Journalism and Police Accountability: Perspectives from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Torture Justice Center
Watch the Newberry Library virtual event from January 19, 2022
The reporting is an icon of the paper’s journalism, but John Conroy wonders what it actually accomplished.
An archive of articles by John Conroy on police torture, Jon Burge, and related issues
A Chicago Reader archival exhibition hosted by the Newberry Library, from Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Saturday, March 5, 2022
Looking back 50 years to the closing of the Union Stockyards
The Reader’s current music writer surveys all 50 years of the paper’s coverage and reports back.
A look back at the love stories that started in the pages of the Reader, no swiping necessary
The True years (great editors, pt. II)
A longtime critic and former editor provides the missing context.
An incomplete look at 50 years of Reader theater and dance coverage
On whiteness, journalism, and leading the most diverse staff in Reader history
Most people remember Sally Banes for her prodigious dance writing, but she was the paper’s prodigious chowhound first.
A groovy button pack celebrating five decades of the Reader.
Celebrate the Reader in style. Every purchase from our store supports independent media.
We are celebrating 50 years of the Reader, and your support will ensure another 50 years.
My 25 years shooting for the Reader
The history of the Reader reflects the larger history of newspaper publishing in the United States. This timeline traces the paper’s changing fortunes over the course of a half-century.
A reflection on how LGBTQ+ issues, subjects, and writers have appeared on the paper’s pages over the last five decades.