The Reader is published in print every other week and distributed free to the 1,100 locations on this map (which can also be opened in a separate window or tab). Copies are available free of charge—while supplies last.
The latest issue
The most recent issue is the issue of June 1, 2023. Distribution to locations began this morning, Wednesday, May 31, 2023, and continues through Tuesday, June 1.
Many Reader boxes including downtown and transit line locations are restocked on the Wednesday following each issue date.
The next issue
The next print issue will be the issue of June 1, 2023. Distribution to locations will begin on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.
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Chicago Reader print issue dates
The Chicago Reader is published in print every other week. Issues are dated Thursday. Distribution usually happens Wednesday morning through Thursday night of the issue date. Upcoming print issue dates through June 2023 are:
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