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Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween reads: real-life horror stories from the Reader archive

Posted By on 10.23.17 at 02:29 PM

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  • Parker Bright
  • Attendees from Mad Mobster True Crime & Horror Expo

'Tis the season to temporarily turn away from the horror show in Washington, D.C. With Halloween just around the corner, we've shaken the cobwebs off of a few seasonally appropriate favorites from the Reader archives for your reading pleasure.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

On the cover: Coal's last stand

Posted By on 06.17.16 at 05:30 PM

click image On the cover: design by creative director Paul John Higgins; photo by Getty Images
  • On the cover: design by creative director Paul John Higgins; photo by Getty Images

Read this week's cover story about how the prospect of Illinois coal's demise sparks fear and nostalgia.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

On the cover: An investigation into abuse at Chicago’s acclaimed Profiles Theatre

Posted By on 06.08.16 at 04:47 PM

click image On the cover: design by creative director Paul John Higgins
  • On the cover: design by creative director Paul John Higgins

Read this week's cover story: Profiles Theatre actors and crew members break their two-decade-long silence about mistreatment at the acclaimed storefront theater, in the hopes of protecting workers in non-Equity theaters nationwide.

Have you experienced harassment or abuse as an actor or theater professional in Chicago? E-mail tips@chicagoreader.com.


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Friday, June 3, 2016

Behind the cover art of the Reader's Road Trips and Summer Guide issues

Posted By on 06.03.16 at 01:11 PM

click image On the cover: Illustration by the NBDY Design Co. For more info, go to nobodydesignco.com.
  • On the cover: Illustration by the NBDY Design Co. For more info, go to nobodydesignco.com.

When I started at the Reader in 2009, the Road Trips Issue was known as These Parts, which ran in May a couple of weeks before the Summer Guide. After a print redesign in 2011, we made the decision to roll both issues into one, combining the summery travel stories with the summery lists of things to do. 

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

This week's Reader cover captures the Cambodian generation gap

Posted on 05.26.16 at 06:24 PM

click image On the cover: A Cambodian girl looks at the skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display in Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh in 2005. - AP PHOTO/ANDY EAMES
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  • On the cover: A Cambodian girl looks at the skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display in Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh in 2005.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Volume 45, Number 32

Posted on 05.19.16 at 12:59 PM

click image On the cover: Illustration by the NBDY Design Co. For more info go to nobodydesignco.com.
  • On the cover: Illustration by the NBDY Design Co. For more info go to nobodydesignco.com.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pick up the redesigned Chicago Reader on newsstands today

Posted By on 07.30.15 at 01:45 PM

PHOTO BY ALEX FRIEDLAND; DESIGN BY PAUL JOHN HIGGINS
  • Photo by Alex Friedland; design by Paul John Higgins


Reaching into one of the Reader's bestickered yellow boxes this morning, you may have noticed something different about this week's issue: the paper has been redesigned. 

Every few years, the Reader gets an itch to freshen up what we present every week to you, our dear readers. In 2004, the paper had its Wizard of Oz moment, transitioning to color after three decades in black and white. In 2007, the four-section broadsheet became a tabloid. And in 2011 came the introduction of the B Side "flip."

This week we've scratched the latest itch. The new presentation most conspicuously welcomes the Music section back into the fold—no more pesky flipping required! You'll also notice some other tweaks to the arrangement. Reviews and write-ups of recommended and notable arts and culture happenings—plays, films, exhibits, comedy shows—are now front and center in Agenda. City Life offers dispatches from around town, including favorites like Space and Chicagoans, as well as a best-bet event for every day of the week. As you go deeper, there's more in-depth coverage: political columns, longer pieces on the arts, stories about the city's changing face. The no-longer-segregated Music section, dominated this week by Lollapalooza coverage, is followed by a Food & Drink section that, frankly, has never looked so appetizing. And like any great meal, the paper finishes with dessert: everyone's favorite must-reads—Savage Love, Straight Dope, and Early Warnings—collected toward the back.

Consider this redesign more a makeover than reconstructive surgery. The old advertising slogan holds true in this case: "New look, same great taste." 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

In this week's Reader: For the love of pinball

Posted By on 02.23.12 at 09:00 AM

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In this week's issue of the Reader, Miles Raymer takes us on a tour of the Stern pinball factory, with a look at the company's new AC/DC pinball machine. Check out the bonus video posted at the bottom of the article, along with more supplementary features, which will appear in the near future.

Michael Miner thinks long and hard about the role journalists play when they write about sports.

Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky recall their visit to a charter school and a chat with Juan Rangel, the United Neighborhood Organization's executive director.

In You Are Here, this week's Chicagoan is Melineh Kano, a refugee who runs Refugee One; Josh Garrett shows us his home brewery; and we zoom in on Avondale, specifically the strange, captivating sign above the storefront of Big Smile Dental.

And in Savage Love there's a bathroom-loving boyfriend, a user ex, a woman who might have conned her way into marriage, and a way to make dead Mormons gay.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Starting today on the Bleader: Protest Week

Posted By on 02.20.12 at 07:00 AM

Today begins a new edition of our blog feature "Variations on a Theme," in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it's protest.

Protest Week coincides with this week's cover story, a primer to the forthcoming NATO/G8 summit by Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky. The two reporters examine many aspects of the event, but deal extensively with its anticipated protests. Moreover, they cover the lawsuits that came about as a result of the Iraq War protests in 2003. Though it's these two facets that gave us the idea for our theme, the article investigates many layers of the summit, and is a must read.

And in case you missed it, here's "Regrets Week," last week's "Variations on a Theme."

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

In this week's Reader: Your NATO/G8 primer

Posted By on 02.16.12 at 09:00 AM

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In this week's issue of the Reader, Mick Dumke and Ben Joravsky explore the multiple quandaries that arise from Chicago hosting the G8 summit this spring. You won't believe (or maybe you will) the potential mess we're in.

Deanna Isaacs unearths the Chicago Cultural Plan, which never needed unearthing, and lists the town hall meetings where you can provide input on what a new plan might look like.

In You Are Here, this week's Chicagoan is Aldo Marin, a funeral director who loves sitting in the embalming room; Eric Prahl shows us his Transformers collection; and we zoom in on Goose Island, specifically the Morton Salt Company, with its iconic "umbrella girl."

And in this week's Savage Love, Dan Savage answer some short questions from Alaskans with some curt answers.

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