Surprise-a-palooza: "Write about something you’ve done in your life that still really makes you cringe"

On the last Wednesday every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which a topic unknown to the bloggers is sent out at a specific time and with the goal of publishing one hour from the time the topic is received. But we tried something different today and sent out a... Read more »

Blogapalooz-Hour XLVI: “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?”

On the last Wednesday every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which at a specific time a topic unknown to the bloggers is sent out. Whoever decides to partake must conceive, write and then publish a post exactly one hour later. The July, 2017 topic: “What fictional character (or characters)... Read more »

ChicagoNow's best posts of June, 2017

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of over 1,000 posts published during the month of June, here are the 10 judged to be the best. Thanks to everybody who created and submitted posts, and congratulations to the winners! To go back and read the last six... Read more »
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ChicagoNow's best gallery posts: June, 2017

<strong>Between Us Parents</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2017/06/advice-for-teens-2/#image/1">Life is hard: Advice for teens in exactly 3 words</a></b>
Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best photo gallery blog posts. Here are the three judged to be the best photo gallery posts of June, 2017. Thanks to everybody who created galleries, and congratulations to the winners!

Blogapalooz-Hour XLV: "Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse"

On one Wednesday every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which at a specific time a topic unknown to the bloggers is sent out. Whoever decides to partake must conceive, write and then publish a post exactly one hour later. The June, 2017 topic: “Write about a decision you made that changed... Read more »

ChicagoNow's best gallery posts: May, 2017

<strong>Looking for the Good</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/look-good/2017/05/seven-steps-to-a-good-selfie/#image/1">Seven Steps to a Good “Selfie”</a></b>
Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best photo gallery blog posts. Here are the three judged to be the best photo gallery posts of May, 2017. Thanks to everybody who created galleries, and congratulations to the winners!
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ChicagoNow's best post of May, 2017

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of over 1,000 posts published during the month of May, here are the 10 judged to be the best. Thanks to everybody who created and submitted posts, and congratulations to the winners! To go back and read the last nearly... Read more »

Blogapalooz-Hour XLIV: "Write about something you hate to use or rely on but can't do without"

On one Wednesday every month ChicagoNow bloggers participate in “Blogapalooz-Hour,” an optional writing exercise in which at a specific time a topic unknown to the bloggers is sent out. Whoever decides to partake must conceive, write and then publish a post exactly one hour later. The May, 2017 topic: “Write about something you hate to use or... Read more »

ChicagoNow’s best gallery posts: April, 2017

<strong>Neighborland</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/neighborland/2017/04/ai-weiwei-at-chicagos-museum-of-contemporary-photography-slideshow/#image/1">Ai Weiwei at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography: Slideshow</a></b>
Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best photo gallery blog posts. Here are the three judged to be the best photo gallery posts of April, 2017. Thanks to everybody who created galleries, and congratulations to the winners!
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ChicagoNow's best posts of April, 2017

Each month, ChicagoNow holds a contest to select the best blog posts throughout ChicagoNow. Out of over 1,000 posts published during the month of April, here are the 10 judged to be the best. Thanks to everybody who created and submitted posts, and congratulations to the winners! To go back and read the last nearly... Read more »