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Playboy goes totally LA: Hef shutters Chicago office

Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's

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Playboy Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner's property, the Playboy Mansion.

Hugh Hefner wrote a love letter to Chicago, the city he credits with giving shape to his empire in the early 1950s.

The Playboy office in Chicago has closed following last year's announcement that Playboy was moving the bulk of operations closer to home in Los Angeles. 

The 86-year-old said the move is the final step in SoCal consolidation after nearly 60 years in the Windy City. 

Over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune published a goodbye column of Hefner's memories from college, his stint in the U.S. Army, his life in Chicago, and the birth of Playboy.

He called the city "the most significant representation of true, post-war America," and says the environment was an integral part of the development of the business.  

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