Welcome to Chicago Ideas Week 2015

via the Chicago Ideas Week Facebook Page.

A host of critically-acclaimed innovators and leaders from around the World will gather in Chicago this October to share their expertise at the fifth-annual Chicago Ideas Week (CIW).

Events will be held October 12-18, 2015 at various venues across the City of Chicago and give attendees an opportunity to engage, learn, and celebrate curiosity.

The 160+ events will be comprised of talks, conversations, and labs sessions to choose from.

CIW Talks range in topics from Creative Process, Politics, and Entrepreneurship and are typically 90-minutes in length with a handful of speakers leading each presentation.

CIW Conversations are an hour-long and are led by fewer presenters about contemporary topics. Conversations also allow time for audience Q&A following the presentation.

CIW Labs are smaller, more intimate sessions which; “take you behind-the-scenes at Chicago organizations including IDEO, Ignite Glass, Lifeway Foods, Millennium Park and more,” according to the CIW website.

For a full rundown of the event and speaker information you can check out the full schedule of events. Click through to the specific event’s page to purchase tickets directly.

Stay up to speed on the Chicago Ideas Week updates on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Announcing the EveryBlock Map App

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Ever wish you could browse through news, info and local events happening around you right this second? We recently introduced EveryBlock Map, a free and open mobile app that takes EveryBlock content and delivers it to you based on your current location.

This week we finalized the app for Android specifically, but download your preferred version at one of the links below:

The app is powered by City Maps and makes it easy to see and stay connected with what is happening around you. See where news, neighborhood talk, crime, business reviews, 311 service requests or other activities taking place.

And as always, if you have any issues using the app, shoot us a note.


Embeddable Content, Now in Your Timeline!

You’ve probably noticed some gradual changes as we work to introduce new features on EveryBlock. Today we’re taking a giant leap forward.

Gone are the days of extra clicks! Now, when you post a shareable link to EveryBlock, we’ll automatically pull any photo, video or audio from the link and display it directly on the timeline.

This update will also change the way content from the web is brought in to your timeline.

So how do you share?
It’s simple. Paste the link to a YouTube or Vimeo video, Soundcloud file or any other article and we’ll take care of the rest like so:

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Once you click post, the update will go out and allow neighbors to view, listen or watch without leaving the site. See?

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Take a peek at what a shared link from Soundcloud looks like:

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Oh, and are you a publisher on the site? We’ll be handling your content with the same tender care as always and share only the shareable. Neighbors will still be directed back to your site for full articles.

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Try it out! And stay tuned here as we roll out more new features down the road.

PS – Interested in how we’ve implemented the change? Check out the tools from embed.ly here.

EveryBlock Search now Better than Ever

We now use Google Custom Search functionality on EveryBlock.com, making your search experience much more powerful. Results for the topics, names, places and phrases you enter in our search box are gathered instantly from across all the different news and location content sources that have been featured on our site — not just neighbor messages — since EveryBlock launched in 2008.EBsearch

And you can filter your search results by relevance or date order. Plus, your search results now display in a user-friendly “page list” format of article snippets from which to choose.

Upcoming improvements to EveryBlock search will include additional options that will allow you to filter your searches by location, author, category and date range, to name a few. So stay tuned, we’ll give you a heads-up here, each time we roll out more new enhancements.

New ways to react to content on EveryBlock

We’ve made some changes to the way you can react to posts and comments, and report Un-Neighborly content on EveryBlock. These changes will be implemented on Friday, May 15th.

Reacting to Posts

At the bottom of a post, you’ll see the react button, the reactions count and a face representing the average of all reactions to the piece of content.


Click the button to open a pop up, click any of the faces you feel matches your feeling towards that post. You will see the reactions count to the right of the button increase by one and it is possible that the face may change to reflect your vote


Reacting to Comments

To express your opinion about a comment, click the “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” icons below each comment. If you agree or like a comment, click Thumbs Up, if you disagree with a comment, click Thumbs Down. (You’ll notice that the Un-Neighborly button is no longer under each comment/post.)


Please note that the Thumbs Down button is merely to disagree with a post, and will not be sent to our moderation team. If you want to flag something as Un-Neighborly, read on.

Reporting content as Un-Neighborly

As you can see, we’ve removed the Un-Neighborly button from posts and comments. Now, to report content as Un-Neighborly, click on the gear icon on the right side of every post or comment.


When you click “Report this post as Un-Neighborly” you’ll be taken to a screen to select the reason for reporting. Un-Neighborly comments must be a violation of our community guidelines, such as a copyright violation.


Please note that if you merely disagree with someone’s opinion, please use the Thumbs Down button as described above.

EveryBlock’s API featured in INTXHack

On May 2nd and 3rd in Chicago, the EveryBlock API will be featured at INTXHACK, a 24-hour hackathon competition taking place in conjunction with INTX that challenges developers to create apps-from-scratch using the latest APIs, tools, data and content from a huge list of today’s leading tech, media and entertainment companies.

In partnership with Comcast/NBC Universal, Gracenote and more than a dozen other technology partners, INTXHACK will be held from May 2-3, 2015 at 1871, Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital start-ups. Finalists will be showcased in a special INTX exhibit to thousands of media, entertainment and investment executives from May 5-7. The live finals judging will take place May 6.

What You Need to Know About INTXHACK:

What: A 24-hour hackathon creating new, innovative ways to produce, present and experience TV, movies, games and other digital entertainment
When: May 2-3, 2015
Where: 1871 at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
How: Participation is free, click here to register.

EveryBlock now available in Evanston, Oak Park, River Forest

We’ve just launched EveryBlock in three more cities in Illinois: Evanston, Oak Park and River Forest.

The Chicago Tribune wrote a piece on the launch, as did the Chicago Business Journal.

In Evanston, we’ve drawn a custom location of the Northwestern campus.

We look forward to serving all three communities!