Jubilation! We’ve Reached Our $50K Goal and Will Reboot Tomorrow

This is how we feel right now. Photo: John Greenfield

I’ve got some excellent news for folks who are passionate about building a Chicago where everyone can get around safely, efficiently, and enjoyably. Thanks to generous contributions from readers like you, ad sponsorships, and a couple of large, last-minute donations from a foundation and a nonprofit, we are now well past out $50K fundraising goal. That means we will win the $25K grant from the Chicago Community Trust that will allow us to resume publication bright-and-early tomorrow!

We’ll have more details, including the grand tally for our three-month fundraising campaign, as well as shout-outs to key supporters, in a full post tomorrow morning. If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet but would still like to help out, we’re still accepting donations to the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund. Revenue received over our basic $75K annual budget will be used to make SBC’s sustainable transportation reporting as effective as possible.

Thanks to all of our readers for your support and encouragement as we’ve hustled to relaunch the site over the last three months. We couldn’t have done it without you!

– John

  • Eli N


  • Thanks Eli!

  • ohsweetnothing

    Great news! Let’s (not have to) do it again next year! haha

  • Thanks OSN! That would be great. The extra money that came in means we’ll have a little less to raise for next year. I plan do some grant writing in 2015 so that we’re largely funded by a few big sources, rather than a zillion smaller ones, in 2016. Reader donations will still be important, but that should give us more breathing room.

  • R.A. Stewart

    Very glad to see this. Congratulations!

  • Thanks RAS!

  • Brian

    Great to see you guys back. I’ve missed your content and of course tormenting you.

  • CL

    Congratulations! Awesome news. I’m looking forward to reading the articles again. There hasn’t really been a substitute for in-depth coverage of Chicago transportation issues.

  • Yay!!!

  • Thanks for your help with this Angie!

  • Clark Wellington

    Congrats, John! Now let’s make sure SBC stays up!

  • Neil Clingerman


  • oogernomicon

    Congrats, John! I’m excited to see the blog return. Sorely needed voice in Chicago.

  • Jim Angrabright


  • faanbiennee

    Congrats! I suggest you do a story on everything bad that happened while you were gone, it seems like there were a LOT more accidents than normal involving pedestrians and cars.

  • ThisManIsRight

    great to hear!

  • Thanks Clark! It’s going to be an ongoing funding process. Of course, donations for the Streetsblog Chicago Resurrection Fund are always welcome: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=R7EVMLHZPR4R8 But we’ll have to come up with a catchy new name for the fund, now that the site is already resurrected.

  • Thanks a lot Neil!

  • Thanks Jim!

  • Thanks a lot! We definitely feel we fill an important niche as a daily transportation news source.

  • Thanks! Very good idea. I’ve been keeping track of these cases and will definitely do a roundup soon.

  • Thanks TMIR!

  • faanbiennee

    Great, thanks! Missed this site

  • R.A. Stewart

    I suppose Streetsblog Chicago Ascension Fund would be in poor taste. Anyway we don’t want you to ascend but to stay here with us.


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The Chicago Community Trust is a charitable foundation dedicated to improving the Chicago Region through strategic grant making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy. In keeping with their mission, last year they generously offered Streetsblog Chicago a $25K challenge grant so that we could reboot our website and continue advocating for better transportation options for Chicagoland. Readers, […]

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