These Are the Best Chicago Magazine Stories of 2012

Read the 9 stories—and a blog—nominated for an award honoring Chicago journalists.

Photograph: Harry Sawyers

Chicago magazine was named a finalist for 14 Peter Lisagor Awards, which honor Chicago-area journalists for excellence in reporting, writing, design, and photography.

We’ll know the winners of the awards on May 3. In the meantime, read back over the Chicago work that the Chicago Headline Club nominated:

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION:

Maywood Confidential” by Robert Herguth and Dane Placko, edited by David Bernstein


FEATURE WRITING, Non-Daily, circulation more than 20,000:

The $53 Million Bamboozle” by Bryan Smith, edited by Elizabeth Fenner


NON-DEADLINE REPORTING, Non-Daily Newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000:

The $53 Million Bamboozle
AND
Elly Fishman, staff editor at Chicago, is nominated for a story she wrote for the Chicago Reader, before joining us: “Pariahs Amid The Rainbow


DESIGN, Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000:

Chicagoans of the Year 2012,” designed by Bryan Erickson


EDUCATION REPORTING, Non-Daily newspaper or Magazine, circulation above 20,000:

Street Fighter” by Ben Goldberger, edited by Jennifer Tanaka
AND
Best Public Schools” by Steve Hendershot, Owen Hurd, Geoffrey Johnson, and Dennis Rodkin, edited by Jennifer Tanaka


SPORTS STORY, Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000:

You Gotta Be Bleepin’ Me!” by Bryan Smith, edited by Elizabeth Fenner


BUSINESS REPORTING, Non-daily publication, circulation above 20,000:

Too Big to Fail?” by Susan Chandler, edited by David Bernstein


ARTS REPORTING AND CRITICISM, Non-daily publication, circulation more than 20,000:

Fall Culture Guide,” edited by Cassie Walker Burke and Emmet Sullivan


IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION, General-interest publication, circulation more than 20,000:

Lawbreakers, Lawmakers” by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
AND
The $53 Million Bamboozle
AND
Elly Fishman’s ”Pariahs Amid The Rainbow


IN-DEPTH REPORTING, NON-DAILY PUBLICATION, Magazine or magazine section, circulation more than 20,000:

The $53 Million Bamboozle
AND
Lawbreakers, Lawmakers” 


BLOG, Continuing Blog, Independent:

The 312” by Whet Moser

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