The Return of the Chicagoan
In 1926 the Chicagoan, a magazine modelled on the New Yorker, attempted to counter the city’s increasingly dodgy reputation by highlighting its literary and cultural greatness. But lacking the New Yorker’s bohemian edge (Chicago’s literati had left town by then) and with editors coming and going, the magazine succumbed to the Depression in 1935. Only one complete set of originals remains in existence.
“The covers were absolutely stunning, but the writing was a little more hit or miss because it was written to the society folks,” says J.C. Gabel of the original magazine.