This change has been a long time coming, and we’re really just getting started. (Read: Yes, there are some things missing from the new site. Yes, we’re working on it. Yes, we’d still love to hear from you if you find a gap or have feedback for us!) 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.
I also want to thank the team at Newspack, a WordPress initiative for small to midsized publishers, for your dedication to us underdogs. And, last but not least, thank you to Reader digital director John Dunlevy, and to everyone who makes us who we are.
The look and feel of chicagoreader.com has changed, but the
Reader’s commitment to independent, alternative, impactful journalism has not. Welcome in, we hope you’ll stay awhile.