Subscription

What is a digital subscription? How much does it cost? Why is a subscription so important?
Subscription

You can find the options to subscribe at the top right of any page on the Chicago Journal, or at the following link:

https://www.chicagojournal.com/subscribe/

To get a better idea of what a subscription does and why it's so important to us, please continue reading.


Why is a subscription so important?

As we also mention on our About Page, we’re a small, privately-owned, independent operation that believes in hard work and that Chicago is the Great American City. We're committed to telling the good, the bad, the ugly, and the funny story of this town.

It’s our goal to, one day, become a digital destination and essential resource in the lives of our readers. We can't do it without your support. The only way to accomplish this is by a commitment from subscribers.

We invite you on this journey and we hope that you’ll stick with us as we do our best to grow the Chicago Journal into something special.


In our modern era, a lot of focus and attention has been paid to the enormous advertising conglomerates like Google and Facebook, that have vacuumed up all the money that used to be spent on traditional media properties. Due to a variety of factors, a lot of companies chased that money to their detriment and, ultimately, to their demise.

The subscription is, was, and always will be the foundation to any publication. The subscription is a commitment from the independent reader/viewer, without any agenda beyond, "I want to hear/see more." It allows the publication to do new things, take risks, and grow the right way rather than chase advertising dollars and potential editorial conflicts.

To expound further, we know you may not like everything we have to say. That's okay, we understand. But if you want independent voices that are free from influence, there's simply no getting around it.

The Chicago Journal and its publisher refuse to cater to outside shareholder investment or change course based on the whims of venture capital. We refuse to rely on donations or apply for federal and/or non-governmental organizational grants. While we do work with advertisers, annual budgetary decisions are made solely upon the subscriber base.

We do all this to protect our publications, because we're uncompromising in our belief in our creative and editorial independence. Strictly operating this way allows our business to remain committed to both our employees and our subscribers and it allows us and them the greatest amount of freedom in thought and opinion.

The internet and digital media has changed publishing forever. While the content may not have changed all that much, the delivery of the product has changed drastically. Gone are the days where a reader/user/viewer would pay a set price in exchange for one copy of a daily newspaper, a monthly magazine, an audio recording, or even a film. One copy of old media that was far more difficult to pass around and share the information or opinions they contained.

Today, the entire history of mankind and a metaphorical universe of potential information and opinions, all of it, has been compressed and ordered and linked to in little 1's and 0's being transferred through what we may as well refer to as the ancient mythical Greek element, æther. We won't pretend we know exactly how this is all going to play out on the grand cosmic scale but we feel it is a Promethean gift. At least, it's how things work now.

Times of great technological upheaval can be turbulent, but we're deeply excited and feel blessed it's us that get to live through and witness these profound advancements and changes in the ways that humans fundamentally communicate with each other and explore and discover and learn and share new information.

To reiterate, it’s our goal to, one day, become a digital destination and essential resource in the lives of our readers. We can't do it without your support. The only way to accomplish this is by a commitment from subscribers.

We invite you on this journey and we hope that you’ll stick with us as we do our best to grow the Chicago Journal into something special.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a digital subscription? How much does it cost?

A digital subscription provides access to the Chicago Journal at chicagojournal.com. Currently, the Chicago Journal does not operate any additional official releases but by purchasing a subscription, you help us grow and we thank you.

At just $20/year, an annual subscription is our best value. Alternatively, you can subscribe for just $4/month.

2. What if I don’t want to subscribe — can I still read chicagojournal.com for free?

Visitors are able to enjoy the news page, some features and interviews chosen by the editors, the glossary, and real estate sections without a subscription. The site also may publish newsletters from Chicago Journal writers and artists, as well as podcasts, videos, slide shows, interactive graphics, and contests which may be able to be accessed without a subscription. The site also invites its guests to connect on social media where some posts may be accessed for free.

3. How are digital subscriptions billed?

As a digital subscriber, you can pay via debit card, credit card, or Stripe. Your payment method will be charged automatically on a recurring basis. Your subscription will be renewed automatically, and you will be charged in advance of each billing cycle unless you cancel.

Please note: "Challenge Media, LLC." will appear on your billing statement.

4. How can I share my digital subscription?

Unfortunately, you can not share a digital subscription. We will notify all subscribers in the event this changes in the future.

5. What is the cancellation and refund policy?

You can change or cancel your subscription at any time by contacting Customer Care. When you cancel, we will stop charging your account the following billing cycle.

6. How do I change the email address that’s associated with my digital subscription?

To change your email address, visit your account area. In the Account Details section, simply change your email address where it says Email Address*. Enter a new address, and then select Save Changes. If the email address you want to use is already associated with a different chicagojournal.com account, an error message will appear. To resolve this, please contact Customer Care.

7. How do I change my digital subscription?

Currently, you must contact Customer Care to change your digital subscription.

8. Can I give someone a digital subscription as a gift?

Yes.

9. Do you have an education, group, or corporate subscription program? Are there any subscription discounts?

We do not currently offer any type of discount to groups, corporations, or for education. We will notify active subscribers in the event this changes in the future.

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