Best of Chicago Voting Ends at Noon Today


From Amber Nettles, SVP of Growth & Strategy 
Alert! Best of Chicago voting ends at noon today.  Your votes determine the winners!  I’ve been with the Reader since 2020, and had worked on many “Best of” campaigns with other organizations over the years. The Reader’s is my favorite, partly because I see and hear about its impact frequently. At Paper Machete a few weeks ago, Best of Chicago was mentioned by Jill Hopkins during her performance, speaking about the recently passed Lin Brehmer. Hopkins spoked about losing Best of Chicago to Brehmer, and it was a poignant, funny detail within a beautiful tribute to a radio legend. It’s always an honor to hear the Reader mentioned in that way, highlighting how it’s been a piece of Chicago history for so long. And with our new editor in chief and our new publisher on board, I’m looking forward to seeing THEM excited about the Best of Chicago issue (and event) that we’re planning.
P.S.: Our first Windy City Times insert of the year is in our Feb. 23 issue, and there’s still time to reserve space in that issue (or lock in super low rates for all four quarterly inserts!). “For more than 35 years, Windy City Times has presented a weekly reflection of life in Chicago’s LGBT community, a printed product that has followed the path of the gay rights movement and adapted to a changing media landscape.” (From the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame)

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