Update: This exhibit has been extended through Saturday, March 5, 2022.

In celebrating the Chicago Reader’s 50th anniversary, Newberry Library is hosting an in-person archival exhibition.

From October 6 – March 5, 2022, Reader enthusiasts will have the opportunity to go on a Reader journey, a trip down memory lane from the ’70s to present day. 

This exhibition showcases the Reader’s impact and connection to our city’s evolution over the past five decades. Archival materials from the Reader include John Conroy’s typed 1990 “House of Screams” cover story on police brutality, original art created for the Reader by Lynda Barry, Slug Signorino, and other artists, plus other materials in the library’s collection.

“The Chicago Reader at 50: A half-century of revolutionary storytelling” is open to the public Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM and on display in the Newberry’s Hanson Gallery through Saturday, March 5, 2022.

  • The galleries are open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
  • A face mask is required at all times.
  • No appointments or advance tickets needed. Newberry exhibitions are free and open to all.
“House of Screams” by John Conroy (January 25, 1990)
“What Makes Obama Run” by Hank De Zutter (December 7, 1995)