The results are in . . . This summer we hosted a button design contest, in partnership with Busy Beaver Button Co., celebrating five decades of the Reader being Chicago’s go-to alternative media source. Here are the winning designs chosen by the Reader community to be a part of our 50th anniversary button pack. Thanks […]
A daily dip into the stacks, leading up to our 50th anniversary in October
Tufting their way through the pandemic
The music ads in the Reader’s very first issues add context—and curiosities—that the stories alone can’t provide.
Popular Chicago rockers Ritz lost a Polygram deal in 1989 and broke up without releasing any music at all.
Bad Axe got a regular gig thanks to Rahm Emanuel’s mom and a belated vinyl release thanks to Permanent Records.
Go easy on the 70s kitsch at this spendy West Loop spot.
Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins and Chic-a-Go-Go.
In a new book, Chicago historian and Nation writer Rick Perlstein continues to chart America’s rightward shift.
Forty years later, the man behind the first gay country record teams up with a former Chicagoan to reach out to another marginalized population.
Justin Broadrick of Godflesh talks drum machines, Crass, and 80s hip-hop with producer Sanford Parker.
The scoop on Vyto B, the eclectic enigma behind First Chips and Tricentennial 2076—straight from the man himself
The second track off of Impossible Truth, the sophomore album from the instrumental guitarist, who plays at the Hideout Fri 4/26.
Our year-end review continues with Jean-Luc Godard’s Film Socialisme.