Nerd Porn: When Jazz Age Chicago had a New Yorker

Posted by Jason Diamond

If it wasn’t for New York, Chicago would never be the Second City; or to be more precise: if it wasn’t for famed New Yorker writer, A. J. Liebling, Chicago might not have ever been known as the Second City.

The Chicagoan was a magazine that lived and died before Liebling’s famous nickname caught on.  It was a counterpart to the New York institution, which got the anthology treatment a few years ago from the University of Chicago Press in 2008.

I came across some of the cover images, and figured it would make a nice installment of Nerd Porn.


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