Changes at Time Out Chicago

Dear Time Out Chicago readers,

Started in 2005 as a joint enterprise with Time Out North America, we were thrilled to launch Time Out in Chicago, a hub for world-class art, a legendary home for innovative comedy and theater, and a food-lovers' destination. Over the past eight years, Time Out Chicago has developed a large, loyal audience and become a go-to destination for what to do in the Windy City, and that did not change when Time Out Chicago became a separate company in 2010. We’re delighted to let you know today that Time Out Group has acquired Time Out Chicago, making it one of the Time Out Group owned and operated cities joining New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

Chicagoans will soon reap the benefits of Time Out Group’s digital offerings which, in addition to an improved website, means that we’ll soon be rolling out the same mobile and iPad apps currently enjoyed by fans in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and London. Completely free, the apps will bring all of Time Out Chicago’s reviews, features, and event listings to your fingertips. There will be changes to the ways in which you get your recommendations, listings and reviews and we’ll keep you up to date with these developments as they happen.

While the media world has changed dramatically since 2005, our purpose has remained the same—to inspire Chicagoans to make the most of their city. We look forward to delivering the expert recommendations and reviews to inspire you to do more of the things you love via new and improved technology.


Elizabeth Barr
Editorial Director, Time Out North America

More About Time Out Group

Time Out is the number one trusted choice for consumers seeking inspiration, information, and booking opportunities relating to arts, entertainment, and culture in the world’s major cities.

Time Out was founded in 1968 in London, by Tony Elliott and has since grown into a global media group that spans 37 cities across 25 countries and provides the very best inspiration and information.

Time Out is uniquely positioned as provider of local information and expert guidance to consumers through a distribution network which incorporates magazines, a massively growing online presence, mobile applications, events, and partnerships. Time Out has a worldwide audience of over 20 million across all these channels, most recently launching its iPad app in New York and London. The company received recognition for its achievements within the industry earning the International Consumer Magazine of the Year title at the Periodical Publishers Association Awards two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011.

Time Out North America was established as a partnership between Time Out Group and North American based partners to launch Time Out New York in September 1995. Time Out North America now includes Time Out New York, Time Out New York Kids, the recently launched web property Time Out Los Angeles, and Time Out Chicago.

In November 2010 Oakley Capital acquired a 50% stake in Time Out Group and in 2011 acquired a majority stake in Time Out North America. Oakley Capital is now the majority shareholder in both groups.

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