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Editor in Chief and Publisher Susanna Homan


Executive Editor Terrance Noland
Design Director Katherine Bryja Shady
Features Editor David McAninch
Senior Writer Bryan Smith
Senior Editors Tal Rosenberg (Culture), Carrie Schedler (Dining), Lauren Williamson
Assistant Editor Phoebe Mogharei
Senior Digital Editor Matt Pollock
Web Developer Ramzi Dreessen
Assistant Digital Editor Claire Voon
Digital Producer Lynette Smith
Social Media Video Editor DS Shin
Contributing Writers Mark Bazer, Tom Chiarella, Carol Felsenthal, Ted C. Fishman, Nina Kokotas Hahn, Rod O’Connor, Bill Zehme
Chief Contributing Dining Critic Jeff Ruby
Contributing Culture Critics Jason Foumberg, Britt Julious, Graham Meyer, Catey Sullivan, Lauren Warnecke
Deputy Design Director Emily Johnson
Photo Director Martha Williams
Art Director Jessica Sedgwick
Contributing Digital Imaging Specialist Andrew Davis
Contributing Copy Editors Robert Loerzel, Amy Schroeder


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


Advertising Director Megan Holbrook
Operations Director Diana Vdovets
Senior Account Managers Patti Augustyn, Julia Carter, Valeria Coric, Christine Cossette Jacqueline Simon, Liza Sweitzer
Marketplace Advertising Manager Kelly Zech


Marketing Director Gina E. Pucci
Graphic Designer Brittany Van Swol


Director, Events & Sponsorships Katie Kosko
Producer, Events Maggie Ahern

Regional Sales Representatives

Canada Dodd Media Group, Ontario
Bob Dodd, president
Hawaii Destination Marketing, Honolulu
Debbie Anderson, account manager
Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. Robert H. Stites LLC
Robert Stites, president
Michigan Jan Hess-Wahl, LLC, Bloomfield Hills
Jan Hess-Wahl, regional manager
Minnesota Ringle Media LLC, Minneapolis
Melissa Ringle, regional manager
New York Couture Marketing, New York
Karen Couture, president
Southeast U.S. WLD Media, Fort Lauderdale
Whitney Ford Dick, account director
Travel and Tourism J Winter Media LLC
Jenny Winter
Western U.S. Shana Wong-Solare, Los Angeles

Audience Development

Regional Vice President Don MacGregor
Specialist, Audience Development Elizabeth Kerndl
Customer Service Representative Shola John


Vice President, Finance Jane M. Eberle
Director, Planning and Analysis Phil Krawisz
Senior Analyst, Financial Hannah Gargulak



To send a letter to the editor for the Feedback column or to send us comments and/or ideas for the magazine or website, email letters@chicagomag.com.

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


  • 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 Tal Rosenberg
Best of Chicago Lauren Williamson
Book Reviews and Excerpts Phoebe Mogharei
Business, Tech, Economy Lauren Williamson
Chicagoans of the Year Terrance Noland
Dining, Food, Cookbooks Carrie Schedler
Drinking and Bars Carrie Schedler
Events (Cultural, etc.) Tal Rosenberg
Fashion and Style Phoebe Mogharei
Health and Fitness Lauren Williamson
Home and Garden Phoebe Mogharei
Human Interest Terry Noland
Illustration Katherine Bryja Shady, Emily Johnson
Law and Crime Terry Noland
Letters to the Editor Phoebe Mogharei
Medicine and Top Doctors Lauren Williamson
Most Powerful Chicagoans Terry Noland
Neighborhoods Lauren Williamson
Photography Martha Williams
Politics Lauren Williamson
Real Estate Lauren Williamson
Sales Check Jenny Berg
Schools and Education Lauren Williamson
Sports Terry Noland
Travel Lauren Williamson
Chicagomag.com Matt Pollock, 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


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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