Chicago’s best magazine: Chicagoly

Published on May 23, 2017 | 9:36 am CDT
22nd Century Media product named top of its class after first year

Past winners of the Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence in the non-daily category include magazines and weekly newspapers published for decades.

Add to that list Chicagoly, sister publication of The Lake Forest Leader, which accomplished the feat in just one year. 

“We were happy to compete and were thrilled to be a finalist,” Chicagoly Publisher Joe Coughlin said, “but to win the award was truly an honor—and a surprise, if we’re being honest. “We know we are putting out a quality product every issue. To be recognized at such a high level and this early is a testament to substantive journalism and dedication.”

Chicagoly won the award, officially General Excellence in Print Journalism, over Chicago magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business among the finalists. No other publication has won the honor for its first year.

The Peter Lisagor Awards, from the Chicago Headline Club, celebrated its 40th year with a banquet on May 12. The program is a Chicago institution that celebrates the best area journalism. For the first time, the Lisagors opened its competition to the entire state.

There were 871 entries this year, nearly a record for the program named for the Chicago Daily News’ Washington bureau chief from 1959-1976.

Chicagoly, a quarterly publication, launched with a winter issue at the end of 2015. Its four issues in 2016 were eligible for the most recent Lisagor Awards, as well as other awards programs.

In early 2017, Chicagoly’s fall 2016 cover for its Tech Issue won a national Readers' Choice Award in the business and tech category from the American Society of Magazine Editors. 

A few weeks later, Chicagoly found out it was a finalist for four Lisagor Awards — one for General Excellence and three in writing categories. The nominated stories were: “Portrait of an Artist,” a profile on the life and times of Chicagoan Shel Silverstein, by Jamie Lynn Ferguson in the Feature Writing category; “Plugged In: The Story of Internet Addiction,” from Lorraine Boissoneault; and “Soft Landing,” a breakdown of the mattress-store boom, by Zach Brooke.

Just over a year in, Chicagoly promises more to come.

“It’s been quite a ride,” said Vasilis Papadrosos, Chicagoly’s creative director. “Chicagoly is still very much a new magazine so it’s constantly growing, adapting and improving with every issue. Each issue gets stronger and stronger.”

Subscribe now in time for Summer 2017: The Chicago Icon Issue

The newest issue of Chicagoly will hit subscribers and newsstands the first week of June. To ensure your copy, make sure to subscribe now at 

The Summer edition is the Chicago Icon Issue, focusing on big names and influencers on Chicagoland culture. Chicagoly sat down with iconic news anchor Ron Magers, who is now one year into his well-deserved retirement; explains how Portillo’s became the most notable of all Chicago restaurants; and runs through the history and importance of the game Chicago claims: 16-inch softball.

Also included are interviews with iconic actor and comedian Jeff Garlin, iconic architect Adrian Smith, and future icon author Catherine Lacey.

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