About Neil Steinberg

       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.  The National Headliner Awards honored it as the best local interest column in the country in 2022.
     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, Washington Monthly, Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader and Michigan Avenue. None of those publications are involved with this blog either. 
    A prolific freelancer, obviously, he has also written corporate web sites, trade association speeches, commencement addresses, concocted games for GAMES magazine, stunts for a Nickelodeon kids' show, the text on a memorial plaque, and conceived two cartoons published in The New Yorker. His rates are reasonable.
     Online, in addition to his daily blog, Steinberg has written for Salon.com, Forbes.com (as well as Forbes in print) and Mosaic, the website of science and medicine once run by the Wellcome Trust, the largest medical charity in Britain. His stories there were republished around the world, by CNN Health, the BBC, the Guardian, and others. One was anthologized in a book, Bodyology: The Curious Science of our Bodies.
    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, 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 books have been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning and other television shows. One, You Were Never in Chicago, was reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Although, to be honest, the reviewer hated it.
     My ninth book, loosely based on this blog and titled Every Goddamn Day: A Highly Selective, Definitely Opinionated, and Alternatingly Heartbreaking and Humorous  Historical Tour of Chicago, is being published in October by the University of Chicago Press. It can be pre-ordered here.
     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 was  featured speaker at the Uptown Poetry Slam at the Green Mill, twice, spent a month living at the Ragdale Foundation artistic community in Lake Forest, 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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