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NYT Preps For Chicago Edition

By Lindsey Miller in News on Nov 19, 2009 8:40PM

2009_11_19_NYT.jpg Media junkies of Chicago, get ready. Tomorrow, the first edition of the New York Times featuring the Chicago-centric section (well, two pages, anyway) produced by the newly-formed Chicago News Cooperative will hit newsstands. The CNC will provide the Chicago content for the local edition, which will appear on Fridays and Sundays. Since the initial announcement, the CNC, already heavy on former Tribune folks, managed to poach a few other Tribune writers, including City Hall reporter Dan Mihalopoulos. In the words of Gawker, "New York Times Hires Gang Who Killed Chicago Tribune to Kill Tribune.” However, Gawker also insists that "The Times has always had a very good foothold in Chicago because there is no local alternative for the sort of people who read the Times--curious, smart, and not invested in Chicago's bottomless Second City status anxiety."

The Times offers its "Weekender" package - which would include both Chicago editions - for $5.70 a week. Is it worth it? See for yourself; just don't forget about us here at Chicagoist. [h/t TOC for the reminder]