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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Chicagoan..........some of the covers

The Chicagoan was an American magazine modeled after the New Yorker published from June 1926 until April 1935. Focusing on the cultural life of the city of Chicago, each issue of the Chicagoan contained art, music, and drama reviews, profiles of personalities and institutions, commentaries on the local scene, and editorials, along with cartoons and original art.

In an early issue, the Chicagoan's editors claimed to represent "a cultural, civilized and vibrant" city "which needs make no obeisance to Park Avenue, Mayfair, or the Champs Elysees." Despite its lofty aims, the stalwart assertions of publisher Martin J. Quigley (who once wrote that "Whatever Chicago was and was to be, the Chicagoan must be and become"), and a circulation that sometimes rose above 20,000, the magazine was largely forgotten after its last issue.

Only two substantial collections remain, one at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library and the other at the New York Public Library. Cultural historian Neil Harris has recently written a book on the subject, The Chicagoan: A Lost History of the Jazz Age (the University of Chicago Press).

Here are a few of the covers. And, I really recommend finding a copy of Neil Harris' book.....great, simply great. :)


  1. Hi Barberella. Fantastic cover-art , It looks like they silently sneaked out of a museum of modern art, by night. Thank you for sharing.

  2. What a great description! They all are sooo very Chicago....some are still very fitting, to me...not dated at all :)