Merchandise celebrating the first fifty years of the Reader
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.
Our fearless leader Karen Hawkins was honored with Public Narrative’s Studs Terkel Award—meanwhile the entire team earned bragging rights at the Local Media Association and Peter Lisagor Awards.
We are gathering information about charities and nonprofits for our upcoming Nonprofit Issue in November 2021, online guide, as well as future projects and partnerships. Please fill out this form for possible future inclusion in print and online listings.
Forty-three independent Chicago-area media outlets have joined forces to raise funds in a month-long campaign launching May 12, 2021. The for-profit and nonprofit organizations represent a wide cross-section of community media in the city and nearby suburbs.
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Tracy Baim, publisher for the past two years, will now be co-publisher alongside Karen Hawkins, who has been co-editor in chief with Sujay Kumar since 2019.
The Reader brought home some AAN Awards.
Adam M. Rhodes fills the yearlong position made possible by grant funding from the Field Foundation.
Don’t miss the newest Chicago Reader “Best of” book, a collection of pieces from more than two decades of work by senior writer Mike Sula: An Invasion of Gastronomic Proportions: My Adventures With Chicago Animals, Human and Otherwise.
CHICAGO—The Chicago Reader has announced that the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation will serve as the newspaper’s fiscal sponsor as it goes through the process to become a full 501(c)3 nonprofit. The Reader, an L3C company founded in 1971, publishes a biweekly newspaper serving the city and suburbs, plus daily content online and on social […]
Best of Chicago Reader, Volume 1
The Chicago Reader is raising funds to get through the COVID-19 crisis through a wide range of special projects. Their latest is a book filled with dozens of activities for those 21+, including coloring book pages, recipes from well-known chefs, mind-melting puzzles by canna gurus, and activities by acclaimed poets and artists. Stoned: The Chicago […]
The Chicago Reader has published a coloring book to raise funds for the paper and the artists who contributed drawings to the effort. The 52-page Reader Coloring Book is available in both PDF download and limited-edition print form. More than 50 local artists contributed an amazing mix of illustrations, from legendary people (Gwendolyn Brooks, Frankie Knuckles, […]