Tag: ChicagoNow

ChicagoNow's best posts of March, 2013

Top 10 posts of the month, in no particular order: Art In Its Own Terms: From Cave Walls to Cell Phones Cook’s County: Urban Stories of Food and Life: Dear Chicago Tribune, I’m not sure Barbara Byrd Bennett is listening, will you? Creativity Connects Chicago: When Did you realize that you wanted to express your creativity? Feminist... Read more »

Mashable, Poynter recognize ChicagoNow

Yesterday Mashable, in partnership with the Poynter Institute, named ChicagoNow one of “5 innovative websites that could reshape the news.” The announcement was a surprise to us and we are honored to be listed alongside WikiLeaks, Everyblock, Spot.Us and Fwix. As I wrote on TribNation, ChicagoNow has come a very long way in a short... Read more »

ChicagoNow planned outage

ChicagoNow is going to be offline starting at 9 p.m. tonight. We expect it to be down for several hours but back up well before morning. This is being done in part because of a server migration but also in preparation for the launch of our new home page/navigation software that will likely take place... Read more »

Introducing ChicagoNow Labs

We launched a new kind of blog today. It’s called ChicagoNow Labs. Hopefully it will serve as an incubator of ideas for ChicagoNow and as a platform for journalism students across Chicagoland. Here’s what I wrote about the blog on its about page: ChicagoNow Labs is a platform for area student journalists to learn about,... 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 »

ChicagoNow Ad Campaign

At ChicagoNow, our goal is to get people talking about local topics and issues. We do this with our thought-provoking stories, photos and video, but also with our latest ad campaign. On city trains, buses and bus shelters we’ve plastered some interesting quotes inspired by ChicagoNow blogs to try and spark some conversations. We also... Read more »

Bloggers Wanted

At ChicagoNow, we’re always looking for new bloggers to add to our network. If you have a blog to suggest, please email us at staff@chicagonow.com. For us, a great blog is:     * Chicagoland-centric    * Focused around a specific topic or topics    * Written in a strong and unique voice    * Updated at least every... Read more »

ChicagoNow Launches 100th Blog: What Would Alpana Drink?

It’s a big day for ChicagoNow. Today we welcome our 100th blog: What Would Alpana Drink? Alpana Singh, the master sommelier and host of “Check Please” joins ChicagoNow to talk wine with a local twist. Alpana was also a featured blogger at last night’s Blogapalooza. The bash at 900 North Michigan Avenue featured more than... Read more »

ChicagoNow status - Wednesday Evening

We’re getting some scattered reports of users receiving error pages when they comment or try to sign up for user accounts. We’re looking into what’s causing the problem, but it seems to be intermittent and your comments and registrations are going through. Reloading the page usually works and will show your comment on the page.... Read more »

ChicagoNow update: Sights seen and site scene

Watching the site come together so quickly is a pretty wild experience for all of us working on ChicagoNow. But it is an even bigger kick to watch ChicagoNow come to life in person. That’s what happens when our bloggers get together. And that’s what happened Thursday night as we marked our second full month... Read more »