Reporting from Chicago — After nearly 60 years as a Chicago institution, Playboy Enterprises Inc. is moving its editorial operations out west. Executives confirmed that the magazine's editorial, art and photo departments will shift to the company's Los Angeles office by May.
"Some of the magazine's Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition," Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement Tuesday.
No final decisions have been made about other departments at Playboy's Chicago headquarters. Hennessey declined to say how many employees are currently based in Chicago.
The move has been the subject of much speculation since March, when octogenarian founder Hugh Hefner bought back Playboy Enterprises, the company he founded in his Chicago apartment in 1953. Hefner moved to Los Angeles in 1975.