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Chicago Launches “Open Grid” to Help Residents Explore Their Neighborhoods

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology announced today the launch of OpenGrid

A first of its kind website and mobile app that uses open data to let residents search for unique information and events happening around them.

Using OpenGrid, residents can access data that is tailored to their location and needs, such as which city services are delivered on their block, nearby street closures, city activities happening in their communities, and more.

Over the past four years, Chicago has led in the publishing of data, leveraging the City of Chicago’s Data Portal to make city data available to all residents. With OpenGrid, the City is making that data even more user-friendly. It allows residents to learn more about their communities, and encourages communities to add their own data and civic developers to enhance the capabilities of the app, all to engage and serve the city’s diverse neighborhoods. For example, a community group can use OpenGrid to determine when and where best to organize an event based on OpenGrid’s ability to show active building permits, street closures, and more

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