Chicago’s gay newspaper Windy City Times has reached the grand old age of 25, a huge achievement for a gay newspaper especially in todays challenging market for gay publications.
Windy City Times was founded in September 1985 at the height of the AIDS crisis. Two of the four original founders have passed away. Co-founder and current publisher Tracy Baim says 25 years is an important milestone because the modern gay rights movement had just begun its strongest push in the 1960s and 1970s. She says now that gay issues are covered better in the mainstream media, niche publications are crucial for covering the community in more meaningful ways.
Windy City Times is notable for their extensive online archives, with a quarter century of the history of Chicago’s gay community accessible.