I got sick on Election Day.
Not metaphorically, either. Just as I was settling in to watch the returns we hoped would be happy, I got a fever and knew right away that it had to be COVID-19. I did get another kind of sick a few hours later when early election results felt way too similar to 2016. (That one was “cured” by morning.)
The virus spread through our household and, although it has been an “average” case of coronavirus disease, the chronic fatigue, persistent fever and loss of mental focus has colored the entire month of November. I’m still under the weather as I write. This bug lingers with an irritation that parallels the one provoked by the election loser who won’t take the message and concede.
Fortunately, we have a great team at Newcity. Design editor Vasia Rigou and senior designer Dan Streeting led the charge to put this special issue together while we convalesced as much as possible while finishing the issue.
We’re committed to championing Chicago design, and this issue bears testament to that commitment, with a focus on local BIPOC designers in our Q&As, to all-local featured gifts to a new mood board feature that encompasses Chicago textile designers. It’s more important than ever to shop local this year, whether for holiday gifts or as we all spend our extra time at home remodelling or retouching our interior designs.
On the Newcity front, we’ve decided to forgo our annual Players issue of theater, dance and comedy people next month, for obvious reasons, in favor of making February a double issue—which happens to be Newcity’s thirty-fifth birthday edition. So please stay safe and sane and we’ll celebrate with you on the other side.
Look for Newcity’s December 2020 print edition at over 1000 Chicago-area locations this week or subscribe to the print edition at Newcityshop.com.