Newcity magazine is the foundation of what we do. We’ve evolved many times over the years, but what we’ve become today as a monthly magazine is our most exciting incarnation yet and we are still a long way from where we want to be. Philosophically, we are grounded in the idea that Chicago is the center of our universe, and that a great city, a great cultural capital, deserves a magazine that stands shoulder to shoulder with anything published anywhere. By extension, we are interested in the entire Midwest region, where so many of our arts leaders get their start, but where also so much excellent cultural production takes place, often under the radar.
So what does a magazine like this consist of? We’re committed to excellent journalism and great storytelling, often at a length and a depth increasingly rare in contemporary magazines. We believe in graphic storytelling (i.e. comics) as a singular medium for fiction and memoir alike, and aim to publish original stories each month. And arts and culture remain the centerpiece of all that we do, with feature stories and reviews spanning art, dance, design, film, food & drink, lit, music and theater/performance every month.
We believe a magazine should be a beautiful object in its own right, from the paper it is printed on to the design and photography that fills its pages.
We don’t have an exact model for what we’re doing, but If your interests include city-based story-centered magazines like New York and the New Yorker, as well as art magazines like Frieze and Artforum, you should love our direction.
We’re in the process of evolving from strictly complimentary drop-offs around town into a hybrid membership model that will allow us to become sustainable regardless of advertising. And we would love you to give us a try by subscribing. We have very flexible plans—full year or month to month commitments—and we crave your feedback on how we are doing. Just click here for the options.
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The magazine hits the streets every month through a combination of paid subscriptions ($66/year) sent via first class mail and a limited number of complimentary drop-off locations in Chicago’s “cultural corridor” near the lakefront, from Hyde Park on the south up to Andersonville on the north. Key neighborhoods include South Loop, West Loop, Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, Streeterville, Michigan Avenue and the Loop. Limited suburban distribution primarily serves the greater Evanston area. (Click here for an interactive map.)
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Gender: 51% Female, 49% Male
Age: 39% 18-34, 40% 35-54, 13% 55+
HHI: 56% $50k+, 24% $100k+, 11% $150k+
Education: 81% College graduate, 30% Advanced degree
*Quantcast, February 2016
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Newcity’s advertising rates are based on size, whether billed or prepaid, and frequency. You can peruse our prepaid advertising rates, get production information, and place your ad at our portal here. But if you prefer to work with an advertising specialist to craft your campaign, contact us at [email protected], and let us know your industry, what you want to advertise (general branding/exposure or event-based) and a rough idea of budget. We’ll send you back some ideas promptly.