Newcity is a media company based in Chicago, founded in 1986 by Brian and Jan Hieggelke."[5] It started as the Newcity independent, free weekly newspaper in Chicago. Effective March 2017, the founders changed the newspaper into a glossy monthly free magazine, using the same Newcity name.[6] As of March 2018, the firm also "publishes a suite of content-focused web sites", also under the Newcity name, and creates custom publications to order.[5]

TypeAlternative weekly, then monthly
Formatonline cultural
Owner(s)Newcity Communications, Inc.
PublisherBrian Hieggelke,
Jan Hieggelke,
Mike Hartnett
(associate publisher)
EditorBrian Hieggelke
Headquarters47 West Polk Street
Circulation70,000 (2000-2010)[3][4]
WebsiteOfficial website


Newcity specializes in music, stage, film and art and is notable for launching the careers of numerous cartoonists and writers and art critics. The publication was described by the Chicago Tribune in 1995 as "sophisticated"[7] and as an "alternative weekly" which was a niche publication in the digital space in 2005.[8] Between 2000 and 2010, It reported its newspaper circulation within Chicago to be about 70,000 per week.[3][4] A popular issue is its Best of Chicago feature in writers assign the best and worst of Chicago culture and politics. It covered issues such as traffic congestion; for example, a 2010 editorial called for the city to value walkers as much as drivers.[9]

The newspaper was one of the first to publish the work of cartoonist Chris Ware[10][11] as well as Harvey Pekar and his collaborator Tara Seibel.[12] Newcity also published comics by Ivan Brunetti and non-fiction graphic journalism by Patrick W. Welch and Carrie Golus. Newcity's senior editors included Tom Lynch[13] as well as writer Nate Lee.[14][15] Newcity also publishes writers including Michael Nagrant who also writes for The Huffington Post.[16] It also had movie reviews by critic and photographer Ray Pride.[17]


  1. "About Newcity". Newcity. October 31, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. is a Web site about Chicago. We start with the core coverage found each week in Newcity magazine, Chicago’s only locally owned and operated cultural weekly, where we’ve been covering the turf for more than 22 years, and extend it with your input on this site.
  2. "Contact". Newcity. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  3. "Circulation 2000". Newcity. Archived from the original on August 17, 2000. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  4. "Circulation 2010". Newcity. Archived from the original on December 19, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  5. "About Us". Newcity. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. Brian Hieggelke (February 2, 2017). "Change: The Necessity of Evolution at Newcity". Newcity. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  7. Chauncey Hollingsworth (May 10, 1995). "Shakey Ground: Arts Magazines Find Chicago's Landscape Still Hostile To New Ventures". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2010. A vast expanse of the local cultural landscape lay unexplored between the realm of free arts weeklies like NewCity and the Reader and commercial ventures like Chicago magazine.... NewCity wasn't quite as sophisticated two years ago as it is now.
  8. Staff writer (December 9, 2005). "Chicago Daily News II: This Time It's Digital". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2010. The competition... Newcity are in the digital space, ...
  9. Ella Christoph (September 29, 2010). "A Pedestrian Idea: Why it's time for the city to value walkers as much as drivers". Newcity. Retrieved October 31, 2010. Taxis honk and confused minivans hover midintersection. Bikes slide through the streets dodging doors and inflexible drivers. The crowd at the corner builds as commuters come to a halt—“Don’t Walk”—purses and briefcases still swinging.
  10. Christopher Borrelli (May 30, 2009). "Chris Ware: A peek inside his art and soul: Graphic novelist to appear at Printers Row Lit Fest". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2010. These pages are from "Jimmy Corrigan," which began as a series of deeply melancholy strips in Newcity Chicago.
  11. Raeburn, Daniel (2004). Chris Ware. New Haven: Yale University Press.
  12. Itzkoff, Dave (July 22, 2010). "Some Last Bits of Splendor With Harvey Pekar". The New York Times. Retrieved October 31, 2010. Though Mr. Pekar is often portrayed, even in his own comics, as an endearingly cantankerous and occasionally neurotic person, Ms. Seibel described him in a telephone interview as being cheerful in his final days. “He just seemed so happy and so upbeat,” said Ms. Seibel, who worked with Mr. Pekar on comics that appeared in Chicago Newcity
  13. "Printers Row Book Fair 2008". Chicago Tribune. May 30, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2010. Tom Lynch is senior editor of Newcity, one of Chicago's alternative weekly newspapers.
  14. "List of Books by Nate Lee". PaperBackSwap. October 31, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 2010 - Words From the Cross and 5 Other Dramas for Tweens (Paperback) 2007 - What a Story!
  15. "Performance Advertising: Theater, Dance, Comedy, Opera". Newcity. October 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2010. Newcity and the performing arts—theater, dance, comedy, opera—have a long and deep history dating back to our origins in the late eighties, when our first senior editor, Nate Lee, made sure everyone on the staff knew about the Great State of Chicago Theater.
  16. Michael Nagrant (December 22, 2008). "Chris Ware, Grim Gastronomic Griper". HuffPost. Retrieved October 31, 2010. That being said, even when Ware's stuff was more accessible, or available for free, it was in places like the Chicago Reader or Newcity (which I write for), niche publications also catering to a certain audience and not quite widely distributed or widely read in certain parts of Chicago.
  17. "Printers Row Lit Fest Authors & Speakers". Chicago Tribune. March 15, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2010. Ray Pride. In conversation with Daniel Clowes, Sunday 11 a.m., Center Stage presented by TheMash. Ray Pride is a writer and photographer reviewing movies for Newcity. He is also the headlines editor of MovieCityNews.
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