Luke White

18th Street in Pilsen. Photo © Luke White

The South Side Weekly is a nonprofit newsprint magazine dedicated to supporting cultural and civic engagement on the South Side, and to providing educational opportunities for developing journalists, writers, and artists.

We publish in-depth coverage of the arts and issues of public interest alongside oral histories, poetry, fiction, interviews, and artwork from local photographers and illustrators.

The paper is produced by an all-volunteer editorial staff and seeks contributions from across the city. We distribute each Wednesday in the fall, spring, and winter, with short breaks during March and December. Over the summer we publish bi-weekly. A full map of our distribution network is available here.


If you have submissions, story ideas, comments, or questions, you can reach us by phone at (773) 234-5388, by email at editor@southsideweekly.com, or by mail at:

Attn: South Side Weekly

Experimental Station

6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

For information about advertising, check out our media kit or call (773)234-5388.
For a library of resources used by our writers and contributors, click here.

Editor-in-Chief Jake Bittle
Managing Editors Maha Ahmed,  Christian Belanger
Director of Staff Support Ellie Mejía
Director of Writer Development Mari Cohen
Deputy Editor
Olivia Stovicek
Senior Editor 
Julia AizussEmeline Posner
Education Editor Hafsa Razi
Music Editor Austin Brown
Stage & Screen Editor Nicole Bond
Visual Arts Editor Corinne Butta
Contributing Editors Maddie Anderson, Joe Andrews, Jonathan Hogeback, Andrew Koski, Adia Robinson, Carrie Smith, Margaret Tazioli, Yunhan Wen
Video Editor Lucia Ahrensdorf
Social Media Editors Emily Lipstein, Bridget NewshamSam Stecklow
Web Editor Camila Cuesta
Visuals Editor  Ellen Hao
Layout Editors Baci Weiler, Sofia Wyetzner
Staff Writers
 Sara CohenChristopher GoodRachel KimMichal KranzAnne LiZoe Makoul, Kylie Zane
Fact Checkers: Eleanore Catolico, Sam Joyce, Rachel Kim, Adam Przybyl, Hafsa Razi, Carrie Smith, Tiffany Wang
Staff Photographers: Denise Naim, Jason Schumer, Luke Sironski-White
Staff Illustrators: Zelda Galewsky, Natalie Gonzalez, Courtney Kendrick, Turtel Onli, Raziel Puma, Lizzie Smith
Webmasters Sofia Wyetzner

Publisher Harry Backlund

Board of Directors

Director (Staff Liaison) Maha Ahmed
Clare Fentress
Director Darryl Holliday
Treasurer Harrison Smith
Chair Rachel Wiseman