1973 | Chicago Reader at Forty | Chicago Reader


The year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader

Part of a 40-week series in which we take a look at a specific year in Chicago history via the pages of the Reader.

February 2, 1973

The Straight Dope

The first question ever to Cecil Adams

How much convention business has Chicago lost as a result [of the 1968 convention melee]?

And now, from the folks who brought you the airport-in-the-lake … 

[Andrew J. Epstein illustration: "Ms. Landfill 1973"]In 1973 the Reader got crazy graphically, and no illustrator put on more of a show than Andrew J. Epstein. Here's his art for a February 2 cover story on Chicago's newest lakefront plan, a topic you might not infer from the drawing. Whatever. Now a famous artist/photographer in LA, Epstein recalls the owners offered him Reader stock cheap, but he said no. “I had to buy this giant brick of marijuana.”

April 13, 1973

Allah Runs It

“There is more to Islam than prayer. It holds a heady attraction, especially for black men. A strong masculine image, tempered by righteousness and social and political awareness. Islam does not render unto Caesar, nor does it turn the other cheek.”

September 28, 1973

A Commoner's Map of Chicago

The Reader has always liked poking around in Chicago's past because it's such a pandemonium of grotesques and earthly delights. Consider: in the span of a single lifetime, violence in Chicago advanced from the bucolic Indian uprising of the 1812 Fort Dearborn Massacre to the hyperurban serial killing of H.H. Holmes during the 1893 world's fair. The premise of this September 28 feature was that “Chicago, like ancient Troy, lives on top of its own history and is unaware of its existence.” Our map did something about that (though it overlooked Dr. Holmes).

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