CHICAGO, IL — Patch has earned a reputation for being one of the most informative, up-to-date places to find news and events happening in Chicago. Part of that is our great editors and the relationships we have built in our community. But the other part is the valuable content our contributors upload to Patch.

Chicago locals know more about their neighborhood than anyone else. As a member of that community, we want to let you in on what you can do as a registered Patch user.

All you have to do to get started is sign up for a Patch account. Once you’re Patched in, here’s how you can contribute to your Patch community:

Share Neighborhood News

If it’s happening in Chicago, Patch wants to know about it. Registered users can share local news, photos, videos and more by posting announcements on Patch. Whether you’re looking for a lost dog, looking to sell a piece of furniture, or hosting a fundraiser, you can announce it on Patch. You can even choose to share a Patch announcement to nearby Patches—like Lincoln Park and Wicker Park—along with your own if you’re looking to reach a wider audience.

Post an article on Patch

Invite The Community To An Event

Have you checked out the Patch calendar? This is the place to find out what’s happening in Chicago, and registered Patch users can post as many events as they’d like. There is no limit. This is an awesome place for local churches, PTAs and Choir Boosters to post all their events. It’s the best way to get the word out about an upcoming event so members of your community can attend.

Post an event on the Patch calendar

List A Job

If you’re hiring for a full-time, part-time or seasonal position, posting your job listing to Patch will definitely get it seen by potential applicants. Unlike those big, anonymous job sites with listings from all over, the Patch Job Board only shows job openings in your area.

Post a job listing on Patch

Promote Your Posts To Get The Word Out

Want to guarantee you’re the talk of the town? You can feature any one of your posts on Patch to get more eyes on it. Patch featured events, announcements and jobs posts are an affordable and easy way to promote your posts to your neighbors and to residents of nearby towns.

Sign up for a Patch account to get started

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