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Give Local 2021: How To Support Block Club This Holiday Season

We rounded up the ways you can help Block Club Chicago, whether it be by subscribing, nabbing one of our T-shirts or just spreading the word.

Alex Garcia

CHICAGO — This season, you can give the gift of local news.

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom covering the city’s neighborhoods. We started in 2018 and have expanded — thanks to help from our readers.

Since our start, Block Club has expanded its staff to 17 full-time journalists, and they’ve written more than 14,000 stories from across Chicago. We’ve launched a weekly podcast that highlights good news in the city. We created an award-winning, free, bilingual coronavirus hotline to answer readers’ questions during the pandemic.

Our work speaks for itself: Our hotline has helped Chicagoans get vaccinated and tested, allowing them to stay safe during the pandemic. Our investigations at Loretto Hospital showed how precious vaccine doses meant for vulnerable people instead went to ineligible folks Downtown. Our reports have even changed state law, banning anti-Black hair discrimination in schools.

We want to keep doing this work and to expand to more neighborhoods so we can tell more stories.

Block Club is 70 percent funded by readers — which means your support is vital.

Here’s how you can support our nonprofit newsroom for the holidays:

Subscribe Or Buy A Gift Subscription

The single most powerful way you can help Block Club is by subscribing. Your membership will directly fund our nonprofit neighborhood newsroom, allowing us to keep telling the city’s stories — and expand.

You can subscribe for a full year or on a monthly basis. Members get unlimited access to Block Club’s stories, plus they can sign up for our twice-weekly neighborhood newsletters.

Want to gift a subscription for the holidays? A Block Club subscription makes for a perfect present — and it’ll never arrive late!

Subscribe to Block Club.

Gift a Block Club Subscription.

Donate

Already a member? The next-best way you can help Block Club is through a donation! Every dollar you donate goes directly back into our newsroom, helping fund our reporting. And donations are tax deductible.

Block Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Donate to Block Club.

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Buy Our Merch

Block Club sells shirts, totes, hats and even art prints with designs inspired by the city.

Looking for the perfect gift for a loved one? You can nab them a Chicago is for Lovebirds super soft T-shirt. It pays tribute to the city’s beloved piping plovers, Monty and Rose. We have prints back in stock, too!

Need a hat to keep the sun out of your face when the Sox and Cubs are back this spring? You can grab a Block Club cap in black, navy, olive, pink or maroon.

We also just rolled out new Chicago-Style is Party Cut long-sleeve shirts and totes.

The shop is restocked with more designs and apparel options, so check back for updates.

Check out Block Club’s online shop.

Sign Up For Our Newsletters

Our subscribers get exclusive access to twice-weekly newsletters from our neighborhood reporters. They feature stories about your neighborhood, a letter from your area’s reporter and other perks, like roundups of area events.

Here’s how to sign up for our neighborhood newsletters.

Listen To Our Podcast (And Rate It!)

Block Club’s weekly podcast, “It’s All Good,” shares all the best news stories from Chicago. Host Jon Hansen interviews reporters and Chicagoans featured in our stories, and he shares news from nonprofits and neighbors.

The best part: Listening and sharing our episodes is completely free! You can also help Block Club by rating the podcast.

Listen to “It’s All Good” here.

Follow Block Club On Social Media

Follow Block Club on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get updates on our stories and photos from around Chicago. Sharing our posts also helps more people learn about our work.

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Spread The Word

One of the most powerful ways you can help Block Club grow is by spreading the word about our work and our mission!

If you read a story, please share it on social media. If you get our newsletters, forward them to friends and family who might be interested.

This ensures more people learn about our stories and our newsroom’s goal of providing nonpartisan neighborhood news.

Get A Group Subscription

A discounted group account can be paid by a single administrator and offered to multiple people in your organization. It’s an inexpensive way to keep up with what’s happening in your neighborhood and to share a bond with your teammates.

It’s simple to get started. Just send a note to subscribe@blockclubchi.org and let us know how many people would like access. We’ll get right back to you with a subscription package and price.

Get a Group Subscription.

Send In News Tips

Know of a new business in your area? Have an amazing neighbor who hasn’t gotten enough attention?

Email your story tip to newsroom@BlockClubChi.org. We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to cover every story, but your tips help us stay informed on neighborhood news!

Block Club Chicago’s staff.

Subscribe to Block Club Chicago, an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Click here to support Block Club with a tax-deductible donation. 

Thanks for subscribing to Block Club Chicago, an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. Click here to support Block Club with a tax-deductible donation.

Listen to “It’s All Good: A Block Club Chicago Podcast” here: