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To our readers: A bigger Sunday paper — and a change in how we’re pricing it

After more than four years of charging only $2 for the Sunday paper in the city and suburbs at newsstands, we’re increasing the price to $3. Our weekday and Saturday papers will remain $1, the same price they’ve been since 2013.

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Starting next Sunday, Sept. 13, your Sunday Sun-Times will be thicker: We’ll begin inserting the nation’s premier weekly entertainment magazine, Parade, into our Sunday editions and also will expand our nation-world coverage, giving readers broader looks at everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the Nov. 3 presidential election.

This additional content — along with the trusted regional journalism you’ve come to expect — doesn’t come without significant investments on our end.

So, after more than four years of charging only $2 for the Sunday paper in the city and suburbs at newsstands, we’re increasing that price to $3. Our weekday and Saturday papers will remain $1, the same price they’ve been since 2013.

Don’t want to pay the extra dollar on Sundays? Subscribe.

We’re offering a variety of affordable plans to get the Sun-Times delivered to your door, including Sunday-only home delivery for just $1 a week. To see other subscription offers, including seven-day and four-day delivery plans, go to suntimes.com/value or call (888) 848-4637 and use the promo code “value.”

Beginning Sept. 13, Parade magazine will be included in the Sunday Sun-Times.
Beginning Sept. 13, Parade magazine will be included in the Sunday Sun-Times.

When it comes to single-copy price increases, we’re proud to say we’ve run behind our competition. The Chicago Tribune recently upped its Sunday newspaper price from $4 to $5, while the Daily Herald charges $3 — the same as what we’ll begin charging in a week.

And whether it’s weekdays, Saturday or Sunday, we see ourselves as the best value in the region in light of the depth and breadth of local news we provide, including recently expanded coverage of social justice and income-inequity issues, as well as business and the environment. On the lighter side, let’s not forget about Richard Roeper’s takes on movies, TV shows and pop culture, as well as Sports Saturday, our must-read Saturday edition for in-depth analysis of the teams and athletes — from preps to the pros — that make Chicago the best sports town in the country.

We’ve told you before that these are tough times in newspapering, even before the pandemic. Five Illinois daily newspapers have stopped printing Sunday editions this year, according to the Illinois Press Association. Eight other newspapers or media companies throughout the state have shut down altogether.

But thanks to you, our readers, we continue to not only provide the news and information you need, but we’re providing you with more of it. That extra buck on Sunday — or a subscription that brings us to your door regularly — goes a long way toward keeping that information flowing.

Sincerely,

Nykia Wright, CEO
Chris Fusco, Executive Editor