Chicago has a rich history of newspaper publication, beginning with Chicago's first newspaper, the Chicago Weekly Democrat, founded in 1833. The Encyclopedia of Chicago has a timeline of Selected Chicago Daily Newspapers.

Chicago was and remains the home of numerous foreign language newspapers. The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, which translated and classified select news articles printed in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The survey consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

The Newberry newspaper holdings, both print and microfilm, can be found in the Newberry Library Newspaper Collection Guide. Chicago Public Library has a timeline of the newspapers they hold on microfilm, as well as links to subscription databases available to cardholders.

The Illinois Newspaper Project has inventoried and cataloged newspapers from around the state, including many from Chicago.

Numerous Chicago papers are included in subscription databases. Check each database to see which papers are included.

Other newspapers have been digitized and are freely available. These include:

The Broad Ax (1895-1922) Described by some historians as the most controversial black newspaper in Chicago in the late 19th century.

Chicago Eagle (1892-1922) Published on Saturdays, the Chicago Eagle was a Democratic Party-centered paper.

Chicago Examiner (1908-1918) The morning edition to complement the evening edition paper, the Chicago American.

Chicago Livestock World (1902-1917) Daily newspaper published at the Union Stock Yards reporting information about the livestock market, agricultural advice, advertisements, and world news.

Chicago Packer (1907–1939) “Devoted to Fruits, Vegetables, Butter, Eggs, Poultry and Produce Generally.”

The Daily Worker (1922-1924) Published by the Communist Labor Party.

The Day Book (1911-1917) An experiment in advertisement-free newspaper publishing, The Day Book was published for a working-class readership

Dziennik Zwiazkowy (1908-1917) Published by the Polish National Alliance.

Hyde Park Herald (1882-2008) Provides the history of the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

Sentinel (1911–1949) The Sentinel was the premier Jewish weekly in Chicago.