Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, owned by Tronc, Inc., formerly Tribune Publishing. Founded in 184 by James Kelly, John E. Wheeler, and Joseph K. C. Forrest, and formerly self-styled as the “World’s Greatest Newspaper.” It is the eighth-largest newspaper in the United States by circulation (and became the second-largest under Tribune’s ownership after the Chicago Tribune’s parent company purchased the Los Angeles Times).1

The Tribune’s masthead is notable for displaying the American flag, in reference to the paper’s motto, “An American Paper for Americans.” The motto is no longer displayed on the masthead, where it was placed below the flag.2

The Chicago Tribune is the founding business unit of Tribune Media Company. In Chicago, Tribune Media owns the WGN radio station (720 AM) and WGN-TV (Channel 9).

Tribune Company owned the New York Daily News from its 1919 founding until its 1991 sale to British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. The founder of the Daily News, Capt. Joseph Medill Patterson was an enthusiast of simplified spelling, a hallmark of the paper for many years.

Since 1925, the Chicago Tribune has been housed in the Tribune Tower on North Michigan Avenue on the Magnificent Mile. The building is neo-Gothic in style, and the design was the winner of an international competition hosted by the Tribune. The Tribune Tower is also owned by Tribune Media Company.


  1. 2008 Top 100 Daily Newspapers in the U.S. by Circulation↩︎
  2. Inside Snow Fall↩︎
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