In celebration of the Chicago Reader’s 50th anniversary, we’re giving back to the people that got us here. Every day for 50 days, we’ll be selecting a winner to receive a new prize from one of Chicago’s best establishments. We’ll have concert tickets, theatre tickets, gift certificates to popular restaurants and retailers, and more.

Every Reader Revolution member will be automatically entered to win, no matter what giving level you’re at. Becoming a member is the best way for you to support the Reader for the long haul—and each level comes with its own exclusive perks and benefits for you. 

Reader Rebel:
Give $5 a month

$5/month member benefits

  • Take a bow: Your name will be listed, in print and online, in a special annual “thank you” edition of the Chicago Reader.
  • Find out first: You’ll receive an advance PDF copy of every issue of the Reader.

Reader Radical:
Give $10 a month

$10/month member benefits

  • Go behind the scenes: Once a month, you’ll receive an exclusive, insider update, written by your favorite reporters, on what’s going on behind the scenes at the Reader, and what’s coming up next.
  • All of the Reader Rebel benefits above

Reader Rabble-Rouser:
Give $25 a month

$25/month member benefits

  • Get your swag on: Get quarterly discounts on Reader swag—10% off everything available at our store, chicagoreader.com/store.
  • All of the Reader Radical benefits above

Reader Revolutionary:
Give $50 a month

$50/month member benefits

  • Home delivery: We’ll mail every issue of the Reader straight to your door as soon as it’s released—you’ll never miss an issue again.
  • Pick three: Your choice of three free items from the Reader store—choose from “Talk Chicago to Me” t-shirt, Reader hat, Reader mug, or “Best of Chicago” poster
  • All of the Reader Rabble-Rouser benefits above

Don’t want to commit to a monthly contribution yet? Give a one-time donation here. A donation of any size helps the Chicago Reader continue publishing.


Abbreviated Rules 50 Days of Reader Giving Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE, DONATION, OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. Sweepstakes runs from 12:01 am CT on 10/1/21 to 11:59 pm CT on 11/20/21. Entrants must be at least age of majority in jurisdiction of residence & legal resident of 50 US or DC. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. 2 ways to enter: Reader Revolution members automatically entered or send email with 50 Days of Reader Giving in subject line & your name, home address, phone # & email address by email to development@chicagoreader.com. Limit 1 entry per person for the entire duration of the Sweepstakes. Odds depend on # of elig. entries per day. 1 prize per day. List of prizes & Official Rules at chicagoreader.com/50-days-rules. Sponsor: Reader Institue for Community Journalism, 2930 S. Michigan Ave., Ste 102, Chicago, IL 60616. 

Official List of Prizes

Official Contest Rules & How to Enter

*As a 501(c)(3), your donation to the Reader Institute for Community Journalism, publisher of the Chicago Reader, is 100% tax-deductible and supports free, alternative reporting by and for Chicagoans.