commercial strip in the city.

The Mom Brigade: Nettelhorst Elementary in Lake View serves as an example of what a committed group of parents can achieve. We chronicle the school’s miraculous turnaround and what it means for education in Chicago. 

Healthy Chicago: With high-tech assistance from local high schoolers, University of Chicago doctors hope to change attitudes about contraception and reduce the large number of teenage pregnancies.