Popular in Chicago: November 21st


Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening posts of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

How’s your commute going?

Seeking bicycle donations.

Are birdbaths & bird feeders illegal?

My Dog Needs a Taxi.

Places to walk around Lincoln Square.

Speaking of Lincoln…

Have a great weekend everyone!

Popular in Chicago: November 14th


Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Thanksgiving’s coming up: find out where to get Thanksgiving baskets, where to volunteer, and where to go to avoid cooking.

Weigh in: feedback for California El transit.

Neighbor Question: Do you have to pick up fallen leaves?

How to handle abandoned vehicles.

Watch out: needles in Humboldt Park.

Popular in Chicago: November 7th


Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Metra Feedback Opportunity

Thoughts on noisy neighborhoods: what should you do?

Seriously people,pick up after your dog.

Plans for the 71st Grocery Store

Neighbor Poll: How often should recycling be collected?

Note to everyone: no more black trash bags.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Chicago Public High Schools, Students Ready For The Challenge


Chicago Bears offensive lineman Jordan Mills kicked off the “Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge” at Clemente High School last month when he personally challenged 300-plus students in attendance to the semester-long contest. The challenge uses a technology-based platform of games, pop culture, localized information, recognition and rewards to engage and motivate 13- to 19-year-old students to prepare for college.

Through the first month of the challenge, Alcott High School holds a slim lead over Washington High School and three community-based organizations: the Adler Planetarium, Chicago Commons and Street-Level Youth Media. You may visit the full leaderboard by visiting the Get Schooled web site. The top finishers will share $75,000 in available grant money.

Students are able to access the “Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge” via the portal located at www.chicagocityoflearning.org/. Once students are on the portal, they will:

*Click the Get Schooled Challenge box and gain access to educational tools, resources and games.

*Students earn points for each quest they complete and make progress toward earning one of the college-ready badges.

*The students with the most points and badges at the end of the challenge will be invited to a celebration with an “A-list” celebrity in January 2015.

“This is a great challenge that will help motivate students to use technology to work on college entrance exams, college applications and financial aid,” said Kayla Triche, team captain of the Clemente girls volleyball team. “This really will be a motivator to get students to apply and attend college.”

For additional information, make sure you check out the local news coverage of the kickoff event on Comcast News Makers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxAqKNWReg/

More on EveryBlock: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/nov05-chicago-public-high-schools-students-ready-for-the-6492093/

Popular in Chicago: Friday, October 31st


Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening posts this week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Trick or Treating? Here’s what to expect for some neighborhoods: West Town, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Rogers Park.

On another note, recycle your pumpkins tomorrow.

Winter’s coming, so get that heater fixed.

Help a neighbor out: leaves to help cover a community garden.

Have a seat – new benches on Lawrence Ave.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Celebrating The 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows


Congratulations to the 2015 OpenNews Knight-Mozilla Fellows!

We are excited to introduce you to our 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows. This cohort comes from around the world, from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, to spend 10 months hacking the news in some of the best newsrooms around. Meet them now.

Read More: http://opennews.org/

The 5 largest cities in America all have open data policies


As EveryBlock prepares to launch in Houston, the city recently got some attention for implementing an open data policy. There’s a great piece on the Sunlight Foundation website on the policy.

New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago — the three largest cities in the country — and Philadelphia — the fifth-largest city — all had open data policies by the end of 2013. Now, Houston — the fourth-largest city — has joined those ranks on Sept. 18 with an open data policy signed by the mayor.

Houston already has an open data portal with more than 160 datasets spanning a range of topics. The policy aims to help ensure that the city’s more than 2.1 million residents receive timely access to usable data being released online through that portal.

How does Houston’s policy stack up to best practices?

Read more: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/10/15/all-five-of-the-largest-u-s-cities-now-have-open-data-policies/

Making Civic Hacking More Inclusive


This past summer, two Philadelphia coding groups teamed up to offer a summer civic tech fellowship aimed to help increase the number of women in the open source developer community – to successful results.

LeeAnn Kinney works full-time as a developer for a home health care organization in Philadelphia. She has a lot of front end developer skills, but until recently she felt uncomfortable at tech community events. That all changed when she became a fellow in a unique program called “Summer of Open Source” — a Girl Develop It(GDI) and Code for Philly partnership.

Read More: http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2014/10/13/want-to-take-your-brigade-to-the-next-level-develop-it/

Knight Cities Challenge now accepting ideas


What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? How can cities spur talent, opportunity and engagement? The Knight Cities Challenge is open for submissions through November 14th.

The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators – activists, designers, artists, planning professionals, hackers, architects, city officials, companies, educators, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, block captains, social workers, neighbors, anyone – who will take hold of the future of our cities.

From a pool of $5 million we’re awarding grants at the city, neighborhood and block levels – and all sizes in between. No project is too small – so long as the idea is big.

We are looking for fresh ideas that focus on one or more of these three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talented people, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

Read More: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/9/16/knight-cities-challenge-offers-5-million-to-uncover-ideas-to-make-cities-more-successful/

Popular in Chicago: October 10th


Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Winter’s coming – so watch out for unwanted critters. Also, here’s where to find some firewood.

Weigh in: fragrance-free zones.

Moving to Bronzeville: thoughts on the neighborhood?

A plague of locusts in Chicago?

Sidewalks are for people, not automobiles.

Have a good weekend everyone!


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