Last week the Chicago Tribune reported this, here it is in the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ puts it this way:  Chicago has less people today than in 1920.  I don’t recall the Tribune pointing this out.

As one who calls Chicago home, and loves the city, it seems ominous that its population loss bears some resemblance to what has happened to Detroit.  But beyond numerical loss there are very few comparisons between Chicago and Detroit.  As most areas of Chicago are marked by vitality, much of Detroit lies much too quiet, empty and abandoned.

Here’s a WSJ graphic showing Chicago’s population on the decades beginning from 1840.