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New Swag Alert! And How To Donate A Block Club Membership

Posted by Block Club Chicago (Creator)

Happy Tuesday to my favorite people! 

This morning, we are incredibly excited to announce some NEW SWAG and a new donation level for Block Club Chicago members! Proving once again that Chicagoans are the very best, several of you asked for a way to gift or donate a BCC subscription to someone who can't afford one. Well, now you can!

If you pledge $175, you'll not only get a Block Club Extra membership and another membership to gift or donate, but you'll get a special edition Block Club shirt designed by renowned Chicago artist JC Rivera. Plus a tote and a postcard. Just select the "Good Vibes Package" on our page. 

The exact design is in the works, but trust that it will be awesome like the rest of his work:

Ok, here's how this will work. If you pledge at this level, you'll get your personal Extra membership when the site is live this spring. You'll also get an option: either gift the other subscription to someone you know or donate it to the Block Club Chicago sponsored membership list. Those interested in a free membership can sign up here, and sponsored memberships will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

We love this idea, because while we believe the news should be accessible to everyone, we also realize that it's impossible to sustain the quality of reporting we want to offer without turning to reader support. That said, most breaking news will not be behind a paywall and we will offer a metered system allowing users to read a set amount of stories per month for free.

Oh, and one more thing! If you already gave more than $175, you will be receiving all the stuff included in this gift! You can also increase your pledge amount if you're feeling generous as we reach the Kickstarter finish line!

A special thanks to backers Katie Knish, Abbey, Rachael Scholten, Laura Rupp, Mary Colleran, Laura Staugaitis for this incredible idea. And a HUGE thanks to JC Rivera for sharing the gift of his art with the Block Club Chicago family.

Oh! Two more things: We'll be doing a Kickstarter Live right here at 1 p.m.! So come say hi! Or join us tomorrow at 11 a.m. for our Reddit AMA here. 

Thank you for everything, dear ones. 


xo Jen + Team Block Club Chi


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