Chicago Stories Author:George Ade George Ade, born in the small town of Kentland, Indiana in 1866, was just close enough to Chicago to see the glow of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Raised in a middle class family of modest means, he received a scholarship to attend the fledgling Purdue University, where he befriended John T. McCutcheon. Ade became the one-man staff for a Repub... more »lican newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana after graduation, while McCutcheon, an artist, joined the staff of the Chicago Morning News. The quest for a decent paycheck led Ade to Chicago in 1890, where McCutcheon helped him get a job with the Morning News. The two friends shared a room and began collaborating on a daily column, "Stories of the Streets and the Town." Breaking from past journalistic styles, Ade recorded sketches based on real life observation from Chicago's streets, with McCutcheon providing the accompanying illustrations. George Ade is best known for his work as a fabulist and playwright, but it was his early years as a Chicago newspaperman that helped develop his literary style.
These selections from George Ade originally appeared in The Chicago Record, a publication of The Chicago Daily News. Starting as a $12-a-week weather reporter in 1890, Ade soon began collaborating on a year-long series on the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with illustrator John McCutcheon. Ade and McCutcheon were given a daily space on the editorial page which grew into their column, "Stories of the Streets and of the Town," devoted to descriptive sketches of Chicago life.
"My ambition"was to report people as the really were, as I saw them to be in their everyday life, and as I knew them to be." In the 'Stories' there was not much emphasis on plot, but instead carefully sketched, detailed incidents in the delineation of real characters in real life, depicting various episodes in their lives as related through the medium of their own talk." -- George Ade« less