Media in Chicago

The Chicago metropolitan area (the Chicago Market) commands the third-largest media market in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles and the largest inland market.[1] All of the major U.S. television networks have subsidiaries in Chicago. WGN-TV, which is owned by the Tribune Media Company, is carried (with some programming differences) as "WGN America" on cable and satellite nationwide. Sun-Times Media Group is also headquartered in Chicago, which, along with the Tribune Media Company, are some the largest owners of daily newspapers in the country.

Harpo Studios, home of talk show host Oprah Winfrey


Journalists, novelists, architects, engineers, business tycoons, scientists, poets, sports teams, criminals, and millions of laborers shaped Chicago's national and international reputation. Images and representations are important means by which the city is known and negotiated. During the years of rapid urbanization between 1890 and 1930, numerous daily newspapers presented the most important and pervasive versions of the city.

Among the significant innovations of Chicago's newspapers in these years that shaped the idea of the city was the emergence of the local color columnist. Groeninger (2005) examines the role of columnists in Chicago newspapers in creating a "city of the mind." After a review of the literature on images of cities, the relationship of newspapers to modern city life in the thought of Robert Park, and the world of Chicago's newspapers at the turn of the 20th century, detailed studies of a number of the most important columnists of the era follow. George Ade's column of the 1890s in the Daily News, "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," presented a view of Chicago from the perspective of migrants from the small towns of the Midwest. In the same decade Finley Peter Dunne's column in the Evening Post, featuring the fictional Irish barkeeper, Mr. Dooley, offered readers a literary version of the Irish working-class neighborhood of Bridgeport. Ring Lardner's Tribune sports column of the teens, "In the Wake of the News," satirized not only Chicagoans obsession with sports, but also the middle-class culture of opera, musical theater, and the newspaper itself. Several columns in the black newspaper, The Whip, offered images of Bronzeville in the 1920s that both reflected and helped shape the experience of African-Americans on the South Side of Chicago. Ben Hecht's "1001 Afternoons in Chicago" column in the Daily News expressed a new, anti-Victorian sensibility in the post-war era, but his most enduring contributions to the image of Chicago were on the stage and in the new medium of film. The columnists who wrote about everyday life in the city were the most distinctive and powerful newspaper voices in shaping the idea of Chicago and the civic personality of the city itself.[2]


Two major daily newspapers are published in Chicago, The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. The former has the larger circulation. There are also a number of regional and special-interest newspapers such as the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), SouthtownStar, the Chicago Defender, RedEye, Third Coast Press and the Chicago Reader.




Business, legal, entertainment and other local periodicals

Defunct newspapers

Radio stations

According to Nielsen Audio, Chicago is America's third largest radio market, trailing New York and Los Angeles.


Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
560 WIND AM 560 The Answer News/conservative talk Salem Communications
670 WSCR The Score Sports Radio Sports talk Entercom
720 WGN News/Talk 720 News/talk/sports Tribune Company
750 WNDZ Access Radio Chicago Brokered programming Newsweb Corporation
780 WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 All-news radio Entercom
820 WCPT Chicago's Progressive Talk Progressive talk Newsweb Corporation
850 WAIT The Promise Christian radio Newsweb Corporation
890 WLS 89 WLS News/talk radio Cumulus Media
930 WKBM Relevant Radio Christian radio Starboard Broadcasting
950 WNTD Relevant Radio Catholic Teaching M&S WNTD, LLC
1000 WMVP Chicago ESPN Radio 1000 Sports talk The Walt Disney Company
1030 WNVR Polskie Radio Chicago World ethnic Polnet Communications
1080 WNWI AP Radio Ethnic radio Birach Broadcasting Corporation
1110 WMBI Moody Radio Christian radio Moody Radio
1160 WYLL AM 1160 WYLL Christian talk Salem Communications
1200 WRTO La Tremenda 1200 AM Spanish news/talk Univision Radio
1220 WKRS ESPN Deportes 1220 Spanish language sports NextMedia Group
1230 WJOB AM-1230 WJOB News/talk/sports Vazquez Development, LLC
1240 WSBC Access Radio Chicago Variety Newsweb Corporation
1270 WWCA Relevant Radio Christian radio Starboard Broadcasting
1300 WRDZ Polskie Radio Chicago World Ethnic Polnet Communications
1320 WKAN Talk AM 1320 Talk/personality Staradio
1330 WKTA Chicago's Radio Station World ethnic Polnet Communications
1340 WJOL 1340 WJOL News/talk/sports NextMedia Group
1370 WLTH WeaLTH Radio Community radio WLTH Radio
1390 WGRB Inspiration 1390 Gospel music iHeartMedia
1410 WRMN The Radio Shopping Show
1420 WIMS AM-1420 WIMS News/talk Gerard Media, LLC
1450 WCEV 1450 AM WCEV Ethnic talk Migala Communications Corporation
1490 WPNA Chicagoland's International Choice Polish/ethnic Alliance Communications
1500 WAKE Oldies 1500 WAKE Oldies/Classic Hits Radio One Communications
1500 WPJX Spanish radio Polnet Communications
1510 WWHN WWHN 1510 AM Urban contemporary gospel Hawkins Broadcasting Company
1530 WCKG Chicago's Hometown Station Talk/brokered programming Joseph J. Gentile
1570 WBGX The Big Gospel Express Gospel Great Lakes Radio-Chicago, LLC
1590 WCGO Serving Chicagoland's Diverse Communities Ethnic Kovas Communications, Inc.
1690 WVON The Talk of Chicago Urban talk iHeartMedia


Frequency Callsign Branding Format Owner
87.7 WRME-LP 87.7 MeTV FM Oldies Venture Technologies Group
88.1 WCRX 88.1FM WCRX, Chicago's Underground Dance/Top 40/Hip hop Columbia College Chicago
88.1 WLRA 88.1FM WLRA, The Start College Radio Lewis University
88.3 WZRD The Wizard Freeform Northeastern Illinois University
88.3 WXAV WXAV 88.3 FM College radio Saint Xavier University
88.5 WHPK WHPK 88.5 FM College radio University of Chicago
88.7 WLUW Independent Community Radio Community radio Loyola University Chicago
88.9 WMXM Lake Forest College Radio College radio Lake Forest College
89.1 WOKL K-Love Christian AC Educational Media Foundation
89.1 WONC Pure Rock FM 89 Album-oriented rock North Central College
89.3 WNUR-FM WNUR 89.3 FM,
Chicago's Sound Experiment
Variety Northwestern University
89.7 WONU Shine.FM Contemporary Christian music Olivet Nazarene University
90.1 WMBI-FM Moody Radio Christian radio Moody Bible Institute
90.9 WDCB 90.9 FM WDCB Public radio/jazz College of DuPage
91.5 WBEZ Chicago Public Radio Public radio Chicago Public Media
91.7 WZKL K-Love Christian AC Educational Media Foundation
92.3 WPWX Power 92 Mainstream urban Crawford Broadcasting
92.5 WCLR K-Love Christian AC Educational Media Foundation
92.7 WCPY Chicago's Progressive Talk/
Dance Factory FM
Progressive talk (day);
Dance Hits (night)
Newsweb Corporation
93.1 WXRT 93XRT, Chicago's Finest Rock Adult album alternative Entercom
93.5 WVIV-FM Latino Mix 103.1 / 93.5 Spanish urban Univision Radio
93.9 WLIT-FM 93.9 Lite FM Adult contemporary iHeartMedia
94.3 WJKL Air1 Christian CHR Educational Media Foundation
94.7 WLS-FM Chicago's Classic Hits Classic Hits Cumulus Media
95.1 WIIL 95 WIIL Rock Active Rock Alpha Media
95.5 WEBG Big 95.5 Country music iHeartMedia
95.9 WERV-FM 95.9 The River Classic hits NextMedia Group
96.3 WBBM-FM B-96 CHR/Top 40 Entercom
96.7 WSSR Star 96.7 Adult contemporary NextMedia Group
96.9 WWDV The Drive Classic rock Hubbard Broadcasting
97.1 WDRV The Drive Classic rock Hubbard Broadcasting
97.9 WCKL-FM K-LOVE Contemporary Christian Educational Media Foundation
98.3 WCCQ 98.3 WCCQ Country NextMedia Group
(NM Licensing LLC)
98.7 WFMT 98.7 WFMT Classical music Window To The World Communications, Inc.
99.5 WUSN US99 Country music Entercom
99.9 WYHI Bible Broadcasting Network Religious Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc.
100.3 WSHE-FM Chicago's WSHE 100.3 Adult hits Hubbard Broadcasting
100.7 WRXQ 100.7 RXQ Classic rock NextMedia Group
(NM Licensing LLC)
101.1 WKQX 101 WKQX Alternative rock Merlin Media, LLC
101.9 WTMX The Mix Hot AC Hubbard Broadcasting
102.3 WXLC 102.3 XLC Hot AC NextMedia Group
102.3 WYCA Rejoice 102.3 Black gospel Crawford Broadcasting Co.
102.7 WVAZ Today's R&B & Old School V103 Urban AC iHeartMedia
103.1 WPNA-FM Polish music Polish National Alliance
103.5 WKSC-FM 103–5 Kiss FM CHR/Top 40 iHeartMedia
104.3 WBMX 104.3 JAMS Classic hip hop Entercom
104.7 WCFL Family Friendly WBGL Christian AC Illinois District Council of the Assemblies of God
105.1 WOJO La Que Buena 105.1 Regional Mexican Univision Radio
105.9 WCFS-FM News Radio 780 & 105.9 All-news radio CBS Radio
106.3 WSRB Soul 106.3 Urban talk/Urban AC Crawford Broadcasting
(Dontron, Inc.)
107.5 WGCI-FM 107.5 WGCI, #1 For Hip hop & R&B Urban contemporary iHeartMedia
107.9 WLEY-FM La Ley 107.9 Regional Mexican Spanish Broadcasting System

Television stations

Local broadcast stations

Network owned-and-operated stations are highlighted in bold.

Channel Callsign Affiliation Subchannels Owner
Channel Programming
2 WBBM-TV CBS 2.2 Decades CBS Television Stations
(CBS Corporation)
5 WMAQ-TV NBC 5.2 Cozi TV NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
7 WLS-TV ABC 7.2
Live Well Network
Disney-ABC Television Group
(The Walt Disney Company)
9 WGN-TV Independent 9.2
Antenna TV
This TV
Tribune Broadcasting
(Tribune Media)
11 WTTW PBS 11.2
WTTW Prime
PBS Kids
Window to the World Communications, Inc.
13 WOCK-CD Infomercials 13.2
KM Communications
23 WWME-CD MeTV 23.2 Heroes & Icons Weigel Broadcasting
24 WPVN-CD Independent/RTV 24.2
Polnet Communications
26 WCIU-TV Independent 26.2
The U Too
MeTV (simulcast of WWME-CD)
Me Too (simulcast of WMEU-CA)
Bounce TV
Weigel Broadcasting
32 WFLD Fox Fox Television Stations
(21st Century Fox)
34 WEDE-CD Religious independent/
First United, Inc.
35 WWTO-TV TBN 35.2
Hillsong Channel
TBN Enlace USA
Smile of a Child TV
Trinity Broadcasting Network
38 WCPX-TV Ion Television 38.2
ION Life
ION Shop
ION Media Networks
40 WESV-LD Estrella TV 40.2 Inmigrante TV Liberman Broadcasting
44 WSNS-TV Telemundo 44.2 TeleXitos NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
48 WMEU-CA Independent/Me Too 48.2
Off-schedule replay of WCIU
CBS(simulcast of WBBM-TV)
Decades(simulcast of WBBM-DT2)
Weigel Broadcasting
50 WPWR-TV The CW/MyNetworkTV[3] 50.2
Light TV
Fox Television Stations
(21st Century Fox)
60 WXFT-DT UniMás 60.2
Univision (simulcast of WGBO-DT)
Univision Communications
61 WCHU-LP Azteca América Venture Technologies Group
62 WJYS Religious independent Oxford Media Group Inc.
66 WGBO-DT Univision 66.2
Univision Communications

Local independent cable channels

Government cable channels for Chicago are also carried on channels 23, 25, and 49.

Although EVINE Live does have over-the-air affiliates, it is not available via broadcast television in Chicago; however, is available on Comcast on channels 89 and 164 and RCN channel 193 in the Chicago market.


Media corporations

See also


  1. ^ "Nielsen Media 2009–2010 Local Market Estimates". Nielsen Media Research. Broadcast Employment Services. September 27, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  2. ^ David V. Groeninger, "Chicago Imagined: The Role of Newspaper Columnists in Creating a City of the Mind, 1890–1930." PhD dissertation Loyola U., Chicago 2005. 280 pp. DAI 2005 66(5): 1925-A. DA3175764 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. See also Sarah Susan Marcus, "Up from the Prairie: Depictions of Chicago and the Middle West in Popular Culture, 1865–1983." PhD dissertation U. of Wisconsin, Madison 2001. 445 pp. DAI 2001 62(4): 1554-1555-A. DA3012550 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  3. ^ Note: Although WPWR-TV is a MyNetworkTV O&O, the programming service is carried as a secondary affiliation; The CW is the station's primary affiliation.

External links

Balaban and Katz

Balaban and Katz Theater Corporation, or B&K, was a theatre corporation which owned a chain of motion picture theaters and founded by Barney Balaban (later long-time President of Paramount Pictures), his six siblings, and Sam Katz.

Channel Awesome

Channel Awesome, Inc. is an American online media production company based in Lombard, Illinois. The company was created in 2008 by Mike Michaud, Mike Ellis, and Bhargav Dronamraju. Channel Awesome operated the That Guy with the Glasses website (often abbreviated TGWTG) until late 2014, when it was phased into the Channel Awesome website. The site is best known for the comedic film review series Nostalgia Critic, starring Doug Walker.

TGWTG previously hosted fellow channels by Bar Fiesta beginning in November 2009, and Blistered Thumbs beginning in November 2010. Channel Awesome currently hosts a YouTube channel of the same name with an emphasis on content produced by Doug Walker and his brother Rob. After a series of scandals, nearly all affiliated creators severed ties with Channel Awesome and departed in April 2018. All of Channel Awesome's content was hosted by Blip or YouTube prior to the former's shutdown in August 2015. is Chicago, Illinois' online resource for the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The website features a free popular matchmaker, photo galleries, advice columns, breaking news affecting the community, and the largest database of the

Midwest's LGBT events.

Chicago Film Critics Association

The Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) is an association of professional film critics, who work in print, broadcast and online media, based in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The organization was founded in 1990 by film critics Sharon LeMaire and Sue Kiner, following the success of the first Chicago Film Critics Awards given out in 1988. The association comprises 60 members.

Since 1989, the CFCA has given out annual awards that recognize the best films in a variety of categories. These awards are noted in the established print media such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The association has also hosted the annual Chicago Critics Film Festival since 2013, which intends to bring a number of feature and short films to a larger audience.

Chicago Innovation Awards

The Chicago Innovation Awards was created by the Chicago Sun-Times and Kuczmarski & Associates in 2002. Each year the Awards recognize 10 Chicago area businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations that develop the year's most innovative new products and services.

Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is a not-for-profit media company that operates as the primary National Public Radio member organization for Chicago. It owns three non-commercial educational FM broadcast stations and one FM translator, and produces the programs Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for NPR stations, This American Life which is self-distributed but uses PRX for distribution to other radio stations, and Sound Opinions for PRX. CPM is based at Navy Pier in Chicago.

The organization was started to take over the operation of 91.5 WBEZ from the Chicago Board of Education in 1990. Until April 2010, the company's legal name was The WBEZ Alliance, Inc. and it used the name Chicago Public Radio for its primary radio station and corporate identity.On June 22, 2012, it was announced that CPM had purchased troubled WRTE-FM from National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicagoland (TV series)

Chicagoland is a documentary series that debuted its pilot episode at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2014. It was aired on CNN in eight successive weekly broadcasts beginning March 6, 2014, and ending April 24, 2014. It is executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn and created by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin. During its production, the documentary received assistance from the office of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Feast of Fun

The Feast of Fun podcast (formerly titled "Feast of Fools") is a Chicago, Illinois-based talk show hosted by Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion that showcases celebrity guests, artists, musicians, actors, and members of the LGBT community and those who support them. A typical program will include one or more of a number of features, including roundtable discussions, unusual news and social trends, LGBT issues, comedy, music, food and cocktail recipes, or interviews.

The Feast of Fun podcast continually ranks as the top-rated gay and lesbian podcast on iTunes and is frequently listed in the Top 100 list of Comedy podcasts. On average, the podcast is downloaded 30,000 times per week, making it the most downloaded GLBT podcast in the United States. On March 13, 2009, the producers changed the name of the show from "Feast of Fools" to "Feast of Fun" to better reflect changes in the program's design and functionality.


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In These Times

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It investigates alleged corporate and government wrongdoing, covers international affairs, and has a cultural section. It regularly reports on labor, economic and racial justice movements, environmental issues, feminism, grassroots democracy, minority communities, and the media.

Weinstein was the publication's founding editor and publisher; its current editor and publisher is Joel Bleifuss.

As of 2017, it had a circulation of over 50,000. As a nonprofit organization, the magazine is financed through subscriptions and donations.

Jim DeRogatis

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He joined Columbia College Chicago's English Department as a lecturer in the fall of 2010 and is currently an associate professor of instruction teaching Music & Media in Chicago, Reviewing the Arts, Cultural Criticism and the Arts, and Journalism as Literature.


Metromix LLC is a Chicago entertainment website at, owned by the Chicago Tribune division of Tribune Publishing. It serves the Chicago metropolitan area.

Music of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois is a major center for music in the midwestern United States where distinctive forms of blues (greatly responsible for the future creation of rock and roll), and house music, a genre of electronic dance music, were developed.

The "Great Migration" of poor black workers from the South into the industrial cities brought traditional jazz and blues music to the city, resulting in Chicago blues and "Chicago-style" Dixieland jazz. Notable blues artists included Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf and both Sonny Boy Williamsons; jazz greats included Nat King Cole, Gene Ammons, Benny Goodman and Bud Freeman. Chicago is also well known for its soul music.

In the early 1930s, Gospel music began to gain popularity in Chicago due to Thomas A. Dorsey's contributions at Pilgrim Baptist Church.

In the 1980s and 1990s, heavy rock, punk and hip hop also became popular in Chicago. Orchestras in Chicago include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Sinfonietta.


PinoyCentric is a web log (blog) that focuses on Filipino arts, culture and sciences. As a digital-medium publication based in Chicago, Illinois, it caters photographs, news, featured events, stories and editorials regarding the status of Filipino visual, film, literary and performance arts to Filipinos in the Philippines and those overseas through the use of the Internet.

The A.V. Club

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The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

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Third Coast International Audio Festival

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