Cocktails and current events: Come to The Chicago Reporter's issue release party

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If you've been on the search for the smartest cocktail party in Chicago, look no further. Come to The Chicago Reporter's Drop party, where we release our latest issue, enjoy fine beverages and appetizers. Guaranteed you'll meet some intelligent, interesting people who care about our city as much as you do.

Join us at M Lounge, 1520 S. Wabash Ave., in the South Loop on Thursday, February 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m. The topic? Jobs. In this economy, it's clear there aren't enough to go around. But where are the jobs in Chicago? And are we getting a good return on the money we're investing in "blighted" areas?

In our latest investigation, we discovered that the city spent nearly $1 billion to redevelop the Loop, and still Chicago residents
lost out on jobs. Angela Caputo's cover story "Loopholes" focuses on
the number of jobs available in the city and compares that number with the cost the city has spent
on economic development. Caputo's basic question: "Did Chicagoans get their money's
worth?" If you live south of 43rd Street, the answer is : "No way."

We'll also be talking about whether or not Chicago communities vote for candidates of a different race than their own, how much the city is spending on litigation, and just how many Chicago homes and apartments are sitting vacant.

To sum it up, you really won't want to miss it. We can't wait to see you there.

RSVP through Facebook or EventBrite. Be one of the first five to register on EventBrite and win a free PDF subscription to the Reporter. Don't forget to sign in once you get to the party to be entered to win our fun door prizes.

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