What a year

Last December, ChicagoNow was just an idea.

Now it is a living, breathing website that is home to 154 blogs and thousands of users. We're on track to hit 8 million pageviews this month, and our radio show on WGN 720 is getting its groove.

ChicagoNow has exceeded everyone's expectations, including our own. As always, we thank you for supporting our community.

Still, we can and we will make improvements to ChicagoNow.
Several people have asked for better navigation and search
functionality. Last month, we redesigned the navigation to include
section fronts. We think it was a good first step in surfacing more
blogs and content, but we'll continue to work on the issue.

In November, we launched our first neighborhood blog--Lincoln Park Now.
Journalists Molly Horan and Jenn Klock are setting the bar high for the
dozens of neighborhood blogs we're planning to launch in 2010. Among
those is Austin Now, which will be run by journalism students at Columbia College thanks to a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

Finally,
we are testing our "Community Blog." This feature will let registered
users post their own content across the site. We hope to launch it in
beta form early next year.

If you have ideas for new features or think we need to improve something, we'd like to hear them from you. You can email us at staff@chicagonow.com or leave us a comment here.

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  • Agreed! Would love to be able to have readers post photos to a communal scrapbook and/or in the comments.

  • Will there be a Chicago Now IPhone application?

  • Congrats on all the milestones this year has brought. I look forward to seeing where ChicagoNow goes in 2010.

  • chicagonow is today and tomorrow...congratulations!

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