Issue one of The Chicagoan is old news to citizens of the publication’s titular city—a small run of the 194-page beast sold exclusively from boutiques, restaurants, salons and a roving newsstand garnered a lot of attention when it was released earlier this year. A resurrection of a much older magazine of the same name that ran as competition against The New Yorker in the 1920s and ’30s, The Chicagoan is published by a non-profit and is ad-free, making for many long and engrossing trips to the can.
The publication is biannual but eventually those who subscribe at a yearly rate will also get daily content through an app—all of it serving the goal of “documenting the arts, culture, innovators and history of Chicago and the Greater Midwest.” Issue one features all sorts of delights, chief among them an extensive oral history exploring the relationship between film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Editor-in-Chief J.C. Gabel has a legacy of preserving and pushing culture in Chicago. Should be a good showing.