CHICAGO ONLINE NEWS SITES

Learn more about 146 sites publishing news for Chicagoland, both online-only efforts and the online sites from print or broadcast news organizations.

All participants of the survey are marked at the bottom of each of their individual postings in this list.

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24/7 North of Howard Watchers

www.howardwatchers.blogspot.com
What it’s about: A chronological history of 
the North of Howard area—the decline of 
a neighborhood into a pocket of poverty and 
its struggles, challenges and transitions
Started: 1/1/05
Contact: Toni Duncan
howardwatchers@aol.com

Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/79822180@N00

600 Words by Esther J. Cepeda

www.600words.com
What it’s about:Current events with a Hispanic bent
Started:4/1/08

Contact: Esther J. Cepeda, Columnist
eejaycee@600words.com
Twitter: ejc600words

2010 New News Survey Participant

Adentro de Pilsen

http://www.adentrodepilsen.com
What it’s about: Primarily to serve the Pilsen community with vetted news and info. The project also strives to create a passion for high school and college journalists to examine niche news coverage.
Started: December 2009
Contact: Ralph Braseth
rbraseth@gmail.org

Twitter: adentrodepilsen

2010 New News Survey Participant

And That’s My Opinion

http://andthatsmyopinion.com

What it’s about: Various essays on a variety of subjects
Started:1997
Contact: Sandy Goldman
smgoldman@ameritech.net

2010 New News Survey Participant

ArchPundit

www.archpundit.com
What it’s about: Illinois politics
Started: 8/1/02
Contact: Larry Handlin, Publisher
archpundit@gmail.com

Video: www.youtube.com/archpundit
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/archpundit
Twitter: archpundit

AREA Chicago

www.areachicago.org
What it’s about: Social and cultural movements in Chicago; “AREA Chicago supports the work of people and organizations building a socially just city. AREA actively gathers, shares, and produces knowledge about local culture and politics. It’s newspaper, website and events create relationships and sustain community through art, research, education, and activism.
Started: 2005
Contact: Daniel Tucker, Editor
areachicago@gmail.com

PO Box 476971
Chicago, IL 606047

Photos: www.flickr.com/areachicago

2010 New News Survey Participant

Art Letter

www.artletter.com
What it’s about: Growing community, raising 
consciousness about visual art in Chicago
Started: 9/1/04
Contact: Paul Klein
paul@artletter.com

Twitter: artadvocate

Art or Idiocy?

http://artoridiocy.blogspot.com/
What it’s about: Art and culture in Chicago and elsewhere
Started: September 2004
Contact: Erik Wenzel, Director
artoridiocy@yahoo.com

Video: http://www.youtube.com/user/AdReinhardt
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artoridiocy/
Twitter: artoridiocy

2010 New News Survey Participant

Art Pilsen

http://artpilsen.blogspot.com/
What it’s about: Art Pilsen is a comprehensive guide to events happening in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Started: 2004
Contact: Miguel Cortez, Blogger
mcortezruiz@gmail.com

Art Pilsen
1458 W. 18th St., #1R
Chicago, IL 60608

Twitter: lapsus5

2010 New News Survey Participant

Arte y Vida Chicago

http://www.arteyvidachicago.com
What it’s about: A calendar of Hispanic art and culture in Chicago
Started: 2007
Contact: Amor Montes de Oca, Publisher
amor@arteyvidachicago.com

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/1084606@N22/
Twitter: arteyvida

2010 New News Survey Participant

AustinTalks

http://austintalks.org/
What it’s about: It’s a local news and information web site that covers the West Side Chicago neighborhood of Austin
Started: April 2010
Contact: Suzanne McBride, Coordinator
austintalks.org@gmail.com
WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEWS http://bit.ly/mcbridevideo

AustinTalks
33 E. Congress Parkway, Suite 201-A
Chicago, IL 60605

Video: www.youtube.com/AustinTalks1
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48845654@N02/
Twitter: AustinTalks

2010 New News Survey Participant

Barbershop: Dennis Byrne, Proprietor

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/dennis-byrne-barbershop/
What it’s about: Politics and public policy
Contact: Dennis Byrne, Writer/Columnist
dennis@dennisbyrne.net

5 The Court of Bayview
Northbrook, IL 60062

Twitter: dennispbyrne

2010 New News Survey Participant

Beachwood Reporter

www.beachwoodreporter.com
What it’s about: A Chicago-centric news and culture review that also includes award-winning investigative reporting
Started: 2/1/06
Contact: Steve Rhodes, Editor & Publisher
srhodes@beachwoodreporter.com

The Beachwood Media Company
1427 N. Wicker Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Video: www.youtube.com/beachdust
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/beachwoodreporter
Twitter: BeachwoodReport

2010 New News Survey Participant

BroadShouldersUpdate.com

www.broadshouldersupdate.com
What it’s about: News for community development advocates
Started: 2008
Contact: Justin Massa, Co-founder
justin@movesmart.org

MoveSmart.org
100 N LaSalle St., Ste. 600
Chicago, IL 60602

Twitter: broadshoulders

2010 New News Survey Participant

Broken Heart of Rogers Park

http://morsehellhole.blogspot.com
What it’s about: Very local news and political commentary regarding a north side neighborhood in Chicago.
Started: 2004
Contact: Craig Gernhardt, Publisher/President
craig@gaychimag.com

Gernhardt Publications, Inc.
3115 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

Twitter: craig_gernhardt

2010 New News Survey Participant

Bronzecomm

www.bronzecomm.com
What it’s about: Email service providing news, events and announcements of special interest 
to Chicago-area African Americans
Started: Fall 2002
Contact: Raynard Hall
Publisher
radarnard@mindspring.com

2010 New News Survey Participant

Business POV

www.businessPOV.com
What it’s about: Business, economic activity, 
innovation, entrepreneurship
Started: September 2006
Contact: Mark Scheffler, 
Founder/Executive Producer
mscheffler@businessPOV.com

Audio: www.businessPOV.com

Buzzflash

http://www.buzzflash.com
What it’s about: progressive politics and commerce
Started: May 2000
Contact: Mark Karlin, Editor and Publisher
buzzflash@buzzflash.com

Mark Karlin/ BuzzFlash
688 N. Milwaukee, Suite 204
Chicago, IL 60642

Twitter: buzzflash

2010 New News Survey Participant

Catalyst Chicago

www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook
What it’s about: Public education policy & school reform
Contact: Lorraine Forte, Editor-in-Chief
forte@catalyst-chicago.org

332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Twitter: CatalystChicago

2010 New News Survey Participant

Center Square Journal

http://www.centersquarejournal.com
What it’s about: News for Chicago’s Lincoln Square, Northcenter and Ravenswood Manor neighborhoods.
Started: 01/01/2010
Contact: Mike Fourcher, Founder/Business Manager
mike@centersquarejournal.com

2423 W. Eastwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

Twitter: centersqjournal

2010 New News Survey Participant

Centerstage Chicago

http://www.centerstagechicago.com
What it’s about: Chicago entertainment, music, theater, restaurants, bars, etc.
Started: 1996
Contact: Ben Rubenstein, Managing Editor
editor.inbox@centerstagechicago.com

Centerstage Chicago
350 N. Orleans, 10th Floor South
Chicago, IL 60654

Twitter: cstagechicago

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Argus

www.chicagoargus.blogspot.com
What it’s about: Chicago, along with the issues 
of the world as perceived from Chicago
Started: 12/1/07
Contact: Gregory Tejeda, Publisher, Editor
gregoryt1965@gmail.com

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Art Magazine, Chicago Art Collector

http://www.ChicagoArtMagazine.com, http://www.ChicagoArtCollector.com
What it’s about: The Chicago visual art scene
Started: September 2010
Contact: Kathryn Born, Editor
chicagoartmagazine@gmail.com
chicagoartmap@gmail.com

Twitter: chiartmachine

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Bites

http://www.chicagobites.com
What it’s about: We review food events and restaurants in the Chicago area
Started: 02/01/2006
Contact: Tammy Green, Foodie
chicagobites@gmail.com

Chicago Bites
3353 West Wilson, 2F
Chicago, IL 60625

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=chicago+bites&w=48889116659@N01&s=rec
Twitter: chicagobites

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Carless

www.chicagocarless.com
What it’s about: A personal blog covering life, the civic realm, and online media in Chicago
Started: 6/27/05
Contact: Mike Doyle
mikedoyleblogger@gmail.com

Video: www.youtube.com/user/chicagocarless

Chicago Defender

www.chicagodefender.com
What it’s about: News that relates to the African-American community (music, culture, sports, political, social, legal)
Started: 1/31/08
Contact: Shamontiel L. Vaughn, Web Editor
svaughn@chicagodefender.com

4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653

Twitter: chicagodefender

Chicago Hearts Trivia

www.chicaognow.com/trivia
What it’s about: We post fun trivia questions and quizzes daily and review local Chicago bars that run pub trivia nights in Chicago.
Started: 2008
Contact: Sasha Davis, Blogger
sashaheartstrivia@gmail.com

Twitter: WeHeartTrivia

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Is the World

http://www.chicagoistheworld.org
What it’s about: Ethnic news media
Started: 03/01/2009
Contact: Stephen Franklin
steve@newstips.org

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Journal

www.chicagojournal.com
What it’s about: Community/Neighborhood news 
of the South Loop, West Loop and Near West Side
Contact: Micah Maidenberg
Editor
mmaidenberg@chicagojournal.com

Wednesday Journal, Inc.
141 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Chicago Magazine Online

www.chicagomag.com
What it’s about: General interest Chicago
Started: 1998
Contact: Bill Oakes, Web Manager
boakes@chicagomag.com

435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611

Video: www.youtube.com/chicagomag
Twitter: Chicagomag

Chicago News Cooperative

www.chicagonewscoop.org
What it’s about: Public-service journalism and news of substance and enterprise about the Chicago area
Started: 11/1/2009
Contact: Ben Goldberger, Digital Editor
bgoldberger@chicagonewscoop.org

70 E. Lake St., Suite 810
Chicago, IL 60601

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Now

http://www.chicagonow.com
What it’s about: Chicago Now is an online community created by Chicagoans for Chicagoans. It’s our bloggers’ job to lead the conversation on Chicago.
Started: August 2009
Contact: Bill Adee, Blog Scout
badee@chicagonow.com
WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW http://bit.ly/schmidtvideo

Chicago Tribune Media Group
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Twitter: chicagonow

Chicago Now: Collective Unconscious of Restless Fanatics

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/collective-unconscious-of-restless-fanatics/
What it’s about: General sports theme with a look into the psyche of fandom
Started: 03/01/2010
Contact: Dan Davis, Blogger
obudan@gmail.com

1360 N. Sandburg Terrace, 604 C
Chicago, IL 60610

Twitter: obudan

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Parent

www.chicagoparent.com
What it’s about: Parenting
Contact:Graham Johnston, Manager of Internet and Technology
gjohnston@wjinc.com

141 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Reader

www.chicagoreader.com
What it’s about: News and listings
Started: Online 1994
Contact: Steve Timble, Associate Publisher
stimble@chicagoreader.com

11 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Twitter: Chicago_Reader

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Reporter

www.chicagoreporter.com
What it’s about: An investigative monthly that reports on race and poverty issues in the Chicago metro area
Started: 1997
Contact:
Alden K. Loury, Editor and Publisher
aldenl@chicagoreporter.com

332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60604

Twitter: ChicagoReporter

Chicago Sun-Times

www.suntimes.com
What it’s about: Chicago-area news and sports
Started: 1994
Contact: Jack Barry, Assistant Managing Editor-Interactive Media
jbarry@suntimes.com

Chicago Sun-Times-Interactive Media
350 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL 60654

Twitter: suntimes

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Talks

http://www.chicagotalks.org
What it’s about: Chicago Talks is a community/citizen local news web portal that features news from Chicago neighborhoods and aggregates links from local community groups, ethnic news outlets, and nonprofits. Formaly called Creating Community Connections.
Contact: Suzanne McBride, Site Director
citizenjourno@gmail.com
WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEWS http://bit.ly/mcbridevideo

33 E. Congress Parkway, Ste. 201-A
Chicago, IL 60605

Twitter: chicagotalks

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Techy

www.chicagonow.com/chicagotechy
What it’s about: Technology stuff which everyone can understand
Started: January 2010
Contact: Alberto Arreola
doublea0380@aol.com

Twitter: albert80

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Tribune

www.chicagotribune.com
What it’s about: Online edition of daily paper offering breaking news, weather, sports, web specials on current events, and Chicago area guides.
Started: 03/14/1996
Contact: Ben Estes, Editor
bestes@tribune.com

435 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Video: www.youtube.com/chicagotribune
Twitter: coloneltribune

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicago Weekly

www.chicagoweekly.net
What it’s about: News, arts and culture 
of the South Side, centered around the 
University of Chicago
Started: 2007
Contact: cwedit@gmail.com

Newcity Communications
770 N. Halsted St., Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60642

Chicagoist

www.chicagoist.com
What it’s about: Chicago! News, events, food, etc.
Started: 2004
Contact: Marcus Gilmer

Audio: chicagoist.com/tags/podcast
Twitter: Chicagoist

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicagonista

http://www.chicagonista.com
What it’s about: An online magazine for Chicago’s active families
Started: 2008
Contact: MJ Tam, Editor
mjtam@chicagonista.com

City Connect Media, Inc.
738 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL 60616

Video: Online Live Show – http://www.ChicagonistaLive.com
Twitter: mjtam / chicagonista

ChicagoStorytelling

http://www.chicagostorytelling.com
What it’s about: Local community news in Chicago neighborhoods
Started: September 2009
Contact: Mike Reilley, Editor/ Instructor
mreille1@depaul.edu

DePaul University College of Communication / Mike Reilley
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 1106
Chicago, IL 60604

Video: http://www.youtube.com/chicagostorytelling
Photos: Slideshows – http://www.chicagostorytelling.tv/project/index.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagostorytelling/
Twitter: chitownstories

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicagov.org

http://chicagov.org/
What it’s about: Investigative journalism of Chicago government in print, audio, and video.
When it started: 05/01/2010
Contact: Dave Glowacz, Journalist
glow@mrradio.org

2010 New News Survey Participant

Chicanísima

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicanisima/
What it’s about: Latino affairs
Started: May 2009
Contact: Teresa Puente
chicanisimachicago@yahoo.com

WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW http://bit.ly/cIdnQw

Twitter: tcpuente

2010 New News Survey Participant

Claretian Associates

www.claretianassociates.org
What it’s about: Nonprofit community development corporation in South Chicago
Started: 2003

Comings & Goings

www.southlandbusinessnews.blogspot.com
What it’s about: Businesses opening and closing in Chicago’s Southland
Started: 05/01/2009
Contact: Bob Bong, Managing Editor
bobbong@hotmail.com

Twitter: bobbong

2010 New News Survey Participant

Community Media Workshop

www.communitymediaworkshop.org
What it’s about: Neighborhood news
Started: Newstips.org, 1997;
CommunityMediaworkshop.org, January 2008
Contact: Thom Clark, President
thom@newstips.org

600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Audio: communitymediaworkshop.org/podcast
Video: communitymediaworkshop.org/vlog
Twitter: npcommunicator


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at Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

Walk-in Address:
218 S. Wabash, 7th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Tel: 312-369-6400
Fax: 312-369-6404

Website: http://www.communitymediaworkshop.org
E-Mail: cmw@newstips.org
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