Premium full color printing, attractive ad design & upscale clientele make inside chicago® a direct mail booklet unlike any other.

With your ad placement in inside chicago®, Windy City Marketing offers your business the value of a mini ad agency- we provide brand recognition, create identity, streamline your message and provide copy-writing skills with award-winning ad design. As you place an ad, please review these ad specs or share with your own design team to ensure your artwork is press ready.

Overall specs

Print Area
8 x 3 inches, no bleeds
4 Color Process
All Pantone/PMS colors are converted to process (no exceptions).
High Resolution Art ONLY
Acceptable formats: PDF, JPG, EPS, AI, PSD, INDD
MAC/PC Compatible
We accept ads and artwork in these programs only. Adobe Creative Suite 6 (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)

Unacceptable artwork

  • Artwork less than 300 dpi or not high resolution.
  • Scanned artwork from previously printed pieces (i.e. photos on brochures).
  • Artwork downloaded from a website (RGB, 72 dpi).
  • Artwork/Logos received in MS Word or a word document.

Client supplied ads

  • Submit the final version only, otherwise additional fees will be assessed.
  • All files received must be at least 300 dpi—acceptable hi-res formats include: tif, eps, jpg and pdf.
  • All files must be converted to CMYK, including any Pantone colors.
  • Fonts must be provided and the files should be edit-able.
  • If you are providing a high resolution (fonts outlined) PDF—You must submit files for two consecutive mailings. Request the appropriate expiration dates from your sales representative.

Artwork transfer methods

Tangible Options
Electronic Transfer Options
  • Please do not send any files via email that are more than 5 MB. If the file is larger than 5 MB, please use/ask for an alternative method of transfer.
  • All logos/artwork provided electronically must be at least 300 dpi and larger than artwork downloaded from websites or low resolution (any dpi less than 300).
  • If an agency is sending a complete ad—please stuff/zip the files (InDesign or Illustrator collected with all artwork and fonts).

Windy City Marketing, Inc. produces Chicago local Direct Mail Advertising via the published product inside chicago®—a unique direct mail booklet that is delivered via USPS to Chicago residences and North Shore residences. All ads are given the opportunity to be designed in-house with our award-winning ad design. Ads are included in our direct mail booklet inside chicago®, printed on premium stock and delivered as upscale direct mail advertising in the Chicago and North Shore markets.