Buttons Up! A button design contest presented by the Reader in partnership with Busy Beaver Button Co. Chicago Reader 50th Anniversary button pack! Five winners (one per decade) will receive: $100, customized stickers from Busy Beaver Button Co., and a profile in the Reader

The results are in . . .

Here are the winning designs chosen by the Reader community to be a part of our 50th anniversary button pack, in partnership with Busy Beaver Button Co., this fall.

Thanks to all who participated and voted!


1970’s

“Red Stratocaster”
by Spencer
IG: @discountyakuza


1980’s

Reader Mixtape”
by Otis Richardson
IG: @lavenderpop


1990’s

“90’s Chicago Reader
by Zach Bartz
IG: @ImZachBartz


2000’s

“Generation”
by Mishipiku


2010’s

“2016-2019? Fuck that.”
by Sickngross
IG: @sickngross


Each winner will receive $100, a customized sticker run from Busy Beaver Button Co., and a profile in the Reader. For the selected artists, this is an opportunity to have their work appreciated by all of Chicago!

In partnership with

Busy Beaver Button Co. • Since 1995 • 26 years and going strong