PeoplePublisher's note

Issue #130

Five years ago a few of us got together and decided that our Russian-speaking community deserves better. We looked at the existing local print publication and we did not find anything relevant or interesting, nothing really that would appeal to the generations of Russian-speaking americans living in Chicago. We wanted to change that and we did on August 13th, five years ago. The road was tough, I often wrote about it, talent was scarce, resources were scarce, competitors tried everything and more to destroy us along the way. Well, here we are FIVE years later, with a fantastic team, with a great magazine, with loyal and supportive sponsors who continue believing in us, and with a amazing number of readers who value this publication. We have grown a lot and we’ve done that together. Where is the competition? Same place they were 5 years ago or worst. Over these years we have featured many great people in Chicago as well as from outside of our city, as I’ve said before, being on a cover of Russian Chicago magazine means a lot now, even to stars and celebrities. We have reached a whole new level. All of that due to hard work, perseverance and your support. So thank you everyone on our team and thank you, the reader.

Together, we can do just about anything! We have also timed the release of our newly redesigned and improved site, it looks so much better and you can do so much more on it now, and we are very excited to see a rapid growth in visitor activity in recent days. What’s ahead of us? More hard work, more amazing stories and more good times together, that’s for sure. We are looking to add more pages before the end of this year and expand our team, as well as launch Miami edition, called Russian Miami. Lot’s of excitement ahead.

As you know, we’re celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of Russian Chicago along with Vashe Radio and on August 23rd, we are inviting all our friends, supporters, sponsors, advertisers and good loyal readers and listeners to celebrate this success with us. You can find out more at It’s free with RSVP, so make sure you sign up, otherwise you won’t be able to get in. We have also mentioned (media)n several times already here and elsewhere in recent weeks, that’s because (media)n is the new entity uniting all of our organizations and transforming what used to be called Chicago Ethnic Media. All of our media channels and avenues under one roof. To those who are looking to start a business or expand an existing business in our large, prominent and diverse community – see more at, learn what we can do for you and your business. No one else on the market has what we have by far, the expertise, the scope of services and available opportunities is tremendous, and the results speak for themselves – leading brands and professionals in Chicago as well as from all over the world pick us, time and time again, when it comes to the our local market.

I hope you enjoy this anniversary issue and thank you again for all your loyalty and support over the last five years and many years to come. Cheers!

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