As WindyCity Greek reaches its 4th birthday, read on for a very important message from our Founder, Publisher, & Editor Maria A. Karamitsos.
Has it really been 4 years?
Happy 4th Birthday WindyCity Greek!
WindyCity Greek was born in response to all the negative and disparaging press surrounding Greece and people of Greek descent, in the wake of the economic crisis. At that time, the majority of anything we read on the subject was negative. I knew that Greeks around the world were doing amazing things, but no one was hearing about it. I got fired up and created WindyCity Greek – the first publication of its kind. Here, we celebrate our rich culture, traditions, and history every single day. Here, we showed the world what Greeks are made of. Greeks around the world are innovating, creating, and achieving great things. Many couldn’t get press because they were virtually unknown. But we saw the value and importance in their work and brought their stories to the world.
You helped build this publication. Your unwavering support, encouragement, and praise were the fuel that propelled this engine – through long hours, obstacles, and growing pains. We led the charge in positive Greek news and consistently brought you the Best of Greek Chicago and Beyond.
Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure to interview and meet so many amazing Greeks. It’s been a privilege to share their stories and foster awareness of their efforts. We’ve helped countless others promote their businesses and events. It’s incredibly gratifying to hear that people frequented businesses, bought books, or attended events because they read about them in WindyCity Greek. For us, it was all about working together, because together we are unstoppable and can achieve great things. We love hearing how our stories have fueled pride in Hellenism.
To know that the little seed of an idea led me to create a website and publish a trailblazing magazine, makes me tremendously proud – and yet I’m humbled. We’ve accomplished so much in so little time. People in every corner of the globe read our publication. I’ve been approached in airports, on the beach in Greece, and in all sorts of places, where people tell me how much they enjoy it. It means the world to me.
During these past four years, I’ve not only met and worked with amazing people, but I’ve learned much. With wonderful writers, designers, social media experts, tech people – AND YOU – this idea became a success. WindyCity Greek disrupted the traditional news model in such a significant way that it’s no longer the only source for positive Greek news: simply stated, there’s now an abundance of it. We started a trend.
Now, over this year, we’ve pondered, just where do we go from here? After much thoughtful prayer and consideration, I have decided to cease publication of WindyCity Greek. I’ve realized that so much of my time is spent on the business and operational side of publishing a magazine, leaving little time for writing. At the end of the day, I am a writer, and I have so many stories yet to tell. That’s where I wish to focus my energies.
Our website will remain live until December 31. We will advise you shortly where to source the archives. VIPs will continue to receive their monthly newsletters through December. During this time, we will publish select articles on the site and continue to update the Calendar of Events. We’ll be active on social media as always.
In the coming months I’ll share more with you. I hope you’ll come along as I begin a new chapter.
This is not goodbye. My mission is still the same as it ever was. I strive to represent Greece and Greek people in the most positive and powerful ways I can – in Chicago, the U.S., and all over the world. I’m forever humbled by your praise, encouragement, and support. That will remain in my heart forever. Stay tuned for more updates.
In deepest gratitude,
Maria A. Karamitsos