The Civic User Testing Group (CUT Group) is a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test out civic apps.
Fill out a CUT Group profile and sign up to be a tester of civic apps, and we’ll send you a $5 VISA gift card
If and when you are chosen to test a civic app, you get paid a $20 VISA gift card and bus fare.
There is a large and growing community of “civic hackers” in Chicago — technology developers who make websites, mobile apps, and other tools that often have specific use in Chicago. The goal is to make software that helps make lives better in the city.
“Luckily, I’m not offended that a sovereign state is trying to “go in” on the south side. Frankly it’s par for the course. At least the French have the stones to actually say it instead of pretending like we’re all one Chicago.
I’m thrilled that I won’t see them on the Devil in the White City Tour or birdwatching in Osaka Gardens.
Imagine my relief of not having to jostle the French in the buffet line at B.J.’s Market and Bakery during Sunday brunch or worry about seeing banana hammocks while on the beach at the South Shore Cultural Center.
The longtime Lakeview crepe spot, which shuttered in August, is coming back to the original location, Crain’s reports. Ownership originally planned to bring the concept to California but plans changed following the tragic death of their son. Expect the reopening at some point in December.
“The thing I was reminded of most while being back in Chicago was the community of artists I had at my back most times. People willing to call out my shit as much as pat my back. Competitors, but friendly competitors. Like in one of those Upworthy videos where one of the sprinters fall and breaks their ankle and the other sprinters stop the race to help them across the finish line. People standing around bonfires, talking about comedy and storytelling and The Craft over a 3:30AM resin hit. Those kind of people.
People in New York often ask me why I love Chicago so much. Why I would endure the cold, and the buses and the lack of celebrity sightings and secret, invite only warehouse parties over the [insert one of the countless things that makes New York objectively speaking the best city in the world] that is New York. I tell’em it’s the 3:30AM resin hits. They usually stop talking to me after that.”—Chicago, I Love You. — I Hate Joel Kim (via jasmined)