Wednesday, February 29, 2012

An introduction to the new Bleader

Posted By on 02.29.12 at 09:22 AM

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If you're reading this and it's March 2012 (or alternately, it's February 29, 2012; damn leap years), then welcome to the new home of the Bleader. As you can tell from the name of this blog, our stay at Portmanteaus Anonymous didn't work out. We tried to come up with a title even more stupendous, but our impulse to mash "Blog" and "Reader" together was too great. Be thankful we didn't go with "The Rog."

We think the new Bleader will be easy to navigate, so we won't spend a lot of time going on and on about it. If, however, you encounter bugs or want to lob constructive criticism our way, please speak up by commenting on this post.

A few pointers: at the top of this page, you'll notice a row of tabs with words like "All," "News," "Arts," and so on. The purpose of these tabs is to filter the content of our blog to better guide you to what you're looking for. While the blog is intended to be read as a general-interest publication, you can also read it as a politics, arts and culture, food and drink, film, or music and nightlife blog, depending on your mood.

If you haven't been closely following the Bleader until now, or if this is your first time here, we have some recent features you may want to check out. Every weekday morning by 8 AM, and at other points throughout the week, we publish segments in a series called "Variations on a Theme," in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. The theme sometimes ties in to the previous week's issue, like our current theme, Pinball Week, which spins off of Miles Raymer's feature story last week about the Stern Pinball factory—one of only two in existence. We also provide, every weekday at noon, the 12 O'Clock track, an MP3 hand-picked by our music critics.

If you look around, you'll notice more newness elsewhere on ChicagoReader.com. Some of that is outlined in a letter from our editor, Mara Shalhoup. The rest, well, you can roam around and see for yourself. Thanks for stopping by.

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A tour of the new ChicagoReader.com

A tour of the new ChicagoReader.com

By Tal Rosenberg and Mara Shalhoup

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