What WAS ChicagoSide?

ChicagoSide was an online sports magazine that went live in December 2011, went regular in April 2012, and went dark in the summer of 2014. Learn more here. Co-founders Jonathan Eig and Solomon Lieberman aimed to bring together the city’s best sportswriters each day to create smart, funny and beautiful sports journalism—in-depth profiles, strong opinion pieces, on-the-street videos, and more.

We got close. We were cross-published by The Chicago Sun-Times, BuzzFeed, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business, Time Out Chicago, WBEZ 91.5 and others. We had promising events, advertising deals, social media love and solid traffic. We got to work with dozens of terrific writers, some of whom have graduated to promising careers. We believe strongly that our approach to design—the website itself and the stories within—pushed others, in Chicago and across the country, to think different about sports reporting.

But like the many a Chicago sports franchise, “close” was as close as we got.

On Dec. 9, 2011, Time Out Chicago‘s media maven Robert Feder broke the seal on ChiSide, “…which may turn out to be the most game-changing addition to the sports media scene since the Score debuted on radio 20 years ago next month.”

On March 18, 2014, Feder announced our agreement to hand over ownership to a group in NYC.

On July 6, 2014, he wrote a eulogy, after it went dark due to a lack of stewardship: “If this is the end, it’s an unfortunate coda to an ambitious venture that once touted it would become “the best Chicago sports website the city’s ever seen.”

In December 2014, we recaptured our once-promising baby and republished it as an archive. As long as people re/read it, we’ll keep it up.

Thanks.

Our Team

Jonathan Eig, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder: Jon is the New York Times best-selling author of three books: “Luckiest Man,” “Opening Day,” and, most recently, “Get Capone.” In addition to his books, he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, NPR, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

Solomon Lieberman, Creative Director and Co-Founder: Sol is a digital strategist, designer and journalist. Before ChiSide, Sol led the strategic digital development of the Chicago-based Better Government Association, and he worked as a freelance editor, writer and consultant. He has an M.S.J. from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he met his wife, Gabrielle.

Josh Lowitz, Founding Advisor: After a decade as a retailer, Josh has spent the past 10+ years working to help great companies grow. He has taught courses as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and in the MBA program at UIC. Josh is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School and lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Ben Strauss, Founding Editor-at-Large: Ben regularly contributes to The New York Times and his reporting and writing has also appeared in Chicago magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Classical. Born and raised in Chicago, Strauss is an Ithaca College graduate and former Capitol Hill press secretary.