Independent Chicago Jewish Star newspaper closes
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Chicago Jewish Star shuts down after 27 years

Independent Chicago Jewish Star newspaper closes

The for-profit biweekly, which launched in February 1991, shut down Friday due to the industrywide decline in advertising.

The Chicago Jewish Star, an independent family-run newspaper, has published its final edition Friday. (Photo from public domain)
The Chicago Jewish Star, an independent family-run newspaper, has published its final edition Friday. (Photo from public domain)

The Chicago Jewish Star, an independent family-run newspaper, has published its final edition.

The for-profit biweekly, which launched in February 1991, shut down Friday due to the industrywide decline in advertising, its owners said.

Douglas Wertheimer, who served as editor, and his wife, Gila, the associate and literary editor, owned the paper. Their son, Aaron, was the assistant editor.

The paper, which was based in Skokie, Ill., won awards in city and state journalism competitions.

It first appeared as The Jewish Star of Alberta, Canada, which published Calgary and Edmonton editions from 1980 to 1990. The Chicago Jewish community will continue to be served by the Chicago Jewish News, an independent weekly newspaper, and the JUF News, a monthly publication of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. PJC

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