Bob Greene

Chicago magazine wins national recognition

Chicago magazine did not suffer from Second City Syndrome yesterday as it won big at the National Magazine Awards, the Oscars of the industry.

Now owned by the Chicago Tribune, the city monthly bested four other finalists, including Harvard Business Review and Harper's, as it was cited for general excellence in the 100,000-250,000 circulation category. It was lauded for mixing "meaty investigative journalism with clever service packages to create the very model of a modern major city magazine."

But two New York-based stalwarts, Esquire and the New Yorker, were the biggest winners across 21 print and online categories in the 39-year-old competition sponsored by the...