About Us

Performance Media is a multi-faceted custom publisher specializing in performance based programs and magazines for leading cultural institutions and arts venues as well as publications for associations, festivals and organizations in the metropolitan Chicago area and other custom publications.

Established in 1991 Performance Media has expertise in creating, designing and publishing primarily for the non-profit sector.  Performance Media currently publishes over two million copies of magazines, programs and guides per year that are read by over nine million metro Chicago consumers.

From initial concept through delivery Performance Media’s staff is qualified to handle every aspect involved in producing unique custom publications.  Each publication is thoughtfully produced and crafted to represent each of our client’s individuality.  Our publications are created as souvenir keepsakes, have been sold to collectors on-line and have won national design awards. 

Publishing custom programs, magazines, and guides requires that we first get to know our clients in order to gain a full understanding of their goals, objectives, and strategies.  Using analytical research, needs analysis, audience profiles, and creative problem solving, we create publications that meet our client’s objectives.  Our goal is to work as a partner to each of our clients by translating their image onto paper and into a publication they are proud to call their own. 

Performance Media’s staff has extensive experience selling image advertising into this unique genre of publications.  Each publication produced by Performance Media requires a different sales approach to a different group of targeted advertisers.  Every publication has been created and designed to reflect the organization it represents, each with their own individual nuances that Performance Media’s team must be familiar with in order to successfully sell image advertising to businesses and organizations of all sizes and types both locally and nationally. Performance Media’s staff has been selected for their unique capabilities and skills to constantly develop new business from a broad range of advertisers. 

Performance Media is a woman owned business that publishes in an ecologically responsible manner using eco-responsible and FSC certified printers, soy based inks and recycled paper for all publications.  Performance Media also promotes and facilitates recycling of all of its publications both in our offices and at our venues.

Our commitment and support of the non-profit sector and the arts community has provided over $302,750,000 in programs and complimentary advertising Performance Media has donated to our clients.