Chicago magazine's December 2011 Issue Cover Chicago magazine's December issue hit newsstands Thursday, November 17th. To schedule an interview with one of our writers or editors, please contact Natalie Marquez at

Let it Snow (Cover Story): The December issue cover story features 189 life-affirming, chill-busting, belly-warming ways to get the most out of winter this year. Make this the warmest season yet with this idea packed guide to winter: Check out the city's sizzling culture scene, whip up comfort food with friends, conquer a snow sport, learn something new, try a cozy dining spot, or chase away the chill with a massage. From 78 Reasons to Ditch the Couch, an anti-hibernation calendar of cultural happenings during the drab months, to creative ways to keep cooped-up kids engaged, this winter warming guide has something for everyone.

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Featuring perfect presents—unusual, covetable, affordable, and cool—for everyone on a holiday list, from foodies and homebodies to kids.

Carpocalypse Now?: Keeping Asian carp out of Lake Michigan could cost you a bundle—and, depending on whom you ask, flood your basement and taint your tap water. Here’s what you need to know.

Can Theo Deliver?: One of the brightest of baseball’s new breed of data-driven front-office execs, Theo Epstein is being hailed as the Cubs’ savior. But don’t order those World Series tickets just yet.

Sunken Treasures: Recently discovered after being packed away and nearly forgotten, a trove of century-old glass-plate negatives reveals a gritty, growing Chicago rarely glimpsed before—and a downstate landscape forever transformed by the reversal of the Chicago river.