Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation Launch Party

The Chicago Tribune hosted a launch party for Blue Sky Innovation,  its premium website and newsletter aimed at the growing community of innovation-minded professionals in the Chicago area on January 29.   The site will serve as a gathering place for news, analysis and events related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

The party, held at River East hotspot Cicchetti,  was packed with supporters who came out to hear about this new exciting venture from Tribune Media Group that officially launched on October 16 with United Airlines as its exclusive presenting sponsor.   

Chicago Tribune editor Gerould (Gerry) Kern and VP/Associate editor Joycelyn Winnecke welcomed the crowd and shared their enthusiasm for this latest venture.  "As we move beyond the Great Recession, a new economy is emerging in Chicago.  It is being created inside Chicago’s business incubators, by small-business entrepreneurs, in large companies that are reinventing themselves, in university research centers and other public and private ventures.  Chicago is bubbling with ideas and energy, and the appetite for innovative practices, products and services has never been greater. Conveying the vitality, energy and drama of Chicago in the 21st century is one of our most important goals at the Chicago Tribune.  Today the Tribune launches Blue Sky Innovation, a new premium digital site to keep you up to speed with this scene and serve the needs of innovation-minded professionals across the Chicago area," said Kern who went on to say, "We intend Blue Sky's news and information, events, profiles and case studies to provide both data and inspiration for the next set of big ideas."

Blue Sky will be offered on www.ChicagoTribune.com with a sampling of its content appearing in the Chicago Tribune print edition in the Monday business section.  Its first Innovator's Series will feature a conversation with entrepreneur/investor Mark Cuban and Blue Sky reporter James Janega on March 6 at the Merchandise Mart. (click here for tickets).

(Party photos by Megan Bearder, www.MeganBearder.com )

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