Posted in books | music on February 13, 2012

The Chicagoan
The Chicagoan

Our rollout: We officially launch on 2/20 at 50 stores near you, tho primarily throughout the city. Our website launches the same day.

Our newsstand: Getting old school, we built a collection of 1920s pop-up newsstands that will appear throughout the city starting next week.

Our cause: To look at the national zeitgeist thru a Midwestern prism via long-form storytelling.

Time Out Chicago adds:
Next week marks the public launch of The Chicagoan, a sumptuous 194-page magazine that carries a dazzling array of articles, artwork and photographs, zero advertising and a cover price of $19.95. A line beneath the nameplate describes its mission as nothing less than "documenting the arts, culture, innovators and history of Chicago and the Greater Midwest."

Finding a copy of the limited-edition prototype won't be easy. Initial distribution is planned for only about 50 retail locations in Chicago -- mainly boutiques, salons and restaurants -- with sales out of custom-designed 1920s-style pop-up newsstands. Don't even bother looking for it in most bookstores or anywhere in the suburbs.

Check out some classic Chicagoan covers at Vol.1 Brooklyn.

Watch a video about the magazine posted by The University of Chicago, below..


"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)." [Wikipedia]




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