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Which places should I follow?

You should follow the neighborhoods and blocks you care about. If the neighborhoods we list don't match up exactly with the area of the city you care about, you should draw your own custom location.

Make a custom location to collect news from exactly the right area.

When you follow a block, you'll see messages from around that block and from the neighborhoods and ZIPs that contain it. When you follow a neighborhood, you'll see messages from that neighborhood and the blocks within.

To search for places in Chicago, visit your account page.

Finding places nearby

Visit this page to see a list of all neighborhoods near the places you already follow. By following more neighborhoods, you'll see a larger collection of local information on your homepage, in your digest and on the app.

Top Nearby Posts

When you read news on your homepage or on the iOS app, you'll see a few items with the Top Nearby Post label. These are messages and events that were posted outside the bounds of your followed places, but have gotten a lot of attention from neighbors, and which might be of interest to you. If see a post that you're interested in, click the star icon to subscribe; after that, you'll be emailed about all new comments.

Interesting posts from nearby areas will appear like this on your homepage.

You'll also see a collection of the day or week's best nearby posts at the bottom of your digest email.

Follow or unfollow a place

To remove followed places, you can go directly to the place page and hover over the “following” button. This will allow you to unfollow the place completely or just remove it from your EveryBlock email or homepage.

You can also remove or add places by clicking on the account menu in the top-right corner of the page, and select Followed places.

  1. After hovering over the "following" button on a place page, the unfollow button will appear.
  2. Choose "Manage your settings" from the account.
  3. Click on "Places" in the menu on the right or at the top of the screen if you're on a mobile device.
  4. From this page, you can search for a place, unfollow places you follow, or choose whether a place you follow appears in your digest email.