Chicago Now is a new site featuring a network of blogs “connecting passionate experts on a wide range of uniquely Chicago topics” that the Chicago Tribune will be launching this summer. You can see a preview of the site and homepage here.
On Poynter.org, Will Sullivan writes, “Editorial Director Tracy Schmidt described as “Huffington Post meets Facebook for Chicago” at an SND Chicago meetup two weeks ago… Tribune‘s promo video for the site outlines plans that involve expanding to at least 80 blogs by the end of 2009. The site, which was built on the Moveable Type blogging platform, is targeted to take market share from Google, Yahoo! and the Chicago editions of The Huffington Post and ESPN.”