About Neil Steinberg

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       Neil Steinberg writes for the Chicago Sun-Times (though the newspaper does not sanction or supervise this blog, and is in no way involved with or responsible for its content). He joined the editorial staff in 1987, and his news column began in 1996. 
     He has also written for a variety of publications including Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York Daily News, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Men's Journal, Details, Granta, Spy, National Lampoon, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader and Michigan Avenue. None of those publications are involved with this blog either. 
     Online, in addition to his daily blog, Steinberg has written for Salon.com, Forbes.com (as well as Forbes in print) and Mosaic, the Wellcome Trust's web site of science and medicine. His stories there were republished around the world, by CNN Health, the BBC, the Guardian, and others.
    A prolific freelancer, he has written corporate web sites, trade association speeches, commencement addresses, and two captions for cartoons in The New Yorker. His rates are reasonable.
    He—oh heck, me, I'm writing this—is the author of eight books, the most recent being Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery, written with Sara Bader. Published in 2o16 by the University of Chicago Press, it was a No. 1 best-seller in several categories on Amazon and has gone through seven printings. Alexandra Styron called it "a life raft." Gene Weingarten, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner at the Washington Post, called it "a terrific book."
     My ninth book, titled Every goddamn day: Neil Steinberg's Chicago, is being published in the fall of 2022 by the University of Chicago Press.
     A graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, I have taught writing at Loyola University and for the State University of New York's Maritime College. I have been a resident of the Ragdale Foundation's artistic community, and am currently a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
     I live in the leafy suburban paradise of Northbrook with my wife, a cat, Natasha, and a dog named Kitty.  We have two adult sons. 



  1. I just finished Drunkard. Not only was it one of the best non-fiction books I've read, it has, more than any consequence of drinking yet, inspired me not to drink anymore. The problem is, it might have profoundly impacted my notions of 'treatment' in a negative way. Maybe it hasn't, maybe it's prepared me or inspired me to find a program that works for me without my 12-step pet peeve: 'confrontation addiction'.
    Yours is the first memoir type book for which I have utilized a highlighter. The story about the boxcar racer had me laughing to the point of tears.
    I will probably be reading whatever you write.
    Thank You!

    1. Story about the boxcar racer? I don't recall that.

    2. Oh, you mean the "Pinewood Derby." Yes.


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