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Behold, the Reckless Holiday Gift Guide

Every fall, we assemble a holiday gift guide—a carefully curated selection of 75 or so trendy suggestions for everyone on Santa’s list. In the weeks leading up to the issue, hundreds and hundreds of companies—and their dutiful publicity reps—come out of the woodwork with items for consideration. For every 100 or so pitches, there’s always one real gem. Here, we’ve taken 13 of the funniest items off the cutting room floor and assembled—dare I say—a Reckless Holiday Gift Guide…

Fall Couples Makeover

AUTUMN RENEWAL: When we announced our first couples makeover contest, several enthusiastic pairs responded. We chose Brandi Davis and Neil Meredith, two hard-working South Loop professionals who wanted to look a little less “nerdy” (their word, not ours). Our ace style team gave them a head-to-toe consult and came up with two looks—plus new dos—that show off this couple’s fun-loving side

Chicago's Top 40 Artistic Breakthroughs

#13—Saturday Night Live raids the improvisational comic warehouse The Second City for its inaugural cast, and the TV show’s immediate success establishes the Old Town institution as a major comedy factory. For more photos of Chicago’s artistic breakthroughs, check out the photo gallery »   Related: PHOTO GALLERY » Chicago’s great artistic breakthroughs MORE TOP … Read more