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We’re so glad to have you in Chicago this fall, which is a spectacular time of year to see everything America’s greatest city has to offer now that another busy summer is behind us.

There’s no shortage of seasonal attractions to see while you’re here. From vibrant cultural celebrations for Dia de Los Muertos, to terrifying haunted houses and other thrilling Halloween activities for Chicagoans and visitors of all ages, we have tons in store for you to enjoy. For a complete list, see the Fall Events Guide (pg. 26 to 29).

Though the biggest summer festivals have come and gone, music remains alive and well in Chicago no matter the season, as it is a critical part of our city’s cultural identity. This issue’s Cover Story (pg. 8 to 13) features an interview with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco — one of Chicago’s hometown indie rock icons — as well as a deep dive into our diverse and thriving music scene and a rundown of our hottest venues for live music.

While Chicago’s youth have gone back to school this fall, the City continues to work on initiatives to keep them safe and engaged in their off-time. For example, the “My Chi. My Future.” app I launched with my wife, First Lady Amy Eshleman, helps connect teens to jobs, seasonal programs, and other events across 15 neighborhoods and supported by over 250 community-based partners.

To further support the future success of Chicago’s communities, “We Will Chicago,” my administration’s citywide planning initiative, provides a community-driven framework and plan to enhance equity and resiliency across Chicago. Learn more about these investments in Chicago’s future on pg. 25.

Even if you’re just passing through one of Chicago’s airports, we’re still glad to have you here. O’Hare and Midway International Airports remain powerful economic engines for our city and the entire region, as they collectively employ hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans who help ensure travelers have what they need to make it to their next destination.

We hope you’ll come back again soon and stay a while. But in the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at the exciting new developments at O’Hare and Midway (pg. 46 to 49), which will help our city continue to grow stronger and more resilient.

Thanks for reading, and for making Chicago a part of your fall plans!

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

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