About Reel Chicago

Reel Chicago — Keeping you in touch with Chicago’s visual media industry since 2004.

When Reel Chicago began on April 1, 2004, we could never have imagined the changes about to emerge in every corner of the industry, and that continue to amaze us.

Reel Chicago covers all aspects of content production, for screens from iPhones to IMAX. We cover feature film, TV, streaming, and commercial production, indie features, videos for the web, agency news, branded entertainment, music, video games, corporate, live events, festivals, vendors, and more.

The REEL is targeted to visual media professionals. We have 25,000  subscribers to our reader database and followers on social media outlets. We have a huge following in advertising and film markets throughout the country – visual pros who want to know what’s going on in Chicago.

Content is original, authoritative, written by industry experts, exclusive to our readers and relevant to your business. As such, it sets an ideal editorial environment for your REEL advertising.

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The REEL is about YOU. When our Reel Chicago founder, Ruth Ratny, started chronicling the Chicago film industry in 1974 as founder and publisher of Screen Magazine, she forged a community that never existed before. Your participation is what continues to weave the fabric of this community and make it strong. It unites us and tells all those looking in, what a diverse and significant market Chicago is.

Barbara Roche took over as publisher of Reel Chicago in 2017 when her dear friend, Ruth Ratny passed away. Barbara has a long history in filmmaking and is passionate about filming in Chicago and promoting our Chicago film community.

We want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single entrepreneur or head of a big company. People want to know about you, just as you turn to Reel Chicago to know about them. Tell us what’s going on with you: projects, promotions, new hires, new space, awards, innovations, ideas, opinions — all welcome.

Share your news. Send us a note, a full-blown press release, or an idea for a story or interview. Include your name and phone number. Got an anonymous tip? We never divulge our sources.

Email our Editor/Publisher: Barb@reelchicago.com.

Contact Us

Office: (312) 274-9980

Mailing Address:  PO Box 411371 · Chicago, IL 60641

Office:  Chicago, IL 

Barbara Roche, Editor/Publisher — (312) 274-9980
barb@reelchicago.com

Advertising sales — (312) 274-9980
barb@reelchicago.com