Welcome to Storied Chicago! 

Chicago is a beautiful and sometimes brutal place, full of contradictions and contrasts. It's known for world-class art and universities, breathtaking architecture, a magnificent lake shore-and for its gritty industrial past, pervasive violence and stark class and racial divides.

Above all, the city is a place of stories. They're how we make sense of things, entertain ourselves, share experiences, express values, and make a place our home. Storied Chicago is a space to share stories of the people and institutions of Chicagoland. We're glad you found us, and we hope you'll be a part of it.

We welcome submissions of original interviews, essays, and editorials about work, relationships, the arts, history, and current events in Chicagoland.

If you would like to submit a piece of writing for publication at Storied Chicago, contact us at storiedchicago@gmail.com and write "Submission" in the subject line. Also include a short biographical statement that speaks to your knowledge of the subject, and paste the text of your submission in the body of your message. Submissions should be a maximum of 750 words.

We are also interested in submissions of original photographs of Chicagoland and/or its residents.  If you would like to submit pictures, email them as attachments to storiedchicago@gmail.com. Please write "Photo Submission" in the subject line and include a short biographical statement as well as a description of your work in the body of your email. 

We are delighted to hear your suggestions for interviews/stories. Please write us at storiedchicago@gmail.com, and include "Story Suggestion" in the subject line.


Theo Anderson and Joshua Salzmann, C0-Editors

Theo Anderson

I'm a Chicago-based staff writer for the magazine In These Times, and I have a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Yale. I've worked on a variety of editing projects, and I've written for The Atlantic, The Wilson Quarterly, Virginia Magazine, the University of Chicago's Sightings, Kellogg Insight, and other publications. Find links to some of my writing at theoandersonediting.com. Contact me at storiedchicago@gmail.com.

Joshua Salzmann

I am an assistant professor of U.S. history at Northeastern Illinois University. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research focuses on capitalism, human bodies, and urban environments in 19th and 20th century America. I co-chair the History of Capitalism Seminar at the Newberry Library. I have published in academic journals including Enterprise and Society, LABOR, and the Journal of Illinois History.