When Hugh Hefner sat down at his kitchen table to lay out the first issue of Playboy magazine in 1953, Art Paul was the guy sitting next to him. Paul became Playboy’s art director, and remained in that position until he left in 1982.
For 60 cents—and a little imagination—revels could experience the Playboy lifestyle. Afternoon Shift talks to historians and a Playboy Bunny herself about how Chicago was shaped by Playboy -- and vice versa, as the famed institution moves to Los Angeles.
When the TV series The Playboy Club was axed earlier this month, the move suggested Playboy may no longer be ready for primetime. Playboy has been in Chicago since 1953 when Hugh Hefner first started to publish the storied men’s magazine.