Gazette Chicago begins it’s 35th year with a tradition of service
May 6, 2017

With the Gazette increasingly covering citywide and national issues, the publication now has a new name: Gazette Chicago. That name change is not the first in the publication’s history, however, as the publication’s name has reflected its widening distribution, influence, and service to its readers and advertisers over the years.

In 1983, native Near West Sider Valentino at age 24 started what was then the Near West Gazette with no financial backing other than his own savings. The Near West Side neighborhood had had no community publication since 1971.

At the request of business leaders in the West Loop and South Loop communities, the Near West Gazette added those neighborhoods to its coverage in 1991. In 2000, it officially changed its name to Near West/South Gazette to reflect its continually growing presence in those communities.

The next four years saw a large expansion of the Gazette’s coverage area into the Bridgeport/Armour Square, Bronzeville, Chinatown, East Pilsen, Heart of Chicago, Tri-Taylor, University Village, and West Haven communities.

In 2004, the publication changed its name to simply Gazette to represent the wider expanse of its news coverage.

No matter the name, Gazette Chicago always has endeavored to bring diverse neighborhoods and socio-economic groups together. In recognition of this, Valentino in 1997 received the Bernadine C. Washington Award conferred by the Chicago Commission on Human Relations for the publication’s work in improving human relations in Chicago and building bridges among communities. The Chicago City Council that year also passed a resolution honoring the publication for its commitment to bringing together diverse communities.

Gazette Chicago since 1993 has won more than 65 local, national, and even international journalism awards.

“We will continue to provide the best news reporting on the ten local communities in our coverage area,” explained Editor and Publisher Valentino.

“Journalism has changed in the 34 years of our existence, however, and we are changing with the times as well. As daily Chicago and national newspapers and broadcasts provide fewer analytical stories and more features and popular culture coverage, and social media often spreads ‘fake news,’ there is an increasing need for news coverage that is accurate Gazette Chicago is prepared to fill that need.”

— William S. Bike