On the cover: Archival photo courtesy Jose Garcia. For author Gonzalo's work, go to: www.gonzguzphoto.com.

The snow finally started—late, OK, but I’d been feeling anxious without it—and it finally feels like winter. We should slow down, right? Cuddle up with a warm mug of something and eight million books and forty million cats and refuse to take out the garbage? Not at the Reader. We’re just getting going.

City Life, the friendly section that directly follows the Table of Contents, has several new features, including local permaculturist, teacher, and ecological systems designer Nance Klehm’s new monthly column, Feral Citizen. We’ve also got Sightseeing, a new history-focused short essay that will highlight little-known tidbits from our weird city’s past. Man about town and history buff Joe Mason will be a frequent contributor, so it’s sure to be a blast.

Of course we’re also digging in deep, election-wise, with a focus this issue on Lori Lightfoot’s mayoral campaign, as well as Maya Dukmasova’s report from the 49th Ward, long held by Joe Moore. Can his challengers unseat the vulnerable candidate? After all the political strife, you’ll surely want a break, so Mike Sula brings us along to a Malaysian cafe that serves a delicious, uh, cheese tea. (Actually it sounds amazing.)

There’s more, but I can’t tell you about it yet. Have you learned to trust me when I tell you it will be great? It will, I promise.

Last week we erred in stating that Ahmedabad is the capital of the Indian state Gujarat. In fact it’s the former capital. Sorry, Gandhinagarians!

And remember, we’re taking your mail for a special one-time-only return of the letters section at letters@chicagoreader.com. We can’t wait to hear from you.  v