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Mixed Reviews for Chicago Tribune Arts Coverage

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Mixed Reviews for Chicago Tribune Arts Coverage

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Last winter, Chicago's theaters and performing arts community were in an uproar over what were then only rumors of changes the Chicago Tribune planned for its daily and Sunday arts coverage.

Theater owners alone solicited more than 13,000 signatures from patrons to postcards opposing any change in ArtsPlus, a full page of overnight reviews and other arts coverage that ran with full-color photos and graphics on the back page of die Tribune's Section One.

More than nine months later, in September, the Tribune began publishing the new sections, expanding the Sunday arts coverage from a tabloid section to a broadsheet.

Weekdays, overnight reviews were taken of Section One, renamed ArtsWatch, and moved to the back page of the Metro section - where it shared space with a big advertising position and where there is no possibility of running color.

If Chicago's arts community were Siskel and Ebert, they would be giving it one thumb up and one thumb down.

In general, impresarios like the expanded news hole and bigger broad-sheet design on Sundays - although the price of a full-page ad has, of course, climbed dramatically.

On weekdays, however, they say losing the Section One back page has been disastrous. …

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