Best of Chicago ballot & Your 2023


From Amber Nettles, SVP of Growth & Strategy 
It’s my last message to you this year; our office are closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and I’m taking a long-awaited vacation the first week of January. So, here’s the 5 things you need to know:

1. Our final issue of the year is Dec. 22. You can still squeeze in, so long as you’re booked by noon tomorrow. 
2. Best of Chicago nominations are closed, and the voting ballot will launch on Jan. 18. Sponsorships are available, and they offer double the media value compared to cost. We ARE planning a Best of Chicago party (the first since 2019), and details will continue to be shared online, via social, email, and in print. 
3. 2023 yearly campaign plans are in the works, and now is the best time to contact us about locking in the lowest rates possible, as well as premium positions (Pages 3, 5, and back cover, and center spreads).
4. Our
UnGala was a huge success — if you weren’t there, you can check out the photos here. If you were there, you can upload photos on that page to enter to win a limited edition t-shirt!
5. For the first time ever, we’re “officially” seeking
Special Issue sponsors. Our editorial calendar is here, and packages include print and digital tags, premium placements, and more.
See you in 2023!

P.S.And of course, contact us for rates!

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Advertising and Marketing

Plan your 2023 with the Chicago Reader
Lock in low rates for yearlong packages for print and digital
Before you get too busy with the holidays, drop us a line to set up some time, or get a proposal, to lock in low rates for print, digital, email, and social media. Rates are expected to vary in 2023, so now’s the best time to confirm your plan and get the best price and placement for your 2023 campaigns. We ARE offering reservations for premium placements, including center spreads, front page strips, forward spreads (pages 2 & 3), and back covers!
Check out the 2023 calendar here (PDF). Contact us for rates.

The Reader, en español

Sponsors sought to support Spanish translations
To better serve our Spanish-speaking communities, the Reader is now translating and publishing some of its stories into Spanish. We’re seeking sponsors to help underwrite the cost of this endeavor. Sponsorship packages (click here to view) include print and digital tags, as well as additional media placements. Contact us today to partner in this project.

The solution for small business: The Platform
Your business, in every issue
Looking for a way to be in every issue? Get your business or service printed in 60,000 copies across Chicago, every other week, which means that Reader readers never forget your name.
Click here for information. (PDF)

Branded content in 2022
Tell Your Story to our Readers
The Reader loves to work with businesses and individuals with great stories to tell, and we’re happy to discuss the various options for branded content series! For an example, check out
Cityscape, a branded content partnership of the Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago History Museum, and Wrightwood 659, along with the Reader’s architecture coverage. You can also see examples from LaLaMove, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Tourist Office of Spain in Chicago, along with our Bull Horn series (sponsored by Red Bull in 2021) and our Poetry Corner (created in partnership with the Poetry Foundation). Contact us to talk about telling your story!

Top Stories from the Chicago Reader

Last in line
It was a quarter till four in the afternoon, the Monday after Thanksgiving, when a line of wool trench coats and puffy winter jackets appeared at the corner of Clark and Lake. They stood in the cold, wide-eyed first-timers, jaded political operatives, and others almost ambivalent to the custom. MORE

A Chicagoland Christmas
“Why do so many Christmas movies take place in Chicago? Home Alone’s Wet Bandits tore apart the northern suburbs in 1990 while National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation shot some of its establishing shots in the Loop in ’89. Vince Vaughn brought Fred Claus to town 15 years back, while Office Christmas Party found Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and Olivia Munn terrorizing a downtown high-rise back in 2016. MORE

Hey, it’s getting warm in here!
Peter Friederici has a history in these pages. In 1987, the Chicago native—then a recent Northwestern University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and no clear path to a career—got hired as a Reader editorial assistant. He spent two years in that job, working under editors Michael Lenehan and Alison True. Now an established environmental author and a professor at Northern Arizona University, he credits those two years with teaching him how to be a journalist. MORE

2023 Chicago Reader Editorial Calendar

Issue of
December 8-December 21, 2022
Vol. 52, No. 5


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