ChicagoNow is a new Web site. We think of it as an online town square where we talk about the real Chicago with each other.
There is more to Chicago than deep-dish pizza, long winters and corrupt politics. We know that Chicago is the city that gave the world a president and may host the world in 2016. It is home to brilliant artists and thinkers, theaters and restaurants, pro and amateur sports.
We wanted to do this new Chicago justice on the Web, to create a place where Chicagoans can connect with others who share their interests–and also with those who don’t. Who doesn’t like a heated discussion?
To create this online community, we recruited experts in specific
Chicago topics. Some already had successful blogs and they brought
their blogs over to ChicagoNow. Some of them pitched an idea to us and
we let them run with it. A few didn’t know what a blog was until we
explained it to them.
CTA, Chicago Public Schools, fashion, yoga, hip hop, religion, politics
cooking and every pro Chicago sports team. New blogs are being added
weekly and we’re always looking for suggestions. Have an idea for a
blog? Email us at email@example.com.
on ChicagoNow. It’s free and takes less than two minutes. Once
you’re registered, you can comment on any of our blogs. To see what we
expect of our users, check out our Community Guidelines and our
Comments Policy. We also hold our bloggers to certain standards, which
are listed in our Blogger Guidelines.
Don’t know where to begin? The ChicagoNow homepage is a good place to
start. Our staff keeps it fresh around the clock with content that
compliments the day’s headlines and local events. Looking for a
particular blog? You can search our index of blogs on the “Our Blogs”
page. Or if you already like a certain blog post, scroll down to the
bottom and see what similar blogs we recommend.
If you have more questions, check out our FAQ
page that tells you more about what ChicagoNow is, how to use the site
and where we are going next. You can also follow along with our latest
developments right here on our staff blog. For more about who the
ChicagoNow staff is, read our bios.
We’re constantly making improvements to the site and we know it’s not perfect yet–then again, what community is perfect?
In the months ahead, we will add a community blog so users can submit
their own blog posts, photos and videos directly to the site.
Meantime, if you do find a technical problem or want to suggest an improvement let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your feedback is always welcome.
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