Goodbye, friends

12/12/2012 10:00 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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So, weíve reached the end of the road. After slightly more than 12 years in print, this is Chicago Journalís final issue.

Itís been a good run, though Iíve only been around for two years of it. Iíve gotten to know these neighborhoods like the back of my hand, from the cul de sacs of the Prairie District to the vast warehouses of the Kinzie Industrial Corridor. Iíve gossiped over corned beef at Moonís and Mannyís. Iíve taken dance lessons on Randolph and watched world leaders at UIC.

This job was better than so many in the world of journalism. Yes, there was a lot of turf to cover, but it was fun to hoof it around town by CTA, bike or car, frantically trying to get from City Hall to McCormick Place. Plus, I know all the best places to park now.

The many neighborhood groups have always been friendly and open to me, and I was lucky to usually be able to get the ear of city officials, aldermen and the mayor, when he was on our turf.

It breaks my heart a bit to see this publication die. These are great neighborhoods, and they deserve great news coverage. But all is not lost. There are several wonderful publications that will still be around to inform you.

The Gazette may only come out once a month, but theyíve been around for decades and they have their finger on the pulse of the neighborhood, especially in their original turf on the Near West Side. Neighborhood blogs ó most notably the excellent South Loop blog Sloopin ó are often much better at spotting new businesses than we were. Their new message board is a treasure trove of information.

Beyond that, for your daily fix, we recommend new hyperlocal website DNAInfo. Itís a top-notch new site being run by a hungry team of journalists. They cover the entire city, but with a neighborhood focus. Give them a shot, and bookmark their page for Downtown, South Loop and River North.

So, adieu. Itís been wonderful sharing stories of the city with you every week. Keep in touch. Iím easily accessible on Twitter, among other places, @bmeyerson.

In the meantime, be good to each other. If you see injustice, speak up about it. If you see an ďunder constructionĒ sign, speak up about it even faster. Thatís what everyone really wants to know about, anyway.

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By South Loop from South Loopr
Posted: 12/12/2012 10:05 PM

Ben - Thanks for the terrific work on truly getting out there and getting the info and then getting out to us. You will be missed.