These subscriptions are worth the extra emails: eNewsletters we love

If you’re not spending your morning with a cup of coffee and these newsletters, you’re doing it wrong. While we don’t always have time to pick up a physical newspaper or scan through twitter to stay on top of the days’ happenings, a trusty virtual newsletter is always within reach. These top newsletters are best enjoyed on the train or in line at a coffee shop, wherever, for a quick update.



Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 9.52.03 AMAll you need to know about startup industry events is in CEC’s newsletter. With updates on 1871 and community events, CEC gives you the rundown of what’s going on in the industry from Talks @1871 to award nights. It also features a new startup each week and give summaries of upcoming CEC events.










Very Short List
Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 10.06.27 AMIf you don’t have time to sift through your Twitter feed to read up on the day’s most talked-about links or articles, subscribe to VSL. The site sends daily “very short lists” of links that focus on a different topic each day. Topics include culture, food and tech and are curated by a different contributor each day.











Now I Know
Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 2.21.56 PMNow I Know is kind of like a fact-a-day calendar. Each day you’ll get an email containing an off-beat article. This makes for a great pre-work mental warm-up and could probably prep you for your next trivia night.









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This daily newsletter makes your life a bit easier with each email. From productivity apps to worthwhile services, Netted provides some of the best online tools for a happier and more productive day.









Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 11.36.04 AMThis weekly newsletter sends you .net’s top articles on web design. This is a great subscription for those of you who don’t have time to search through .net Magazine’s website for articles.










Crain’s Chicago Business

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 12.55.39 PMIf you work in Chicago, knowing the latest business news is pretty important. The daily newsletter sends out a “Morning 10” list each day, just in time to read before getting off the train. In addition, Crain’s also sends out breaking news stories throughout the day so you’ll never miss a beat.










Our staff also added their favorite picks to the mix:

Adam Kois, Motion Graphics – Greyscalegorilla 

“I subscribe to’s newsletter only because he sends out promotions when he comes out with a new product to buy early and for a discounted price using promo codes. He also doesn’t bombard you all the time. Honestly, only newsletter that doesn’t go instantly into the trash.”

Dan Sosedoff, Sr. Software Engineer – Heroku, Dotcloud, Travis-CI, Rackspace, Amazon

“Lots of developer-oriented websites have a newsletter with a summary of their new changes or improvements. Sometimes its hard to keep track of what’s new in their product. Newsletters give you a clear idea.”

Jon Wheeler, Developer – Thoughtbot

“Thoughtbot has an interesting newsletter where they discuss workflows/ tools, etc. that they have been experimenting with and how they’ve worked out for the company.”

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