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What is the Chicago font?

This Apple system font was designed as a bitmap by Susan Kare, and used for menus and buttons throughout the operating system — a large part of the Mac’s cute appeal. (The friendly icons were also designed by Kare.) More recently the Chicago design was made into a scalable TrueType font by the Bigelow and Holmes studio, but at small sizes on screen the new font is identical to Kare’s.
For Mac OS 8, Apple decided to discard this wonderful part of their brand’s identity, and commissioned David Berlow of the Font Bureau to design Charcoal.

Chicago Font families

The Chicago includes the following font families:

  • Chicago

Chicago Preview

Here is a preview of how Chicago will look. For more previews using your own text as an example, click here.

Is Chicago A free font? Is Chicago Free to Download?

No,Chicago is not free to download. You will need to pay for it I'm afraid. Almost every font that we list on is a paid-for, premium font. We do have a Free Fonts section where we list free fonts that you can download. There is no point trying to find a free download of Chicago so please don't waste your time looking.

It is highly unlikely that you'll be able to find Chicago for free. There's a lot of websites that will say "Free Download" but these are just attempts to get you to click on a link which will either take you to an ad landing page or you risk getting viruses on your computer. In the rare occasion that you do find a free download for Chicago remember that it's illegal to use a font if you didn't pay for it!

If you really want Chicago and you want to truly own it the legal and safe way, then click here to visit the download and purchase page on Here you will be able to obtain the proper license. The designer and publisher deserves to be paid for their work, as they have put in the hours and the creativity to produce such an amazing font. Good luck with your purchase and future use of this font. :)