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Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Susanna Homan
General Manager Tom Conradi


Executive Editor Terrance Noland
Design Director Katherine Shady
Managing Editor, Digital Luke Seemann
Senior Writer Bryan Smith
Features Editor David McAninch
Dining Editor Penny Pollack
Web Editor Bettina Chang
Video Editor Shane Collins
Digital Producer Lynette Smith
Senior Editors Elly Fishman, Lauren Williamson
Associate Editors Carrie Schedler, Whet Moser
Assistant Editor Matt Pollock
Contributing Writers Mark Bazer, Carol Felsenthal, Nina Kokotas Hahn, Noah Isackson, Rod O’Connor, Jeff Ruby (Chief Dining Critic)
Contributing Dining Critics Carly Boers, Peter Gianopulos, Maggie Hennessy, Dennis Ray Wheaton
Contributing Culture Critics Jason Foumberg, Graham Meyer, Matt Pollock, Catey Sullivan
Photo Director Martha Williams
Deputy Design Director Emily Johnson
Associate Art Director Jacqueline Cantu
Assistant Art and Photo Editor Ratko Radojcic
Contributing Copy Editors Lenore Howard, Amy Schroeder


Prepress/Design Manager Tom Kadzielawski
Production Specialist Julie Szamlewski
Graphic Designer Ramzi Dreessen


Advertising Managers Patti Augustyn, Megan Holbrook
Senior Account Managers Valeria Coric, Jessica Kelliher, Jenny K. Winter
Account Managers Mike Hubbard, Jacqueline Simon
Classified Advertising Manager Kelly Zech


Marketing Director Gina E. Pucci
Senior Marketing Specialist Allison Roche
Marketing Specialist Gabby Murrow


Director, Events & Sponsorships Haley K. Carlson
Manager, Events & Sponsorships Katie Barrons

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Bob Dodd, president
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Debbie Anderson, account manager
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Michigan Jan Hess-Wahl, LLC, Bloomfield Hills
Jan Hess-Wahl, regional manager
Minnesota Ringle Media LLC, Minneapolis
Melissa Ringle, regional manager
New York Emmis Publishing, New York
Marian Conicella, vice president, national sales
Southeast U.S. Emmis Publishing, Fort Lauderdale
Whitney Ford Dick, assistant director
Western U.S. KPA Media, Inc., San Francisco
Kim Abramson, regional manager


Director, Audience Development Don MacGregor
Manager, Audience Development Brandi Nance
Coordinator, Audience Development Catherine Gruber
Delivery Issues Delivery


Director, Planning Jane M. Eberle
Manager, Planning and Analysis Phil Krawisz
Analyst, Financial Hannah Gargulak


Office Manager Sean Baker



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How to Submit Story Ideas to Chicago Magazine


  • Publicists, local business owners, and organizations seeking coverage
  • Freelance writers, photographers, and illustrators (online freelancers, please see web-specific section below)
  • Readers with ideas they would like to see us cover


  • Check the print magazine and Chicagomag.com to make sure we cover the topic you have in mind and to see our story format. We do not run stories that lack a Chicago angle, so please do not pitch them.
  • Write a brief (1- to 3-paragraph max) pitch, stressing why your idea is different, newsworthy, and compelling for our readers. If you are a writer, photographer, or illustrator, please include samples of your work.
  • Pitch early. The print magazine is monthly; we finalize story lineups a few months before the cover date.


Email your pitch—with “story idea” in the subject line—to the proper person(s) as follows:

Arts, Music, and Culture Elly Fishman, Matt Pollock
Best of Chicago Lauren Williamson
Book Reviews and Excerpts Matt Pollock
Business, Tech, Economy Lauren Williamson, Whet Moser
Chicagoans of the Year Terrance Noland
Dining, Food, Cookbooks Penny PollackCarrie Schedler
Domestica newsletter Domestica newsletter team
Drinking and Bars Carrie Schedler
Events (Cultural, etc.) Matt Pollock
Fashion and Style Matt Pollock
Green Awards Matt Pollock
Health and Fitness Lauren Williamson
Home and Garden Diana Bitting
Human Interest Bryan Smith
Illustration Jacqueline Cantu
Law and Crime Bryan Smith
Letters to the Editor Matt Pollock
Medicine and Top Doctors Lauren Williamson
Most Powerful Chicagoans Terry Noland
Neighborhoods Lauren Williamson
Photography Martha Williams
Politics Lauren Williamson, Whet Moser
Real Estate Lauren Williamson
Sales Check Jenny Berg
Schools and Education Lauren Williamson
Singles (Most Eligible) Matt Pollock
Sports Bryan Smith
Travel Terrance Noland
Chicagomag.com Contact Luke Seemann, Bettina Chang, and/or relevant topic editor above

How to Pitch Chicagomag.com:

So, you want to write for Chicagomag.com. We'd love to hear your ideas! Our main subject areas online are politics/city life, arts/culture, and dining. But, we're happy to hear any pitches that follow the below guidelines:

Things we are always looking for:

  1. Smart, concise analysis that brings context and nuance to local news
  2. Service pieces that provide timely, essential information or direction to our readers
  3. Stories of unique people or groups in Chicago that shed light on the urban experience
  4. Well-written essays (which may or may not include first-person experience) that add insight to current issues
  5. Creative storytelling that breathes new life into an issue that deserves to remain in the spotlight

Things we are never looking for:

  1. Stories that do not relate to Chicago or have importance to Chicagoans
  2. Re-reporting someone else's reporting with little additional work—"hot takes," as some might say, that lack analysis
  3. Publicity/PR pitches that do nothing to serve our readers


If your idea is a good fit for us, we will contact you. Please understand that due to the volume of pitches we receive, it is not possible to respond to them all individually. Thank you!

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