Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, owned by Tribune Publishing. Founded in 1847, and formerly self-styled as the "World's Greatest Newspaper" (a slogan for which WGN radio and television are named), it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region. It had the sixth-highest circulation for American newspapers in 2017.[3]

Chicago Tribune
The June 16, 2009 front page
of the Chicago Tribune
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Tribune Publishing
Founder(s)James Kelly, John E. Wheeler and Joseph K. C. Forrest
Editor-in-chiefColin McMahon[1]
Managing editorChristine Wolfram Taylor
General managerPar Ridder
Opinion editorKristen McQueary
Sports editorAmanda Kaschube
Photo editorTodd Panagopoulos
FoundedJune 10, 1847; 174 years ago (1847-06-10)
  • 160 North Stetson Avenue
  • Chicago, Illinois 60601
CountryUnited States
  • 448,930 daily
  • 331,190 Saturday
  • 853,324 Sunday
(as of March 31, 2013)[2]
ISSN1085-6706 (print)
2165-171X (web)
OCLC number7960243

In the 1850s, under Joseph Medill, the Chicago Tribune became closely associated with Illinois' favorite son, Abraham Lincoln, and with the Republican Party's progressive wing. In the 20th century under Medill's grandson, Robert R. McCormick, it achieved a reputation as a crusading paper with a decidedly more American-conservative anti-New Deal outlook, and its writing reached other markets through family and corporate relationships at the New York Daily News and the Washington Times-Herald. The 1960s saw its corporate parent owner, Tribune Company, reach into new markets. In 2008, for the first time in its over century-and-a-half history, its editorial page endorsed a Democrat, Illinoisan Barack Obama, for U.S. president.[4]

Originally published solely as a broadsheet, the Tribune announced on January 13, 2009, that it would continue publishing as a broadsheet for home delivery, but would publish in tabloid format for newsstand, news box, and commuter station sales.[5] This change, however, proved to be unpopular with readers, and in August 2011, the Tribune discontinued the tabloid edition, returning to its established broadsheet format through all distribution channels.[6]

The Tribune's masthead displays the American flag, in reference to the paper's former motto, "An American Paper for Americans". The motto is no longer displayed on the masthead, where it was placed below the flag.

The Tribune was owned by parent company, Tribune Publishing. In May 2021 Tribune Publishing was acquired by Alden Global Capital, which operates its media properties through Digital First Media.[7][8][9][10][11]