In recent decades, information has gone digital.
Outlets and readers across the country have taken to websites and social media for their information. But sitting on the corner of Chicago Avenue and Main Street, an old-fashioned newsstand remains standing, selling print newspapers and magazines.
Chicago-Main Newsstand started out as a log cabin selling newspapers in the 1930s. Over the years, it has started to carry articles across the country. He continues that tradition today, operator Joe Angelastri said.
“We’ve always tried to bring newspapers and magazines (to customers). Our mission is to provide the widest possible selection, ”said Angelastri. “He’s not as tall as he used to be, but he’s still taller than anyone else. “
Angelastri began operating the newsstand in 2001 after the building was left vacant between 1993 and 2000. The city bought the property in 1999 with the intention of restoring the newsstand, according to Angelastri.
Under Angelastri, Chicago-Main Newsstand offers one of the largest selections of magazines in the Chicago area, drawing clients from as far away as Michigan and Indiana. Among its many unique offerings are art, fashion and political magazines.
Cathy Davidson, a frequent customer, said she visits the shop to shop for UK magazines like House & Garden.
“(I) lived in England for 10 years,” Davidson said. “We can’t get them anywhere else.
The store also carries several newspapers like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Chicago Sun-Times, but the majority of its inventory is magazines.
Manager Eric Ismond, who became a collaborator in 2002 for the love of magazines. According to him, the internet has essentially killed the out-of-town paper segment.
“We try to make all magazines available,” Ismond said. “In most cases, we do it quite well. “
Caryl Carlsen, an artist who grew up in Evanston, said she appreciated the location and vintage exterior of the store. Carlsen regularly checks the art sections for inspiration.
“It’s just a unique place. They have everything (including) international magazines. I’m an artist, so I like to watch that stuff, ”Carlsen said. “It’s always mind-blowing how much they have and the resources they offer. “
Angelastri also operates another newsstand in Chicago: City News Cafe. This site has been open since 1978, but Angelastri says the Evanston store sees more customers due to its proximity to public transportation and the higher density of neighborhoods.
During the pandemic and in general, Angelastri and Ismond said they appreciate the continued support of the Evanston community. Specifically, Angelastri has been impressed with the number of people who want to stick with print news.
“We appreciate the people of Evanston who support the old-fashioned newsstand,” Angelastri said. “In most communities in America, you couldn’t have that.”
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