The Chicago Reader has rolled out a new design for its Web site. For the user, there’s an improved navigation system up top & a new emphasis on the blogs that have grown to be an important part of the Reader’s offerings. Above the fold, you get this week’s cover story, the latest blog posts, today’s critics picks, and a list of recommended articles from around the web. On his Chicagoland blog, web editor Whet Moser mentions the redesign is a work in progress, with a number of pages and sections still to be ported over to the new layout. I see it as a big improvement for an organization that was very, very late to embrace the web. There are still a number of financial challenges facing free print publications like the Reader, but moving in this direction will, at the very least, give it a fighting chance.