About Reel Chicago

Reel Chicago — Keeping you in touch with Chicago’s visual media industry since 2004.

After years of publishing a weekly print publication, we made the transition to a digital format. When ReelChicago.com began on April 1, 2004, we could never have imagined the changes about to emerge in every corner of the industry and that continue to amaze us.

But some things don’t change, like what we do every day to keep you informed about every aspect of the local visual media business.

ReelChicago.com covers all aspects of content production, for screens from iPhones to IMAX. We cover feature film, TV, and commercial production, indie features, videos for the web, agency news, branded entertainment, music, video games, corporate, live events, festivals, vendors and more.

The REEL is targeted to visual media professionals. We have 25,000 readers, through subscribers to our reader database and followers on social media outlets. We have a strong following in advertising and film markets throughout the country – visual pros who want to know what’s going on in Chicago.

Content is original, authoritative, written by industry experts, exclusive to our readers and relevant to your business. As such, it sets an ideal editorial environment for your REEL advertising.

There’s something new and interesting almost every day. Don’t miss a breaking story. Sign up for our elerts by going to Subscribe on our menu bar.

The REEL is about YOU. When our founder, Ruth Ratny, started chronicling the Chicago film industry, she forged a community that never existed before. Your participation is what continues to weave the fabric of this community and make it strong. It unites us and tells all those looking in what a big, diverse and important market Chicago is.

We want to hear from you. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single entrepreneur or head of a big company. People want to know about you, just as you turn to Reel Chicago to know about them. Tell us what’s going on with you: projects, promotions, new hires, new space, awards, innovations, ideas, opinions — all welcome.

Share your news. Send us a note, a full-blown press release, or an idea for a story or interview. Include your name and phone number.

Email our editor: dan@reelchicago.com. Or just pick up the phone. Don’t be shy.

Our Founder, Ruth L Ratny

Reel Chicago’s founder, Ruth L Ratny, knew her stuff. She was an award-winning writer/producer of broadcast and corporate content before founding the original Screen Magazine that forged a community where none existed nearly forty years ago.

In 2010, Ruth was named the Chicago Legend by the Hugo Awards of the Chicago International Film Festival.

She was also a screenwriter/producer who completed a biopic of Mahalia Jackson, the world’s greatest gospel singer and Civil Rights champion. It is currently in development.

Ruth passed away quietly in her sleep on February 21, 2017. We are committed to maintaining the level of excellence that she established.

Contact Us

Barbara Roche, Owner/Publisher — (312) 274-9980, barb@reelchicago.com

Dan Patton, Editor, Content Director, Social Media Manager — (312) 995-2145, dan@reelchicago.com

Nancy Lasch, Bookkeeper — (312) 274-9980, accounting@reelchicago.com

Advertising sales — (312) 274-9980, barb@reelchicago.com

Mailing Address:

PO Box 46376 · Chicago, IL 60646