Stop Smiling

Stop Smiling was a quarterly magazine based in Chicago that focused on arts, entertainment, and culture. The magazine was known for its in-depth interviews with prominent artists, musicians, and writers, as well as its coverage of upcoming events.Image:stop-smiling-sample-cover

Founding and Publication History

Stop Smiling was founded in 2003 by JC Gabel, who had previously worked as an editor for the Chicago Reader. The magazine quickly gained a following for its unique blend of irreverent humor and serious cultural coverage, with each issue featuring a different theme.

Stop Smiling was originally published quarterly, but later switched to a bi-annual publication schedule. The magazine also published several books, including a compilation of interviews with musicians and a book on Chicago's history.

Content and Purpose

Stop Smiling covered a wide range of topics, including music, film, literature, and visual arts. The magazine's writers and editors were known for their sharp wit and unconventional perspectives, providing readers with fresh insights into the world of arts and entertainment.

Stop Smiling also had a strong commitment to supporting local artists and independent businesses, regularly featuring interviews with local musicians and writers and showcasing up-and-coming artists in its pages.

Awards and Accolades

Stop Smiling received several awards throughout its publication history, including the Utne Independent Press Award for Best Arts Coverage in 2006. The magazine's editor, JC Gabel, was also named to Crain's 40 under 40 list in 2007.

Cessation of Publication and Legacy

Stop Smiling ceased publication in 2011, with its final issue centered around the theme of business. Although the magazine was short-lived, it had a significant impact on the arts and culture scene in Chicago and beyond.

Stop Smiling paved the way for other independent cultural magazines, and its distinctive style and perspective continue to inspire artists and writers today.{{Categories}}

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