We just found this great blog: Neighbors Project, which includes a strong focus on living well in Chicago. Dating back to August '06, the blog has been going strong ever since, focusing on the big question: "How should I live in this world?" The writers/neighbors cover everything from neighbor noise in apartment living to neighbors taking it to the streets (registering voters, joining community groups, and city/countrywide news on issues of gentrification and tenants rights).
The first post we found: a couple who got married in their backyard, and then held the reception on the street as part of a block party. Street wedding reception and some of our other favorite posts and ideas below: