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:
Chicago paper boys using carts.
Lake and Laramie Streets, 1934.
Chicago Democrat, 1833 – 1861 (merged with Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Tribune, 1847 – Present
Chicago Tribune Tower Competition
Freedom of the Press Mural
From Trees to Tribune
Tribune Tour No. 1—Seeing the News Room
Tribune Tour No. 2—Printing the Chicago Tribune
Chicago to Berlin on the Untin Bowler
First Color News Spot Picture
Tribunes 100th Anniversary
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 Times (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
The Skandinaven, 1866 – 1941
Chicago Courier, 1874 – 1876
Chicago Evening Mail, 1870 – 1875 (became Chicago Post & Mail)
Chicago Evening Post, 1865 – 1875 (became Chicago Post & Mail)
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
Men and boys standing and reading newspapers outside the Chicago Daily News building at 123 North Wells Street, 1911
Chicago Tribune August 27, 1939
The Chicago Herald and Examiner, which has been published as a morn- ing newspaper for more than twenty years, will suspend publication with today’s issue, An announcement to this effect was made by the management last evening.
The Chicago Evening American, one of the William R. Hearst chain of newspapers, as was the Herald and Examiner , will take the name Chicago Herald-American. It will continue to publish an afternoon newspaper and will also have a Sunday edition. The change will become effective tomorrow.
About 700 are affected by the closing down of the Herald and Examiner. Some of them, it was said, will be retained on the staff of the Chicago Herald-American. Others will draw severance pay.
Contained Remnants of 17 Papers.
The Herald and Examiner contained within itself all that remained of seventeen former Chicago newspapers. It had existed under that name since May 2, 1918, when Hearst bought the Chicago Herald and merged it with his Chicago Examiner, founded in 1902.
The Chicago Herald, which had been established only four years earlier, carried into the combination the relics of fifteen newspapers. They were: The Chicago Courant, Young America, Chicago Times, Chicago Herald (an earlier publication), Herald and Times, Chicago Times (No. 21), Daily Telegraph, Morning Herald, Times-Herald, Morning News, Chicago Record, Chicago Record Herald, Morning Post, Chicago Republican, and Inter-Ocean.
History of Predecessors.
Oldest of these newspapers was the Courant, founded in 1853 and changed to Young America the next year. Soon afterward it became the Chicago Times, which was merged in 1860 with the youthful Chicago Herald under the title Herald and Times. In 1861 the name was changed to Chicago Times.
The Daily Telegraph was founded in 1878 and absorbed by the Morning Herald in 1881. The Morning Herald was merged with the Chicago Times in 1895 under the name Times-Herald. This publication was combined with the Chicago Record in 1901.
The Chicago Record was first published in 1893. Its ancestor was the Morning News, first issued in 1881 as a morning edition of the Chicago Daily News, and changed in 1892 to the Chicago News Record-a year be. fore it became the Record. The merged Record and Times-Herald in 1901 became the Record-Herald.
Herald and Examiner Emerges.
In 1860 the Morning Post was started. It was sold in 1865 to the Chicago Republican. Seven years later the Inter-Ocean was founded and purchased the Republican. The Inter- Ocean was absorbed by the Chicago Record Herald in 1914. This combination became the Chicago Herald which was brought, with the Exam- iner, into the Chicago Herald and Examiner.
Since civil war days there have been many failures of newspapers in Chicago. THE TRIBUNE, meanwhile, has grown without absorbing any rival publications. Its last merger was with the Chicago Democrat, purchased in 1861 from Long John Wentworth, who formerly was mayor of Chicago.
Present high costs of publishing have been blamed in the last two years for the suspension of daily papers all over the United States. A compilation shows that between June, 1937, and Aug. 1, 1939, a total of seventy-six ceased to publish, thirty-five of them since last Jan. 1.
Higher Taxes a Factor.
Competition from the radio and the neon sign, which gave outdoor advertising a new lease on life some fifteen years ago, had their effect. In- creasing taxes and higher costs, which could not always be passed on to readers and advertisers, were factors just as important.
Newsprint paper prices rose 25 per cent between 1933 and 1938. Wage rates of Chicago unions increased, in the same period, from 8 to 33 per cent. At the same time the Chicago newspapers were asked to employ more help. The number of tradesmen employed on the Chicago papers was 14 per cent greater in 1938 than in 1936.