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The Chicagoan Revived and the Jazz Age Re-visited

On June 14, 1926, a new magazine landed on the newsstands. It only cost 15 cents, but The Chicagoan promised news on the “intellectual and social desires.”

But less than a decade later, The Chicagoan folded and was all but forgotten. Forgotten until University of Chicago Professor Emeritus Neil Harris stumbled on the issues in the university's library. He's resurrected the magazine in a new coffee table book called The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age. He joined Eight Forty-Eight host Richard Steele recently and described the moment he made his discovery.

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