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Kim and Kanye had a baby. It’s a girl. That pretty much sums up the gossip rags this week.

The next time you’re perched in a pedicure chair or waiting on a latte, pick up something more inspiring to read. New-to-Chicago magazine Skirt is a free, bi-monthly publication for and about real women--with nary a starlet in sight. (Find it everywhere, from spas to shops.) 



First launched in 1994 in Charleston, South Carolina, Skirt’s genteel, poetic Southern sensibility is still its hallmark. If you have only 20 minutes to spare, here’s how to page through the current “Elsewhere”-themed summer travel issue.  



Read the thoughtful personal essays, a staple of every issue of Skirt. This month, Stephanie Hunt explains what she loves about getting away to admittedly garish Florida, and travel scribe Laurie Wilson reflects on her mother’s magical summers on Cape Cod. 



Flip to the back pages for short profiles about interesting Chicago women with careers that have nothing to do with reality TV.

Save the cover. Each issue’s theme is brought to life by a female artist, and we’re snipping out Daria Jabenko’s fresh, summery beach image to hang on our fridge for the rest of the season.

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