Chicago Newspapers


Chicago’s newspaper history extends back to 1833, when the Chicago Weekly Democrat became the city’s first newspaper. Chicagoans have long supported a number of local newspapers. In 1860, the city boasted 11 daily papers. As these papers chronicled the times, they also saw changes in ownership, formatting and news coverage.

Below is a Family Tree listing of Newspapers that were published in Chicago:


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Unloading rolls of paper from a horse drawn cart for the Chicago Daily News press in 1903.


Chicago Democrat, 1833 – 1861 (merged with Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Tribune, 1847 – Present


Weekly Chicago American, 1835 – 1837
Daily Chicago American, 1839 – 1842
Chicago Express, 1842 – 1843
Chicago Daily Journal, 1844 – 1929
Chicago Daily Times, 1929 – 1948 (merged with Chicago Sun)
Chicago Sun, 1941 – 1948 (merged with Chicago Daily Times)
Chicago Sun-Times, 1948 – Present


Englewood Economist, 1906 – 1924 (renamed Southtown Economist)
The (Tinley Park) Star, 1901-2007 (absorbed by Daily Southtown)
Southtown Economist, 1924 – 1993 (renamed Daily Southtown)
Daily Southtown, 1993 – 2007 (merged with The Star)
Southtown Star , 2007 – Present


Chicago Democratic Press, 1852 – 1857


Chicago Times, 1854 – 1895 (became Chicago Times-Herald)
Chicago Morning Post, 1860 – 1865 (became Chicago Republican)
Chicago Republican, 1865 – 1872 (became Inter Ocean)
Chicago Times-Herald, 1895 – 1901 (became Chicago Record-Herald)
Inter Ocean, 1872 – 1914 (became Chicago Record-Herald)
Chicago Daily Telegraph, 1878 – 1881 (became Chicago Morning Herald)
Chicago Herald, 1881 – 1918 (merged with Chicago Examiner)
Chicago Examiner, 1902 – 1918 (merged with Chicago Herald)
Chicago Herald-Examiner, 1918 – 1939 (became Herald-American)
Chicago Record, 1881 – 1901 (merged with Chicago Morning Herald)
Chicago Morning Herald, 1893 – 1901 (merged with Chicago Record)
Chicago Record Herald, 1901 – 1914
Chicago American, 1900 – 1939, (became Chicago Herald-American)
Chicago Herald-American, 1939 – 1958 (became Chicago’s American)
Chicago’s American, 1958 – 1969 (became Chicago Today)
Chicago Today, 1969 – 1974


Chicago Courier, 1874 – 1876


Chicago Post & Mail, 1875 – 1878 (absorbed by Chicago Daily News)
Chicago Evening Post, 1886 – 1932 (absorbed by Chicago Daily News)
Chicago Daily News, 1876 – 1978


Chicago Mail , 1885 – 1894


Chicago Globe, 1887 – 1895


Chicago Chronicle, 1895 – 1908


Chicago Defender, 1905 – Present


Chicago Reader, 1972 – Present


StreetWise, 1992 – Present


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Men and boys standing and reading newspapers outside the Chicago Daily News building at 123 North Wells Street, 1911