The Improper Bostonian is a glossy lifestyle guide for the city of Boston. The magazine comes out bi-weekly and reports on the area trends in a young and entertaining way. The magazine is a staple of the city, being free to people inside the city, and $14.95 a year for people who live outside Boston. The magazine covers music, theatre, sports, fashion, personals, shopping and local events.[4]

The magazine also holds or sponsors events in the city ranging from balls to events benefiting the homeless and children.[5]

When it was first published, it was a newsprint tabloid and over time it has changed format, upgrading several times. The Improper Bostonian was founded by Mark Semonian in 1991. His sister, Wendy, is currently the publisher. The publication has belonged to the family of its publisher since its inception.