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Playboy Magazine Relocating to Los Angeles

Lindsay Lohan Playboy Cover - P 2011
Courtesy of Playboy Magazine

The longtime Chicago, IL offices of Hugh Hefner's empire are set to move west in May 2012.

Playboy Enterprises announced Wednesday that it would be moving its magazine operations from its longtime Chicago location to Los Angeles. 

"As of May 2012, Playboy magazine's editorial, art and photo departments will be based out of the company's Los Angeles office," Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "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."

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Playboy magazine has been run out of its Chicago offices since the company's 1953 founding. The plans for its remaining Chicago-based departments has not been announced. 

"No final decisions have been made yet regarding the future of other departments currently based in Chicago," said Hennessey.

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Speculation arrose after the publication's chief content officer/editorial director Jimmy Jellinek moved to L.A. in August, Time Out Chicago, who first confirmed the move, reported

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The company's founder, Hugh Hefner also hinted at the possibility of a move in 2010, saying "We will be probably consolidating on the West Coast." This brings the business closer to his home base, the infamous Playboy Mansion. 

Lindsay Lohan is the magazine's current cover star (which was released early after the cover image leaked online). It's first was Marilyn Monroe in Dec. 1953.