Gay Newspaper Chicago Free Press Closing After 11 Years


After seeing a major staff walkout (including editor-in-chief Matt Simonette) in December after unpaid salaries comes news of the Chicago Free Press‘ closure. This just in from managing editor Kerrie Kennedy:

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.

Best Regards,

Kerrie Kennedy

Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #chicagofreepress #davidcostanzo #kerriekennedy stories and more


  • Xerxes

    If they had at least 50,000 readers as the article says, someone else would be willing to help start a new paper. The Washington Blade just resurrected last week, after closing in December, and limping along as the DCAgenda until the Blade got its act together again.

  • jerry Pritikin

    I guess my Photo of the 1977 S.F. Gay Day Parade graced the last issue’s Front Page.I guess this is why they never posted the web-issue. However, this is not a surprise. In their last issue… they had some of my historic images,and mentioned my up coming 40+ image Exhibit, of San Francisco in the 1970s, here in Chicago, at Roosevelt university’s Gage Gallery for Pride month. For information… please go to my blog

  • Paul

    LGBTG ALERT: Republican candidate, Charles Djou, Hawaii, Seeks To Ban Gay Marriage: opposes Hawaii House Bill 444 that would legalize civil unions, and supports the federal Defense of Marriage Act! Republican candidate Charles Djou, Hawaii, leading Democratic contenders Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa by eight points in the special election for Hawaii’s first district congressional seat.

    This breakingnewssotry/statement/comedy and any files transmitted with it may contain privileged or confidential information. It is solely for use by the individual for whom it is intended, even if addressed incorrectly.

    If you received this breakingnewssotry/statement/comedy in error, please notify the sender; do not disclose, copy, distribute, or take any action in reliance on the contents of this information; and delete it from your system. Any other use of this breakingnewssotry/statement/comedy is prohibited.

    If you have received this information in error, please destroy the information or click ‘block sender’ located in your tool options.

    Thank you for your compliance.

  • Michael Holmes


Comments are closed.