July 8, 2015 Last Updated 12:35 pm

FW: Chicago publishes digital preview issue of magazine, with print debut set for September

The former VP of Operations for MediaTec Publishing (now Human Capital Media, see TNM story here), Kendra Chaplin, has launched a new Chicago women’s magazine and digital edition called FW: Chicago.

FW-logoThe magazine also has its digital edition preview issue online, with the print magazine to launch in September. The digital-only preview issue is 24 pages in size and was created using Issuu.

The magazine focuses on Chicago women, and has an all female staff.

“Chicago women are unique,” writes Chaplin in the introductory editor’s column.We value our work and community. We are creative and entrepreneurial. We have style and a sensibility all our own. We live in the entire city and are part of the larger community – not just one neighborhood, industry, or clique.”

The release below mentions that “FW” stands for forward, by the way.

CHICAGO, Ill. – July 8, 2015FW: Chicago has made its debut in the Chicago market with the recent launch of its digital edition in June. After drawing considerable traffic and positive reviews, FW: Chicago will be delivered via print to its readers in September 2015, November 2015 and monthly in 2016.

FW-preview-200The FW: Chicago (pronounced “forward Chicago”) magazine delivers inspiring and women-focused content in print, online and at events for women “who work, live, and play in Chicago.” Readers can access a wide range of editorial content online, where the web property is regularly refreshed with vibrant and relevant news and information for the Chicago woman. The magazine, headquartered in the West Loop, introduces profiles of prominent women and women-led initiatives that are making an impact in Chicago, as well as insights and commentary on fashion, food, lifestyle and Chicago’s social scene.

FW: Chicago’s founder and publisher is Kendra Chaplin, whose love for the city and 15 years of publishing experience have shaped the vision and mission of this endeavor. The FW: Chicago masthead includes:

  • Rebecca Taras-Lee as the managing editor. Taras-Lee was the Chicago editor for Refinery29 and has contributed to various local and national media outlets.
  • Jennifer Smith Tapp as the editor of the print version. Tapp brings more than 10 years of journalistic excellence to the team.
  • Julia Sheade as head of business development and sales, Andrea Markewych as part of the business development team and Molly Koeneman as the digital media manager.

“Women are the leading consumers and trendsetters in our city,” said Chaplin, “and we want to be a reflection of their ambitions and achievements. By telling stories that address women’s needs and interests, we are creating a community where women can be supportive of one another and find inspiration regardless of where they are in their journey.”

For more information about FW: Chicago, please visit: fw-chicago.com. For questions, contact hello@fw-chicago.com. To subscribe to the magazine’s content and connect with them on social media, follow them on Twitter (@fw_chicago, #fw_chicago, #hellofw) or Facebook.

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