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  • The Chicagoan: July 15, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: August 1926

  • The Chicagoan: September 15, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: October 1, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: October 15, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: November 1, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: November 15, 1926

  • The Chicagoan: December 1, 1926

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  • The Chicagoan: January 18, 1930

  • The Chicagoan: February 1, 1930

  • The Chicagoan: March 15, 1930

  • The Chicagoan: April 12, 1930

  • The Chicagoan: April 26, 1930

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  • The Chicagoan: August 16, 1930

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  • The Chicagoan: Holiday

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The Chicagoan: July 15, 1926


Eighty-seven years after its first issue hit newsstands, The Chicagoan is available in a free online archive launched by the University of Chicago Library. The Jazz Age magazine—published from 1926 through 1935, and relaunched last year by former Stop Smiling publisher J.C. Gabel—was a sort of localized New Yorker.

"The inside pages were filled with caricatures, cartoons, reviews of the local art and entertainment scene, two pages of theatrical photographs, advertisements, and some society coverage," Neil Harris writes of issue No. 1 in his book The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age (University of Chicago Press, 2008). "Readers were promised news of 'metropolitan life,' 'the intellectual and social desires—music, arts, theatres, books, social activities and even sports.'"

The Chicagoan's prose, however ambitious, was outshined by its brilliant art.

"Vibrant colors, elegant geometry and sly humor made The Chicagoan’s covers one of its major accomplishments and announced its presence forcefully," Harris writes. "The covers’ affectionate and sometimes satirical tone captured the city’s energy and ambitions, foregrounding new landscapes of leisure and pleasure and juxtaposing Chicago’s emerging skyline to its dramatically changing seasons."

The illustrations are striking: a cubist football player closing in on a reception (October 15, 1926), lovers lazily boating in a Lincoln Park lagoon (July 30, 1927), a boy fishing in Buckingham Fountain (October 8, 1927). Plenty of recognizable Chicago landmarks—the Art Institute lions, the Marshall Field's clock, lakefront beaches—made the magazine's cover.

Once The Chicagoan went monthly, in August 1931, the mag's beautiful full-bleed cover art was replaced with less grand designs. Still, issues such as June 1934, whose cover features a map of the World's Fair, are essential historical pieces.

It could be a touch of Gatsby fever, but a great number of Chicagoan illustrations feel surprisingly contemporary, still dramatic after decades spent collecting dust in the stacks. Flip through nearly every eye-catching cover (the U. of C. archive is missing a handful of copies) in the slideshow above, and peruse the full text of each issue in the digital collection.


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