To mark the 75th anniversary of the Chicago Sun-Times, we are exploring the history of Chicago — and our own — and thinking about how the next 75 years might unfold.

Chicago Sun-Times Executive Editor Jennifer Kho

Chicago Sun-Times Executive Editor Jennifer Kho.

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Celebrating 75 years of covering Chicago news

Over 75 years, the Chicago Sun-Times has covered stories of triumph and infamy, innovation and resilience, crime and corruption. There were unforgettable sports moments and legends, and the many Chicago characters that make up the highs and lows of the city we love.

We are so proud to be a part of this history.

To mark our anniversary, we are looking back at stories from our archives and looking forward with opinions from new thought leaders in our ‘Chicago’s Next Voices’ series.

We also look forward to hearing from you! Tell us how the Sun-Times has fit into your life below.

Chicago's Next Voices

The Sun-Times asked readers to share their predictions for Chicago’s future. Each month, we will share a new take on what the city could and should be for our fellow Chicagoans.

The Sun-Times’ Chicago’s Next Voices guest columnists: (top, from left) John F. Wasik, Lashaunta Moore, Chris Bigelow and Maham Khan; (middle, from left) Lucy Biederman, Thom Cicchelli, Valery Pineda and Emily Dagostino; and (bottom, from left) Derek Helling, Effie Koliopoulos, Randi Forrest and Nancy Osness.
They come from all walks of life and share the hopes, frustrations and fears that connect us all.
We’ll be publishing pieces from the winners every month, and we need your feedback to make decisions about what’s next.
On the Southeast Side, I discovered folks working to restore eco-preserves sprouting between shuttered mills. Here was a nascent template for the entire city and region.
Protests had erupted in Chicago as minority students were bused to majority-white schools. Amid all of that, two young girls, one white, one Black, sat together as new friends. One was my daughter.
What are your most memorable Sun-Times moments?
Every Chicagoan has their favorite Sun-Times memory — whether its reading the comics section at their Nana’s house or realizing that the world will be forever changed based on a front page story. 75 years is a lifetime of memories and we’d love to hear how we have fit into your life — big or small.

Your story could be shared in the paper or online.
Can we share your story in the paper or online?
As the NASCAR drivers take to Chicago’s streets, we remember other times this city has opened its roadways to provide a venue for national and local sports events.
The Sun-Times has covered LGBTQ+ communities with growing understanding and support for 75 years.
A journalist’s coming-out story in the 1970s. Straight reporters taking on the gay beat. Where are we now?
By 1984, after graduating with a journalism degree — and being a very out lesbian — I knew mainstream newsrooms were not for me. I was not going back into the closet for my career.
The newspaper has praised and scourged the city’s chief executives for three-quarters of a century.
Over the Sun-Times’ 75-year history, have staffers witnessed disasters that are seared into the memory of the city.
Throughout our history, Chicago Sun-Times photographers, reporters and editors have worked hard to capture our icebound, storm-tossed, sun-baked city.
The first daily edition was a reminder to readers that, while they were reading a new paper, they could trust the reporting. That has never changed.
This Sun-Times editorial was published Sept. 27, 1955, just after the two men charged with brutally murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till were acquitted of the murder charge. The paper expressed disgust at the “nauseating” verdict. This is part of a 75-anniversary project highlighting decades of exceptional journalism.
This story was published on Sept. 8, 1955, when Emmett Till’s mother announced she would be going to Mississippi to testify at the trial of the two men who brutally murdered her teenage son. This is part of a 75-anniversary series highlighting decades of journalism coverage