Get the Chicago Reader in print every other weekChicago Readeron September 21, 2022 at 12:49 am

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The latest issue

The issue of September 15, 2022, is out now. It’s the Reader‘s big Fall Theater & Arts Preview special issue. Distribution of print copies to these locations began yesterday morning and will continue through tonight, Thursday, September 15.

Download a free PDF of the print issue.

Next issue

The next print issue will be the issue of September 29.

Distribution map

The Chicago Reader is published in print every other week and distributed free to the 1,100 locations on this map (which can also be opened in a separate window or tab). Copies are available free of charge—while supplies last.

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Chicago Reader 2022 print issue dates

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 December 2022 are:


Download the full 2022 editorial calendar is here (PDF).

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2023 print issue dates

The first print issue in 2023 will be published three weeks after the 12/22/2022 issue, the final issue of 2022. The print issue dates through June 2023 are:



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