Chicago Neighborhood and Community Newspapers

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Scott Olson

Many of Chicago's neighborhood papers have consolidated under single flagships, but they still strive, with varying success, to give Chicago's communities their voice, offering readers a look into the unique cultures and lifestyles of Chicago's many areas.

From Inside Chicago, which covers north-side neighborhoods, to the Austin Weekly News, which offers residents event and local listings for the Austin neighborhood, you'll find out more about Chicago through its regional publications than you will on any out-of-town or national newspaper.

Explore the following article to discover more about the micro-communities that exist in each of the regions of Chicago, including minorities, neighborhoods, and even business associations and listings.

Northside, Southside, and Westside Publications

For those visiting the north side of Chicago, you might want to visit the website of Inside Chicago, an online resource for residents of the area that gives comprehensive guides to seasonal activities, local business listings, and special events coming to town.

The growing Chicago community paper and online news organization, Chicago Journal, also features north side coverage of the South, West and Near West Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukranian Village, Lake View, Roscoe Village, North Center, Rogers Park, Ravenswood, Edgewater, Uptown, Lincoln Park, River North, Old Town, and the Gold Coast.

For those visiting the south side of the city, you might consider getting hyper-local with your selection of publication—the Beverly Review has served Chicago's Beverly Hills, Morgan Park, and Mount Greenwood neighborhoods since 1905, while the Hyde Park Herald has served the Hyde Park neighborhood since 1882.

For folks visiting Bridgeport, Canaryville, Armour Square, Chinatown, McKinley Park, Brighton Park, and Back of the Yards neighborhoods Bridgeport News serves residents and visitors daily options for things to do in the area.

Visitors to the west side of Chicago, especially those touring the Austin neighborhood, can browse the Austin Weekly News website to hear more about life and culture on the west side.

City-Wide and Community-Specific Newspapers

You don't just have to go locally to find the news and events going on in the Chicago region, there are also a number of national publications run right out of the Windy City including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Daily Herald. Still, if you're looking for that local flair, you might consider some smaller publications that cater to specific communities in Chicago.

Chicago daily and weekly newspapers, as well as Chicago college and university newspapers, can provide resources to find out more about local activities, sales, job listings, special events, and current news affecting the Chicago region—check out the linked guides to both of these for more information on these types of publications.

There are also a number of publications that speak to specific communities across the city including the Chicago Defender, which was founded in 1905 and remains one of the most prominent African-American newspapers in the nation, or the ​Chicago Free Press, which caters to the LGBT community and included a "rainbow directory" of queer-friendly businesses in the city.

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