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1946–1949 1949–1953 1953 1953–1956 1956–1959 1959–1965
1946–1949 1949–1953 1953 1953–1956 1956–1959 1959–1965
1965–1972 1967–1972 1972–1973 1973 1973–1974 1974–1975
1965–1972 1967–1972 1972–1973 1973 1973–1974 1974–1975
1975–1987 1987-1991 1991-1995 1995-1997 1997–2001 2001–2002
1975–1987 1987-1991 1991-1995 1995-1997 1997–2001 2001–2002
2002–2016 2016–2023 2023–2024 2024–present
2002–2016 2016–2023 2023–2024 2024–present

WBKB-TV[]

1946–1949[]

WBKB-TV4 (1946)

WBBM-TV traces its history to 1940, when Balaban and Katz, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, signed on experimental station W9XBK, the first all-electronic television facility in Chicago. On September 6, 1946, the station received a commercial license as WBKB (for Balaban and Katz Broadcasting) on VHF channel 4, becoming the first commercial station located outside the Eastern Time Zone; it was also the sixth commercial TV station in the United States, behind WNBT (now WNBC), WCBW (now WCBS-TV), WABD (now WNYW) all in New York City; WRGB in Schenectady, New York; and WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia.

1949–1953[]

WBKB-TV4 (1949)

WBBM-TV[]

1953[]

WBBM (1953)

On April 25, 1953, United Paramount Theaters merged with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), which already owned WENR-TV (channel 7). As the newly merged entity could not keep both stations since FCC regulations forbade the common ownership of two television stations licensed to the same market, WBKB was sold to CBS for $6.75 million. Back on February 12, one day after the merger was finalized, the station changed its call letters to WBBM-TV, after WBBM radio (AM 780 and FM 96.3), which CBS had owned since 1929. The WBKB call letters were subsequently assumed by channel 7 (that station would eventually change its callsign to WLS-TV in 1968, and the callsign now resides at a CBS-affiliated station in Alpena, Michigan).

1953–1956[]

Wbbm1953

On July 5 of the same year, WBBM-TV moved to Channel 2 in order to alleviate interference with WHBF-TV in Quad Cities, and WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee which six days later moved from Channel 3, concluding the transmission of Chicago's channel 4.

1956–1959[]

CBSWBBM2logo1950

1959–1965[]

Logopedia InfoWhite LOGO MISSING

1965–1967[]

Logopedia InfoWhite LOGO MISSING

1967–1972[]

WBBM - 1967

1972–1973[]

WBBM-TV logo 1972

1973[]

WBBM - 1973

1973–1974[]

WBBM 1973

1974–1975[]

WBBM 1974

1975–1987[]

WBBM - 1975

1987–1995[]

2 in Chicago Skyline

1987–1989[]

WBBM-TV 1988

1989–1991[]

WBBM-TV 1991

1991–1995[]

WBBM 1992

1995–1997[]

WBBM 2.1

1997–2002[]

1997–2001[]

WBBM 1

In May 1997, along with it’s sister station WCBS-TV in New York City and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, this logo was rebranded to “CBS 2 Chicago”. This logo once appeared on Mr C/The Slide Man's Cha Cha Slide.

2001–2002[]

WBBM 2000 1

This logo is similar to the one used by WNCN at the time.

2002–2024[]

2002–2016[]

WBBM CBS2 logo

2016–2023[]

WBBM CBS 2 2016

2023–2024[]

WBBM CBS 2 2023

2024–present[]

CBS Chicago logo

Initially only used on the website since 2022, it later became the main logo along with the launch of the new set and the rebranding of its newscasts as CBS News Chicago on July 8, 2024.

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