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Life 101: Newcity’s Annual Education and Reinvention Issue Coming January 8

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01.09.13Life101Each January, we publish Life 101, an issue dedicated to education and personal reinvention based on the theme “Change Your Life.”  From the casual—a cooking or dance
class, a new workout regime, a topical forum—to continuing ed and degree programs, especially advanced degrees, we seek to offer a sophisticated and useful approach to the universal goal of self-improvement. (In general, we’re targeting an adult population, not pre-college high school kids.)

Other fair game for this edition includes personal health and wellbeing, life coaching and all the other ways we seek to better ourselves.

If education and self-improvement is part, or all, of your mission, we hope you’ll engage with us as we endeavor to create a truly special issue. You won’t connect with a finer audience of voracious knowledge seekers anywhere, we guarantee that. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity’s Year End Super Issue December 25: The Top 5 of Everything & Holiday Movies

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We’re ending the year with a big bang: our beloved Top 5 of Everything will choose the year’s top movies, music, books, plays and much much more. Our Holiday Movie Guide will steer folks to and from the best and worst of the array of films hitting the multiplex.

Plus, if you’re in the business of selling Christmas presents, this one streets on December 23! And if you’re having a New Year’s Eve party, an ad in this one will help revelers finalize their end-of-the-year plans.

So if you want to end your year with a bang of your own, make sure you advertise in this one. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Custom Publishing: UChicago Arts Winter 2015 Edition

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UChicagoArtsFall2014coverAfter its holiday break, Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood return to life with students, professors and other folks crowding its streets. Not to mention visitors from all over the city drawn to events and programs as part of the University of Chicago’s renowned cultural offerings.

This sees it full manifestation in the dynamic pages of UChicago Arts, a quarterly guide to concerts, exhibitions, lectures, plays, screenings, performances and more at the University of Chicago.

From the Logan Center and the Arts Incubator to Court Theatre and the Smart Museum, the University of Chicago is home to renowned arts destinations, and world-class artists and emerging creators alike. This is the first publication covering the full range of UChicago Arts, and the best chance to reach this intellectually and culturally engaged audience.  Read the rest of this entry »

You Can Print This: A Case for Analog Media

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On Saturday, November 15, 2014, Newcity editor and co-publisher Brian Hieggelke was invited to address the Arts Club of Chicago as part of its ongoing “Case” series. What follows is a transcript of his remarks.

Back in the nineties, I was convinced that the future was grim for print publications. That the impending digital revolution would be wholly transformative, and that to not do something about it would not only be financial suicide, but would leave me on the outside looking in at the greatest technological, social, cultural, political and lifestyle revolution perhaps in history. So I decided to bet the ranch as they say and pour every bit of profit we made, and every bit of future profit I could borrow, into creating a network around the digital transformation of alternative newspapers, as publications like Newcity were then called.

I logged thousands of miles by plane and by car over those years in pursuing this mission, visiting publications from Vermont to New Orleans and many parts in between. And I frequented many an industry conference in those years, primarily organized around daily newspapers and their digital endeavors. It was a regular occurrence at those conferences, held in the days before tablets and smartphones, for some industry leader to get up and to smugly summarize the irrefutable case for print: You Can’t Take Your Computer Into the Bathroom and as long as that was the case, print would survive.

I could not help but chuckle when I heard this; these folks had such diminutive aspirations for the products they were devoting their lives to. 

A recent study called “IT in the Toilet” found that 75 percent of us admit to using our phones in the bathroom, for calls, texts, social media and so on. Sounds like the core argument in favor of print, as distasteful as it was, has been flushed away by time.

I’ve been thinking a long time about the role of print in a digital world, and hope that my observations today will not be so disposable. Read the rest of this entry »

Presents: Newcity’s Holiday Issue Coming November 27

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11.21.13Hits the streets the day before Black Wednesday!

Who should advertise?

Retailers,  including museum gift shops, who rely on the holiday season to make or break your year and have a great story to tell our large, city-based and affluent audience;

Nightclubs who want to tell us where to go on Black Wednesday (this issue comes out the day before);

Theaters, dance companies and cultural institutions who produce special shows for the season or want to encourage gift certificates as a holiday gift;

Restaurants, who would like to feed our audience,  as they look for sustenance after shopping, or meet friends to exchange holiday cheer, or on their way to a holiday dance or theater production;

Artists and gallerists who organize or participate in art- or artisan-driven local gift fairs;

Fashion retailers, who want to sell holiday party outfits to our audience members to wear to the theater, to the club, or to holiday parties. (Not to mention salons to make them pretty.)

In other words, anyone who wants to make things happen in this holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »

Robert Rodi appointed Assistant Music Editor of Newcity

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RR2011Newcity is pleased to report that Robert Rodi has joined our staff as Assistant Music Editor. In this role, Robert will take the lead in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s extensive and energetic live music scene. Robert writes fiction and nonfiction and has authored ten books; he’s published arts criticism in Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, salon.com and Newcity, and blogged about Chicago music for Huffington Post.

He’s also active on the music scene as the host of Robert Rodi & Friends, a monthly jazz jam session, and as the front man of the prog rock band 7th Kind. In December he begins a residency at Uncommon Ground on Devon, where he’ll host a monthly Sunday jazz night. He holds a BA in Communication from Rollins College. Robert is a Chicago native, and lives on the North Side with his partner and a constantly shifting number of dogs. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Custom Publishing: Music Box Theatre’s December-January Edition

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A blockbuster way to reach Lakeview’s residents and Chicago’s film lovers, especially during the holiday season when attendance soars!

As one of Chicago’s premier art-film exhibitors, the Music Box Theatre is Lakeview’s leading cultural venue, drawing visitors from around the city on a daily basis. With an active two-month user life, the events-centric calendar is printed as a pocket-sized magazine (32 pages, 5.375 inches wide by 8.375 inches tall) and functions as both a visitors guide to the venue as well as a marketing tool for neighboring and citywide businesses and events.

Distribution: 30,000 circulation includes comprehensive reach of Music Box patrons, plus standalone distribution to more than 200 locations, including local hospitality, retail, restaurant and dedicated news boxes.

Publication Date: November 26

Space Deadline: November 13 (or when sold out)

Artwork Deadline: November 14

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Amy Danzer appointed Assistant Lit Editor of Newcity

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Newcity headshot IINewcity is pleased to report that Amy Danzer has joined our staff as Assistant Lit Editor. In this role, Amy will take the lead in planning and executing Newcity’s coverage of Chicago’s literary culture, from fiction to poetry to graphic novels and everywhere in between.

Amy Danzer writes fiction and creative nonfiction, teaches literature and writing at Chicago-area colleges and universities, and manages several masters programs at Northwestern University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Literature, both from NU. When Danzer isn’t working, reading or writing, she is often at live lit events in town, photographing the city, or spending time with her partner and kinfolk. Read the rest of this entry »

Newcity Assistant Editor-Music Opening

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Newcity seeks an assistant editor to work directly with the editor in building on the foundation of music coverage in Newcity. This is a paid, part-time position.

Is music journalism dying? We don’t think so. We think it’s time to roll up your sleeves, make your metaphorical fists, and start a fight with the forces of banality at work in the culture. You know who and where they are.

The ideal candidate would be an exceptional writer and journalist, with a wide range of genre interests coupled with an innate feel for the musical zeitgeist. The ability to craft creative and provocative essays and features, while inspiring the same from a stable of freelance contributors, is paramount. As is an ability to source strong local music-news features. A working comfort with digital and social media are expected; multimedia skills are a plus. Read the rest of this entry »

Why delivering Newcity is the perfect gig in the freelance economy

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One day, usually every other Wednesday, we rent vehicles and deliver Newcity to just under a thousand locations around Chicago and Evanston. The steady, regular work has proven to be a solid gig for several of our longtime drivers who are musicians by trade—with some doing this as long as fifteen years. 

Why does this work for them?

It’s a concentrated (one long day), regular batch of work and income

It’s physical but not unduly taxing, offering a respite from a too-often sedentary life

It’s a way to engage, face to face, with the city around us in a time of increasing digital isolation. Drivers are in and out of vehicles breathing fresh (well, Chicago) air; interacting with shopkeepers and getting to know parts of the city in great detail. 

It’s a way to contribute to a publication you read, with a mission you believe in. (If you don’t, forget the rest: this is not for you.) Read the rest of this entry »