In spite of industry trends, a new monthly print magazine targeting Chicago women is set to hit newsstands this summer.
FW: Chicago launched with a digital-only edition in June. The first print issue is slated for September, followed by a November issue, with monthly publication beginning in 2016.
The free, ad-supported magazine has a target circulation of 50,000 and is looking to fill the void left by Today's Chicago Woman, a monthly magazine for professional women that folded in January after 32 years.
"There's still a need for a voice for women in Chicago," said Kendra Chaplin, 36, founder and publisher of FW: Chicago. "Today's Chicago Woman started a conversation, and we're looking to continue it and take it to the next level."
Headquartered in the West Loop, the new magazine will feature profiles of prominent women and women-led initiatives making an impact in Chicago. It will also include fashion, food, lifestyle and social news.
The September cover story will profile Rochelle Trotter, widow of famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, who died in 2013. She heads up Charlie Trotter's Culinary Education Foundation.
Chaplin, an Evanston native, spent 15 years working with Human Capital Media, a Chicago-based, family-owned business publisher. She started FW: Chicago (the FW stands for forward) after raising "six-figure" seed capital, she said.
"Women's issues are still very pertinent, whether it comes to wage gaps or maternity policies, these conversations are still relevant," Chaplin said. ...For the rest of the story, go the the Chicago Tribune website or click here.
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