EveryBlock Chicago

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Did you know? In addition to public records, the continually updated news feed for every block (really, every one) includes such useful things as a Lost & Found, block party press releases, and bike rack installations. Search by address, zip or neighborhood and you’ll likely start to feel connected to your community in a different sort of way:

See, it doesn’t have to all be about crime rates and locations (but you’ll find all of that, too). Every Block is offered in a number of cities nationwide