Archive for 2009

Stuff Those Holiday Stockings with ChicagoNow Merchandise

Because gift cards say “I just didn’t try that hard this year,” check out the ChicagoNow online store for some thoughtful Chicago-themed gifts. Give a conversation-starting t-shirt, poster or other item that is sure to make your family gatherings more joyful. You can also find logo merchandise from some of your favorite ChicagoNow blogs. Is... Read more »

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,... Read more »

Congrats to Muhammad Saleem, nominated to Top 100 Online Marketers list

We knew he was smart. It’s about time everyone else recognized it. Muhammad Saleem, ChicagoNow’s director of Social Media, is in the running to be named one of the Top 100 Online Marketers of 2009.  Muhammad, or Mu as we call him, joined ChicagoNow in August for our official launch. Thanks to his hard work... Read more »

ChicagoNow Says Thank You

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the staff of ChicagoNow wants to thank each of you for joining our community. Without you, our early successes would not have been possible. Since the site launched this summer, more than 4.4 million people have visited ChicagoNow. Together our bloggers have posted more than 25,000 entries. Our registered users... Read more »

Talk back to ChicagoNow on WGN Radio 720

Mare Swallow of Etiquette Bitch talks with host Bill Leff during ChicagoNow Radio’s inaugural show. Last week was the launch of ChicagoNow Radio, our radio show that airs Saturday mornings on WGN Radio 720. It was a shorter show but a great one. Joe the Cop, Jay Cutler Superstar, Etiquette Bitch, and the CTA Tattler... Read more »

ChicagoNow Radio to air on WGN Radio 720, starting this Saturday

A few weeks ago, WGN Radio 720  asked us if we wanted to do a radio show with them. We said yes–because really, who turns down one of the nation’s greatest radio stations? ChicagoNow Radio, a new kind of talk show for Chicago, launches this Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Most weeks the show... Read more »

Congratulations to ChicagoNow's Emmy winners!

Three ChicagoNow bloggers took home top prizes last weekend when the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hosted the Midwest Emmy’s. David Kaplan (Kap’s Corner) is the host of Chicago Tribune Live, which won for “Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programs – Conversation/Interview Single Program or Program Series.” Billy Dec (A... Read more »

ChicagoNow partners with Columbia College on hyperlocal site

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Columbia College to launch a hyperlocal community news site serving Austin, a neighborhood on Chicago’s far west side. The web site, which will be hosted on ChicagoNow, will feature news about Austin that is gathered by its residents and Columbia’s journalism students. Columbia’s students will also... Read more »

ChicagoNow Swag

Today we launched our very own online store powered by Zazzle where you can purchase swag such as t-shirts, buttons and stickers from your favorite ChicagoNow blogs. Feel free to customize merchandise by changing the design or adding your own–just hit the “customize it” button and have some fun with it! Keep checking back because... Read more »

Why the Chicago Tribune launched ChicagoNow

This week I am headed to Blog World Expo, the national conference about all things blogging and new media, where I’ll be speaking about ChicagoNow. My colleagues, Social Media Director Muhammad Saleem and Advertising Manager Bob McDonald, will join me. Mu will explain how we’re using social media sites like Facebook, Digg and Twitter to... Read more »