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Editor in Chief and Publisher Susanna Homan

Editorial

Executive Editor Terrance Noland
Design Director Katherine Bryja Shady
Digital Editor Bettina Chang
Senior Writer Bryan Smith
Features Editor David McAninch
Dining Editor Penny Pollack
Senior Editors Elly Fishman (Culture), Lauren Williamson
Associate Editors Carrie Schedler (Dining), Whet Moser (Digital)
Web Developer Ramzi Dreessen
Digital Producer Lynette Smith
Social Media Video Editor DS Shin
Assistant Editor Matt Pollock
Contributing Editor Julie Dugdale
Contributing Writers Mark Bazer, David Bernstein, Tom Chiarella, Carol Felsenthal, Nina Kokotas Hahn, Noah Isackson, Rod O’Connor, Jeff Ruby (Chief Dining Critic), Bill Zehme
Contributing Dining Critics Carly Boers, Peter Gianopulos, Maggie Hennessy, Dennis Ray Wheaton
Contributing Culture Critics Jason Foumberg, Britt Julious, Graham Meyer, Catey Sullivan, Lauren Warnecke
Photo Director Martha Williams
Deputy Design Director Emily Johnson
Associate Art Director Jacqueline Cantu
Assistant Art and Photo Editor Ratko Radojcic
Contributing Digital Imaging Specialist Andrew Davis
Contributing Copy Editors Lenore Howard, Amy Schroeder

Production

Prepress/Design Manager Tom Kadzielawski
Production Specialist Julie Szamlewski
Graphic Designer Haleigh Castino

Advertising

Sales Manager Megan Holbrook
Senior Account Managers Valeria Coric, Patti Augustyn
Account Managers Mike Hubbard, Jacqueline Simon
Marketplace Advertising Manager Kelly Zech

Marketing

Marketing Director Gina E. Pucci
Marketing Specialist Sonya Dhindsa

Events

Director, Events & Sponsorships Katie Kosko
Senior Producer, Events Vince Tassi

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Administration

Office Manager Sean Baker

 

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How to Submit Story Ideas to Chicago Magazine

For:

  • 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
  • Note: These guidelines are for the print magazine. If you want to pitch to Chicagomag.com, please see below

First:

  • 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.

Then:

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
Habitat newsletter Habitat 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 Bettina Chang, and/or relevant topic editor above; see guidelines below

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

Finally:

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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