Art Director of Chicago Magazine

  • Job Description:
    Come join the talented team at Chicago Magazine. We are currently seeking an Art Director, someone who will lead the editorial design department of the nation's largest monthly city magazine, an award-winning perfect-bound glossy. Responsibilities: Work closely with editors to create and oversee the overall look of the magazine, making it vibrant, fresh, and smart for a sophisticated reader Supervise two staff designers and the staff photo editor; hire and manage art interns and freelancers as needed Design each month's cover and some feature stories; oversee/approve the design of the rest of the magazine and all the photos, illustrations, and graphics that appear in it Manage the art and photo department budget Coordinate with the production and editorial departments to make sure deadlines are met Make sure the magazine's overall brand, including its website and other digital products, has a consistent visual presentation.
  • Position: Art Director
  • City: Chicago
  • Duration: Full-time
  • About Our Company: Chicago Magazine is the largest monthly city magazine in the country with paid circulation of 150,000. In the Chicagoland area, we enjoy a larger audience than national publications like: People, Newsweek, InStyle, GQ, Vogue and Esquire. Much like the magazine, our digital products offer a high-quality, local, authentic lifestyle guide for an affluent, intelligent, active audience. We have several digital products and events which allow our readers to experience the best the city has to offer beyond the page.
  • Benefits: 401k, medical/dental/vision, paid days off, commuter reimbursement accounts
  • Company: Chicago Magazine
  • How to Apply: Apply directly on our career site at or directly here:
  • Job Requirements: Qualifications: BFA or BA in graphic design, art or similar field of study. At least 6 years worth of editorial design experience at a consumer magazine; experience as the art director or the deputy (No. 2) art director preferred Ability to manage designers and motivate them to do their best work Ability to work well with editors in conceiving stories that work well visually Experience producing great-looking covers that sell on the newsstand Experience creating compelling, creative charts, graphs, and diagrams Strong knowledge of and contacts among illustrators and photographers A strong creative vision and ability to produce high-energy, high-impact work on a budget Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities, plan ahead and hit deadlines Knowledge of Mac-based K4 system, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator Some digital design experience preferred.
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