Type Tales Chicago is a two-day event, taking place October 3–4, 2019, that celebrates and explores Chicago’s influential typographic history. From Frederic Goudy to Oswald Cooper, some of America’s most prominent type designers got their start in the Windy City, and today, a pioneering group of designers carries the torch forward.

Through a series of tours, workshops, talks, and panel discussions, Type Tales Chicago will bring riveting stories and inspiring contemporary designs to a small group of participants, in a relaxed setting.

In 2017, Steve Shaiman, the first program manager for type at Microsoft, had the idea to follow up two successful Type Tales events in the Pacific Northwest with a Chicago conference. He contacted TYPE after the successful New York Event in 2018, “The Art of Rolling Stone.”

About TYPE

TYPE is a print magazine and web site, published “as international conditions warrant.” No. 4 was published in September 2019. It’s a publication for people who love fonts—typography, calligraphy, lettering, sign painting—letterforms of all kinds.

While the web site is open to everyone, the way to insure getting the next four print issues is to become a member. Join here.


Conaway Center

1104 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Type Tales Chicago is being held in the Ludington Building, built in 1891. A part of the Columbia College Chicago conference, this is the earliest steel-frame building in the city that’s still standing. The Conaway Center is on the ground floor.

It is one of only two remaining buildings designed by William LeBaron Jenney, recognized as the inventor of the skyscraper.


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Type Designer and Historian
Chair of Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Chicago
Type Designer, Monotype