After a decade of publishing, Chicago's gay news weekly Chicago Free Press ceases publishing. ChicagoPride.com reports the paper failed to publish on April 29th and now comes word the paper will not return.
Due to health problems, publisher David Costanzo is no
longer funding the operation of Chicago Free Press. Consequently, the
paper's April 29 issue was not published, and it is not expected that
any additional issues will be published. While this is unfortunate, I'd
like to focus on the wonderful history of CFP.
Launched in August 1999, Chicago Free Press has been a major force in
Chicago's gay community for more than a decade. One of the largest GLBT
newspapers in the country with a readership of 50,000, Chicago Free
Press created and launched "Out at the Ballgame," the Midwest's largest
"out" event in association with a professional major league sports team
(the Chicago Cubs). Year after year, the paper's annual Pride Series
recorded where Chicago's GLBT community was--and where it was going.
But it was CFP's staff of talented and award-winning writers who gave
people a reason to pick up the paper every week. Many of them--Paul
Varnell, Jennifer Vanasco, Larry Bommer and Web Behrens--have been
writing for the paper since its inception.
It has been my good fortune to have known and worked with many of
these writers for more than 15 years. The fact that any of us chose to
stay during these past few bumpy years is testament not only to the
respect we have for each other, but to the dedication we have to serving
Chicago's GLBT community.
city's only LGBT newspaper. The Windy City Times is set to
celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2010.