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Chicago Examiner

The Chicago Examiner was one of a dozen major newspapers published in Chicago at the turn of the last century. It was known for its sensational news stories.

The Chicago Public Library’s 10-year run of the Examiner, while incomplete, extends from 1908 to 1918 and represents the longest run of the paper still available.

Follow the tragedy of the shipwreck of the Eastland, a Great Lakes passenger steamer, in which 844 passengers and crew perished while the ship was tied to a dock in the Chicago River; the infamous 1910 Union Stock Yards fire, that killed more firefighters than any building collapse until September 11, 2001; the mystery of the Dunne Water Crib fire, told through first-person accounts, reportage, photos and illustrations; and big early wins for the Cubs and the White Sox.

The Chicago Examiner is housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center; microfilm is available in the Newspapers Department at Harold Washington Library Center.

External Resources

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections
More than 100 Illinois newspapers dating back to 1831.
Library of Congress Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Digitized newspapers from all 50 states, 1789-1943.