Chicagoist is expanding and deepening our coverage of Chicago, and we're paying.

We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet— stories that help the reader better understand Chicago and the people living here. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online. Here are some recent examples from our NYC sister site, Gothamist.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of the city's budget woes is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of on a fascinating neighborhood character. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque City Council meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the secret history of your favorite street vendor or cross-town brewery rivals; an urban explorer's tales of exploring the city's ruins; the joy of training docents for the Chicago Architecture Tour to the hazards of keeping The Bean shiny and clean.

We're also interested in buying short video clips or photo features along the lines of the topics mentioned above.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it. The only thing we don't want (at the moment) is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.  (Due to the high volume of pitches we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every submission.)
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