Migrating to WordPress and modernizing the site is part of the Reader’s grand plan to keep being free and freaky for another 50 years. We couldn’t do it without you, and I want to thank everyone who’s supported us during our transition to nonprofit and our ongoing struggle—like everyone else—to successfully weather the upheavals of the last 18 months.
Some of my best friends are stoners. In high school in the suburbs, my overlapping social circles included high-achieving kids who were high . . . a lot. They came to class high, took the ACTs high (and got better scores than I did), and giggled from the passenger side of my 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit […]
On the violence, sadness, and hope of 2020
Essays on the hopes and horrors of returning to “normal”
How are Black writers coping? We’re chanting, fact-checking history, and envisioning a tiny future.
What staying at home has taught us about our city and ourselves
Because Amazon is gonna be just fine.
How does the Reader cover the coronavirus? It’s a question we started asking ourselves late last week as the city and state stepped up their responses—and the cancellation, postponement, and closure notices started pouring in from the entities we love most. What would signature Reader coverage of a global pandemic look like? And what role […]
How Chicagoans, from creatives to nonprofit staff, are being affected by the novel coronavirus—and what we can all do to help
We’re all winners.
Classes and workshops cover music, dance, film, theater, and more
Forty-eight years ago this week, the first issue of the Reader hit the streets, introducing Chicago to an irreverent alternative to the daily newspapers, nightly newscasts, and radio broadcasts that defined the journalism landscape at the time. Launched by a group of friends from Carleton College, the Reader proclaimed itself “Chicago’s Free Weekly.” That first […]
The West Loop spot is a locally owned oasis in a growing sea of chains.
Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
The current book obsessions of Reader digital managing editor Karen Hawkins and author, visual artist, and educator Xandria Phillips.