The September 2015 Issue


We're thrilled—make that elated—to announce that the first official issue of FW: Chicago has arrived! We put a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and maybe a little wine into our first issue, so we can't wait for you to get your hands on it!

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Our cover story features the amazing life of Rochelle Trotter, including her humble upbringing, savvy business sense, and life with Charlie. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Our magazine is also chock-full of content covering entrepreneurial spirits, decision-makers and trailblazers, as well as essentials like power lunch spots, home decor tips, and beauty bests. We'll be doling out the content on our website over the next few weeks, but if you're impatient, you can read the entire digital version. We hope you're as inspired reading FW: Chicago as we were putting it together for you. 

FW: Chicago is currently available at all Fitness Formula Club locations, as well as select stores, salons, and businesses all over the city. Want to carry our magazine or know a place of business that should? Email us at and we'll hook you up. 

The September issue is here! Read the digital edition or read the magazine articles on the website! 

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Chicago-­based music writer and author talks about the current state of music, women singers you should be listening to, and more. Read more

How She Did It

The recent death of a friend prompted a cross-country trip to reconnect with old friends and follow in the footsteps of fellow female wanderers from decades past. Read more


Artist Justine Bianco thinks we should just relax and enjoy the art the next time we are at the museum. Read more

How She Did It

Investment experts Carolyn Leonard and Monika Black at DyMynd offer 10 key points to keep in mind when interviewing prospective advisors. Read more

, Money

Pull together a Chicago-style table setting that reflects your unique vision of how you want to entertain your guests. Read more


Forget trends. Fall fashion—especially for Chicago women—should be about elevated, urbane looks. Read more

, , Style

Melissa Skoog worked through her charmed past and her shortfalls to build a strong Chicago-based fashion consulting firm. Read more

How She Did It

Kaplan definitely has a few options of the ultimate go-to beauty essential (you guessed it)—lipstick. Read more


As founder and CEO of Hireology, Adam Robinson is a big proponent of hiring best practices—and that includes gender-balanced recruiting. Read more


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Food + Recipes

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How She Did It

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, Advice

Donna Hall, owner and principal designer of Donna Mondi Interior Design, shows us a few easy-yet-effective ways to refresh your pad. Read more


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Deborah's Place, Chicago’s first shelter exclusively for women, has grown into the largest provider of supportive housing over the past 30 years. Read more


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We spoke Luxe chocolatier Katrina Markoff about Wild Ophelia, chocolates that supports women-led businesses, and women that inspire her. Read more

How She Did It

Cheryl Mendelson, COO and Executive Vice President of External Affairs ​f​or the​ Harris Theater, manages to stay balanced no matter what her career—or life—throws her way. Read more

How She Did It