Great! We have created an expanded menu to help you find your way around Chicago and Friends. The menu items have a ton of info - no menu diving necessary!
Complete Facebook integration. Check out the Share tab to Like us on Facebook, send friends messages or contact us. Click the Share tab to tuck it in. Neat, huh :-) And when you are done checking us out, post to Comment.
Chicago newbe? These are the menu tabs for you. Tour will take you to amazing slideshows of Chicago neighborhoods. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show! Find will help you locate a neighborhood on a map. So you know where it is. And Learn has all the neighborhoods. Just click one to go to its profile page. Easy peasy.
Why become a member? To build a community and retain privacy. Simple, straight-forward connections to neighbors without opening your Facebook life to everyone.
Sign in and take a tour as a member. Simply click the sign In button above. Yes . . . it is that easy. You will be signed in as Jacque Demo, our demonstration persona.
You can use the member navigation to manage everything, find new neighbors and groups, view requests and see your own neighborhood - your groups, your neighbors and your neighborhood. (Well . . . actually Jacque Demo's neighborhood, but you get the idea!) When you sign in, the member navigation will appear below as chunky squares.
Explore the member site! Click each of the chunky square menu items and see what a connected neighborhood looks like. See how to make your neighborhood a community. And your community a neighborhood.
Chicago is a city with seventy-seven unique neighborhoods. Each has fascinating people and distinctive homes. Whether best friends or newcomers, Chicagoans treat neighbors like family.
Chicago is bounded to the east by Lake Michigan. The adjacent lakefront and parks are natural treasures: massive white sand beaches, nature preserves and plenty of people watching.
Chicago hosts several major professional sports teams: Bulls, Cubs, Blackhawks and the White Sox. The city also provides facilities for "weekend warriors" ranging from golf to soccer.
Chicago is home to over seven hundred schools, including theUniversity of Chicago. Study hard and perhaps you too can be taught by a Nobel Prize winner. Or a future US President!
Clubs, concerts, Lyric Opera, Muti, Joffrey, award-winning restaurants, friendly bars! Plus family- friendly entertainment. There is enough fun in Chicago for everyone to do it all!
Chicagoans know how to break loose over the weekends. The lakefront is teaming with marathon trainers, parents pushing strollers as they jog, tennis players, soccer teams and more!
There are over two hundred neighborhoods and seventy-seven communities in Chicago! We have tried to make it easy for you to find a neighborhood. If you have an address, the best method of finding the neighborhood quickly and easily is to use the Google Map below. Just enter the address in the box - it has "Chicago, Illinois" in it at present, but you can easily change it to your address. After you enter the address, just press the Click button and Google Maps will take you to your address. Once there, you might have to zoom out a little to find the name of the neighborhood. It will be nearby. BTW - Use the minus sign in the lefthand corner of the map to zoom out. When you have the name of the neighborhood, you can learn more about it or sign in using Facebook and start building your neighborhood community. As part of the community you can start a petition, plan a block party or work to green the common areas. Wherever your imagination - or necessity - takes you.
You can find a geolocation (the point on the map) by entering an address in the search box or by searching using the zoom in and zoom out buttons. The directional arrows work well too. Google Maps can also be moved using your curser. If you want to center the map, press the Click button with "Chicago, Illinois" in the address box. After you enter the address, just press the Click button and Google Maps will take you to your address. Once there, you might have to zoom in or zoom out a little to find the name of the neighborhood. It will be nearby. Use the plus/minus sign icon boxes in the lefthand corner of the map to zoom. To find a neighborhood using Google Maps, click here!
Google Earth is for explorers! The controls are a bit more sophisticated than Google Maps, and you will have to roll over them to see them more clearly. Experiment by moving your curser around. Try the zoom in and zoom out buttons. Once you have mastered the controls start searching for a neighborhood by looking for landmarks and street signs. Left click your mouse, and a marker will popup with the name of the neighborhood. Parenthetically, most new computers have Google Earth already installed. If you do not have it on your machine, you can download it for free from Google Earth. To find a neighborhood using Google Earth, click here!
Do you want to know more about Chicago? Each neighborhood has its own character - the people and places that make a neighborhood feel like home or a fascinating place to visit. Learn about a neighborhood by clicking one from the list.
|Back of the Yards|
|Cottage Grove Heights|
|East Garfield Park|
|Fulton River District|
|Greater Grand Crossing|
|Heart of Chicago|
|Jackson Park Highlands|
|Lake View East|
|Le Claire Courts|
|Lower West Side|
|Near North Side|
|Near South Side|
|Old Irving Park|
|Old Town Triangle|
|Prairie Avenue Historic District|
|Schorsch Forest View|
|Stony Island Park|
|The Gold Coast|
|The Polish Village|
|West Garfield Park|
|West Morgan Park|
|West Rogers Park|
Through Chicago and Friends members can get to know their neighborhood and neighbors. They can work to improve their communities, start initiatives, work with city services to fix problems . . . or simply make friends. They learn about the people and places in their communities, and they contribute to the public face of their neighborhood. They can support their neighborhoods through events. They can be proactive, reach out, create green initiatives. Or they can simply throw a party!
Do you want to become more active in your community, but you do not know where to start? Check out the neighborhood groups. If you do not see a group that you like â€“ start your own. Chicago and Friends provides the communication tools to get your group noticed in Facebook and Chicago and Friends while protecting your privacy. Learn about your neighborhood - become a member of Chicago and Friends.
Chicago and Friends provides a URL for each group. Groups can be private or public. Groups can have their own Facebook page or Facebook group. Neighbors can connect to the Facebook groups and receive status updates without distributing their other Facebook activity to their neighbors. So members can use the Facebook newsfeeds to reach their neighbors when they want and on their own terms. Privacy and connectivity.
Each neighborhood in Chicago is like a separate small town. And yet it can be hard to connect. Large social media websites are terrific to connect with close friends and family, but you can lose some of your privacy in the process. Chicago and Friends is an interface between the tremendous network Facebook has built and maintaining your privacy
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