CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The December issue of Chicago magazine marks 20 years of the annual Chicagoans of the Year awards. Since 1994, Chicago has been honoring the brave, altruistic and inspirational throughout the city, such as Buddy Guy (2013), Oprah Winfrey (2004), Charlie Trotter (2007) and Roger Ebert (2011). This year, Chicago's highest honor goes to a decorated Latino activist, a doctor who wants to build a medical ark in Central Africa, a literary genius, a tough nun who even scares Rahm, and an amazing team of Little Leaguers. The award recipients will be recognized at the annual Chicagoans of the Year luncheon, taking place on December 11 at the Ritz-Carlton. The event will be emceed by ABC7's award-winning reporter, Leah Hope, and, for the first time ever, a limited number of tickets will be available to the public until December 3 at chicagomag.com/coyluncheon.
On newsstands Thursday, this issue also features Chicago's annual Holiday Gift Guide with great ideas for everyone on your list. Ranging in price from $6.75 to $3,600, these 44 picks were all locally-designed or made here in Chicagoland, and include womenswear, menswear, stuff for kids, and much more.
As temperatures begin drop and keep Chicagoans indoors, the city's culture scene comes alive with seasonal shows, special museum exhibits, and indoor festivals. Several of Chicago's culture experts put together an easy-to-navigate cheat sheet with 46 Great Things To Do This Winter throughout the city, including 'Daily Dose' suggestions for each day of the week.
Other stories from the December issue include:
- The Trouble with Robbins – Since its inception in 1917, Robbins, Illinois, has been Chicagoland's most historic African American town. With inept police, backroom deals, and rampant blight, Chicago editor Bryan Smith looks into why so little crime was being reported in this town of 5,400 just South of Chicago – and why it's so hard to fix.
- The New Karen Lewis – A little over a month since it was announced that Karen Lewis was suffering a serious illness, interim head of the Chicago Teachers Union, Jesse Sharkey, sat down with Chicago to discuss what lies ahead for the union – and for the city's public schools.
- Dining: The Holiday Guide – Chicago's dining editor Penny Pollack suggests 10 restaurants guaranteed to make diners want to get up and dance, including Nacional 27 with salsa music and dancing every Friday and Saturday, as well as Shaw's Crab House featuring live jazz in the dining room Sunday through Thursday nights.
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