City Bureau is committed to local media that involves the public at every step of the process.

The Press Club gives us the resources to grow sustainably, independently and—most importantly—to be accountable to you, our readers, supporters and neighbors.

Members of the Press Club are more than donors—your contribution represents a shared commitment to reimagining local journalism. As a Press Club member, you'll get to offer feedback at the earliest stages of our projects, see behind-the-scenes updates on all of our stories and access special workshops. With your support, we're able to keep our core programming free and open to the public.

**UPDATE 10/6/2017** We are excited to announce that, due to the generous contributions of NewsMatch, all donations between now and December 31 to City Bureau will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000—double your contribution today!


Same price as Netflix, but for a stronger democracy

What you get:

  • Access to our quarterly Press Club newsletter, including annotated articles and reporters’ blogs. Get an inside look at how stories are researched, produced and distributed to our audiences.
  • A pack of 5 postcards with photographs from City Bureau photojournalists.


Help fund a month’s worth of our Public Newsroom

What you get:

  • Everything included in Bronze Membership.
  • Swag! Get your choice of a City Bureau T-shirt or mug.
  • Access to special members-only workshops throughout the year.
  • Your second ticket to the Soap Box Ball is free (for memberships before Nov. 2 only).


Help our Documenters cover public meetings every month

What you get:

  • Everything included in Bronze and Silver Memberships.
  • More swag! Get your choice of a City Bureau hoodie or tote bag.
  • A beautifully designed book of our photography and work mailed directly to your home annually. It's our annual report—made with you in mind.

At City Bureau, we make sure every dollar goes toward supporting equitable, representational journalism in Chicago and beyond. Contribute $1 to support our independent newsroom or $2,500 to sponsor a City Bureau reporting fellow.

We value your contribution at any amount.