Chicago magazine reveals 101 ways to avoid the winter blues

December issue announces 2013 Chicagoans of the Year, highlights the best and worst of 2013

Nov 18, 2013, 15:54 ET from Chicago magazine

CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago magazine prepares readers for the upcoming Chicago winter in its December cover story entitled 101 Great Things To Do This Winter, suggesting seasonal activities for everyone from snowboard fanatics to museum-going culture vultures.  On newsstands Friday, the story is an all-inclusive guide to exploring and making the most of Chicago – both indoors and outdoors – this winter.

It's also that time of year when the magazine's editors recognize a few standout individuals as Chicagoans of the Year. The 2013 class features a variety of influential go-getters, including Buddy Guy, the blues musician who made even Obama sing; Sandy Goldberg, cancer survivor and founder of A Silver Living Foundation, devoted to giving others a fighting chance; Indira Johnson, artist and founder of Ten Thousand Ripples working to spread peace throughout the city; Lulu Martinez, a University of Illinois at Chicago student and immigrant devoted to moving immigration reform forward; and Jeff Aeder and Jennifer Levine, a power couple who founded the Wolcott School and have dedicated their lives to providing children with learning differences a better chance at quality education. Chicago will honor these inspiring individuals at the Peninsula Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at a luncheon emceed by Anthony Ponce of NBC5 and Dan Ponce of WGN-TV.

Other stories from the December issue of Chicago magazine include:

  • Oprah's Chicago Portfolio – The wealthy former Chicagoan is slimming down her real estate portfolio with the sale of her enormous Water Tower condo, and we take a look back at the winning and losing real estate investments she's made in the area.
  • 25 Best Family-Friendly Restaurants – Includes restaurants that appeal to both children and adult taste buds, from the burger and French fry lovers to the gourmet foodies, there is something sure to please everyone on the list.
  • Holiday Gift Guide – This year's 58 gifts were all designed and/or manufactured in Chicago, offering terrific choices in barware, women's wear, menswear and more.
  • Who Does Rahm Really Want for Governor? – Despite Rahm Emanuel's endorsement of Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, politics writer Carol Felsenthal argues that Republican Bruce Rauner may actually be the Mayor's secret favorite for governor.
  • 312: Best & Worst of 2013 – Highlights the year's most memorable Chicago moments such as the scariest street scene, most unforgettable concert and the most exciting 17 seconds.

This is the second print issue released since Chicago unveiled a comprehensive print and website redesign, including a bold new logo, updated typefaces, powerful use of photography, and streamlined navigation that helps readers quickly find what they're looking for. These changes more closely integrate the print magazine with its digital properties, giving a more energetic feel that better reflects the magazine's award-winning content.

Chicago magazine's editor-in-chief Elizabeth Fenner and other members of the magazine staff are available for on-air interviews about stories in the December issue. Contact Carmen Rivera at 312-832-6763 to schedule an interview. For more information on Chicago magazine, visit

About Chicago magazine
Chicago magazine, the nation's largest city monthly, launched in 1970 and has been owned by Tribune Company since 2002. Together with its website,, Chicago spurs intelligent conversation about the city's influencers, zeitgeist-defining trends, and civic controversies through award-winning, in-depth journalism.  Just as important, it helps readers live better by producing the area's most authoritative coverage of the best in food, art, and urban life. Always insightful, at times provocative, Chicago magazine is as dynamic as the city that inspires it.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Editor in Chief Elizabeth Fenner, please contact Carmen Rivera ( or 312-832-6763).

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