To keep up with your demand, we are expanding our print run to 60,000. Many Reader boxes including downtown and transit line locations will be restocked on the Wednesday following each issue date.

The Chicago Reader is published in print every other week and distributed to these nearly 1,200 locations:

The latest issue is the issue of September 16, 2021. Download the issue as a free PDF.

The next issue will be the issue of September 30, 2021.

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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 the end of 2021:

  • 9/30/2021
  • 10/14/2021
  • 10/28/2021
  • 11/11/2021
  • 11/25/2021
  • 12/9/2021
  • 12/23/2021

Download the full 2021 editorial calendar is here (PDF). See our information page for advertising opportunities.