ChicagoNow Celebrates Its First Birthday

One year ago today, we flipped the switch and held our breath. Would it work?

The answer is a resounding yes.

At launch, ChicagoNow was home to 70 fantastic blogs. Our goal, as we wrote in our staff post,  was to create an authentic, online town square. A place where Chicagoans could talk about the real Chicago.

This video highlights our launch week:


One year later, more than 300 local bloggers call ChicagoNow home. Every day, the bloggers collectively post more than 150 entries to the network. Our users respond with hundreds of comments, retweets and Facebooks posts. And on Saturday morning, our bloggers take to the airwaves on WGN 720’s ChicagoNow Radio.

We’ve also partnered with several media companies, including N’Digo, Today’s Chicago Woman, The Chicago Reporter and Crains Chicago Business.  Both Columbia College and DePaul University‘s journalism students also contribute to the site.

And our site’s success has not gone unnoticed. In May, and The Poynter Institute named ChicagoNow one of “Five Innovative Sites That Could Reshape The News.” ChicagoNow has also inspired several other sites, including the recently launched in Washington, D.C.

Here’s a few photos from the past year:

We can’t say it enough. Thank you.

Thank you to our users, our media partners, our colleagues at Chicago Tribune Media Group, and–most importantly–to our bloggers.

Our site would not be the success that it is without all of your support and hard work.

Here’s to another tremendous year!

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  • Thanks to all our great bloggers and readers for helping ChicagoNow reach our "official" first anniversary! It sure has gone by quickly!

  • Congrats to Chicagonow! Just the fact that readers can affect the experience of people in Chicago by direct interaction with your staff (from the "twitter movie reviews", to "blah, blah bloggers", to a story of the couple traveling the USA through website suggestions who had a ball in Chicago due to the kindness of your staff), this experiment is definitely a hit!

  • I miss the crap out of everyone at ChicagoNow and love the fact that all I have to do is dial back into RSS or cruise the site for the latest and greatest. Happy Birthday to you!!! Happy Birthday to you!!! And many more!!!!!!!

  • Who's the jerk on the right in Picture #35?

  • Rock and/or roll.

  • One year old! New finger!

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