Chicago Magazine Pitches/ How To Submit ($1.00 per word)
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Chicago Magazine Pitches/ How To Submit ($1.00 per word)

Chicago Magazine has been a part of the fabric of the city since 1970, chronicling the people, places and events that shape our world.

The award-winning magazine and website is known for its sharp profiles, insightful reporting and useful guides such as “Top Doctors” and “Best New Restaurants.

About Chicago Magazine

Chicago is a monthly magazine published by Tribune Publishing. It concentrates on lifestyle and human interest stories, and on reviewing restaurants, travel, fashion, and theatre from or nearby Chicago. Its circulation in 2004 was 165,000, larger than People in its market. Also in 2004, it received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. It is a member of the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA).

Their reach extends through their unique partnerships with clients for events and promotions such as the highly-anticipated Secret Supper dining series, their annual Barrel Night event for whiskey aficionados, their annual restaurant event that celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene and their new virtual cooking show In The Kitchen, where theirr readers can cook along with an acclaimed local chef in their own kitchens.

The magazine looks to cover the city of Chicago and the greater Chicago area with indepth and thoughtful reporting and writing. Every story they publish must have a focus on Chicago or be important to their readers.

Submission Guidelines

  • To pitch a story, please write a brief (1- to 3-paragraph max) pitch, stressing why your idea is different, newsworthy, and will be compelling to their readers. If you are a writer, photographer, or illustrator, please include samples of your work.
  • Please be sure to pitch early. The print magazine is monthly; 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:

For food and drink: email Amy Cavanaugh.

Feature stories: email Stanley Kay.

News, business, and real estate: email Edward McClelland.

Home, health, and fashion: email Kelly Aiglon.

Art, music, and culture: email Kris Vire.

Photography: email Michael Zajakowski.

Online inquiries: email Sarah Steimer.

For all other inquiries: email Terrance Noland.


$1.00 per word. 

More questions? Please visit their website.



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