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Crain's Roundup: Pitchfork Media Sold, Playboy Pulls Plug on Nude Photos


New York-based Condé Nast purchased Chicago’s Pitchfork Media for an undisclosed amount earlier this week. The 20-year-old company has become the go-to source on independent music since its founding in 1995. Pitchfork Media President Chris Kaskie said the acquisition by Condé Nast will not yield major changes.

We’ll talk with Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer about the culture clash of these two companies as well as Playboy magazine’s decision to stop publishing nude photos of women. Playboy’s shift to cover up will come in March, along with several other changes as part of the magazine’s redesign.

Buzz about a Chinese airline considering a new route between Shanghai and Chicago could boost tourism to the Windy City. Chinese tourists are expected to reach 200 million by 2020, with more than 5.7 million coming to the U.S. according to Crain’s.

Meanwhile, three heavyweights in Illinois’ beer business are keeping close tabs on InBev’s proposed acquisition of SABMiller that would give one company control of 70 percent of U.S. beer sales. But could the merger leave a bad taste in Chicago’s mouth?

Dwyer will answer some of these questions and more with Phil Ponce.

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