jan parr

Editor/Writer/Content Creator

Jan Parr has been creating quality content for magazines and the Web for more than 25 years. A specialist in start-ups, she founded three magazines for Chicago magazine: Chicago Home + Garden, Chicago Shops, and Chicago Visitor. She also created Online Investor magazine, Dividends (a custom publication for Staples small-business customers), and was on the start-up team for Connect-Time, a magazine newspaper insert instructing readers about what was then the fledgling world of the Internet. Jan has served on the staff of Forbes and Crain’s Electronic Media. She is an experienced speaker, regularly appearing at events around Chicago. As editor of Online Investor, she spoke at investing conferences and conducted podcast interviews. As an adjunct professor, Jan has taught magazine editing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for 11 years. She is the author of Chicago Spaces: Inspiring Interiors, as well as two books for young adults: The Young Vegetarian’s Companion and Amelia Earhart: First Lady of Flight. Her byline has appeared in many national and local publications. She is currently assistant managing editor at Crain's Chicago Business.