Chicago Press Club
1904: 106 W. Madison Street
The story starts in the 1880s with the beginning of the Chicago Press Club and segues into muscle journalism in the 1920s. It ends when the copy boy-trained newspaperman of The Front Page–era evolved into today’s college-educated newspaper reporter.
The Chicago Press Club: The Scoop behind The Front Page RICHARD DIGBY-JUNGER Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) told a group of Chicago journalists at a late-night smoker that a press club for the city would be a “good idea.”
From its founding in 1880 to its reincarnation in 1948 and demise in 1987. It boasted the largest membership of any such group during the peak years of press clubs, 1900 to 1930. It was, as one member wrote in 1920, “the newspaperman’s club—the greatest in point of numbers in the world, the most democratic, the most simply conducted—a club where Brotherhood and Good Fellowship dwell eternally.”
Otto Schulz, 1911.