The warmth of the printed word still burns at the City Newsstand, 4018 N. Cicero, the largest magazine stand in the midwest.
Associate manager Mike Oelrich estimates there are 3,500 magazines in the store along with a couple hundred books. This link ain't flimsy either.
One of my earliest journalism imprints were shaped as a teenager in suburban Chicago. I would take the Burlington-Northern train into the city to visit my father in his Swift & Company office, 115 W. Jackson. I would then jump on an El to head to Wrigley Field to watch Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins.
I passed several corner newsstands on my journey. I loved everything about them. They were my storefront windows into a magical world.
I loved the newshawks with cigars the size of naval submarines. I loved newspapers from far away places. Like St. Louis. I liked the soft porn. I loved the Chicago Daily News and the writing style of M.W. Newman.
Almost all of the Chicago corner newsstands went away, like doves in a deep blue sky. (There is still a modest newsstand at Division and Ashland).
But City Newsstand remained.
I thought it would be fun to do one of our weekly video-docs on the City Newsstand. The incongruity of digital and the printed word seemed interesting to me.
I hope you like the enjoy the work of award-winning Sun-Times videographer Jon Sall, who has a keen ability to absorb his subject while maintaining the patience to tell a story--- just like his print predecessors at the Daily News.
I learned that business is up at City News, especially after a 10-month expansion included a full espresso bar, cookies and chocolate truffles made by employee Donna Kosiba for the new City News Cafe. The cafe opened in August. The City Newsstand is owned by Joe Angelastri, who also owns the Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston......