Chicago Tribune Beta Provides Online Searchability

PictureSource: Chicago Tribune

NOTE: The Chicago Tribune Newspaper Archives are now behind a Pay Wall.  You can search to find pertinent newspapers, but cannot bring up the newspaper image without a subscription.

At the time of publication of this article the Chicago Tribune provides an archive of past issues from 1849 through 1991 that are text searchable. You may also type in a date. The  images are displayed for free. This Beta capability has been available for awhile. Thanks to my friend Larry Parker who made me aware of this.

This may not always be the case.  When the archive is officially launched as an online searchable database, it is likely that the display of the images from search results will be behind a pay wall.

But for now, if you have ancestors in the Chicago area, I would highly recommend that you take advantage of this Free (currently) resource.

The Chicago Tribune once had a slogan of “The World’s Greatest Newspaper”. This was on Page 1 from 1911 to 1976. Did you know that radio station WGN, purchased by the Tribune in 1924, stood for World’s Greatest Newspaper?  I didn’t, and now I have one more clever fact that I will remember always.

To search the Tribune archives, go to

You might want to read the FAQ section to understand what the beta is all about and their plans for the future.

Good luck!


Please Share!

5 thoughts on “Chicago Tribune Beta Provides Online Searchability”

    1. The author needs ot update this page to reflect that. I don’t think the author even has a computer anymore. I bet he joined the smartphone idiot crowd that just gets glued to the latest app. Sorry but I’m from a generation when software was more then just apps.

  1. Have the decision-makers and owners LOST THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS???? They have just flushed down the metaphorical toilet a huge, huge, and I mean HUGE advantage that they had when their archives were free to the public. They should reverse the paywall post haste. For gosh sake, fire whoever was CEO when this decision was made. Very, very dumb — all in the name to bring in a few coins in the present. Sheer idiocy.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top