Where the Chicago Daily News Still Delivers

Many Chicagoans will tell you that the two major long time rival newspapers in town are Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. There was once a third, however: the Chicago Daily News.

The Daily News, founded in 1875, was a pioneer in American newspapers. Unlike its rivals, it was an afternoon paper. It became one of the first to set up foreign bureaus in 1898. It also introduced many innovations to the business, including classifieds and news story, serial and comic syndication. Together with The Fair Department Store, it launched WMAQ-TV, which it later sold to NBC.

The paper enjoyed great success until the 1960s. With the rise of television and an afternoon reader exodus to the suburbs, it began a slow decline in readership. Despite attempts to grab younger readers, the Chicago Daily News was published for the last time on Saturday, March 4, 1978, although there was a brief attempt to revive it a year later. The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize thirteen times in during its publication.

Ghost signs for the Chicago Daily News are still visible around the city:

There are also Chicago Daily News-related buildings that still exist:

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