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Look Chicago!

Dedicated to promoting awareness and educating the City of Chicago to the dangers of car doors.  Cyclists, drivers, tourists, children and pedestrians all play a part in making our city streets safe against Dooring crashes.  Our mission is reaching out to everyone to prevent Dooring crashes and fatalities.

Location: Chicago
Members: 44
Latest Activity: Mar 7

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Will LOOK Chicago come to Evanston for a big street event? 5 Replies

On Sunday, September 1st, my group Walk 'n' Roll is planning an exciting event we're calling Shared Streets. We will use two open blocks…Continue

Started by Natalie Watson. Last reply by Natalie Watson Aug 14, 2013.

Wins & Success 4 Replies

Let's share our good news between meetings here.

Started by KatieP. Last reply by Thunder Snow Jun 14, 2013.

Great Anti Dooring Material 5 Replies

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Started by Aaron Bussey. Last reply by Thunder Snow Mar 15, 2013.

Dooring Crash Informational Material 1 Reply

Hey all,We talked about this at our first meeting, but I dont remember what the responses were.  Does anyone have a contact for where we can get our hands on some literature?I would like to organize…Continue

Started by Aaron Bussey. Last reply by Brendan Kevenides Feb 25, 2013.

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Comment by Andronymous on March 7, 2014 at 2:46pm

AA uses naked cyclist to launch #thinkbikes wing-mirror campaign

 See the video: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/aa-uses-naked-cyclist-to-launch-th...

Comment by buddaa38 on February 13, 2014 at 11:09pm
Hey Katie, can we get together & talk about what you guys are trying to do. Busy this Sat. But Sunday is open for Marlene & I. Could do brunch over this if that's cool with you & Aaron. Thanks -Tony
Comment by KatieP on February 12, 2014 at 12:24pm

Hi all - I hope I can help, too. Steve - thanks again for the generosity.

I had been in talks with Todd at Break the Gridlock - he had mentioned that as part of the Break the Gridlock organizations we can get support for hosted websites and financial processing, in case of donations. Kevin - if you want any help or background insights on this, let me know. 

As for fees, the first year we incurred some due to the bike light program and website hosting (Aaron and I paid for this with some help from Chicago Conservation Corps), flyers (paid for primarily by Freeman Kevenides Law Firm and Steve's first donation). We currently have approximately 800 flyers in stock for spring time (and hopefully auto show) flyering. Other than potentially getting a banner for events, we are pretty cost efficient right now. I'm sorry I've been remiss on the transparency for funding and that I don't have exact information at the moment. 

Comment by Thunder Snow on February 11, 2014 at 10:39pm

First of all, SteveI--THANK YOU for your terrific contribution.  I'm still holding your uncashed check as I've been afraid to cash it, as "Look Chicago" is still an unofficial group rather than an official incorporated charity.  I tried setting up a Look Chicago bank account twice and got refused by a bank & a credit union.  Each time I've researched setting us up as a 501c3 I run into all kinds of registration fees and what not--there must be a way to set up the group properly without spending what we have on fees?  Thanks Kevin & Lisa for your guidance and help: legal and corporate matters are outside my experience.  I haven't talked to the Break the Gridlock folks directly, but last I heard there were some complications with us funneling funds through them.

Comment by Kevin C on February 11, 2014 at 4:45pm

Look Chicago is identified as a Member Organization of Break the Gridlock. I'm unsure if they signed a fiscal agency agreement, but I'll find out.

Comment by SteveI on February 11, 2014 at 3:56pm

Hi all - thanks for the kind words - no tax deduction was expected so if you would like me to pay a company directly for flyers, or other promotional material I could do that too.  Just don't ask me to fill potholes!

Comment by Lisa Curcio 4.1 mi on February 11, 2014 at 2:59pm

Isn't Look Chicago part of Break the Gridlock?  Have you looked into using it as a fiscal agent to handle money and get the tax deduction to donors?

Comment by Thunder Snow on February 11, 2014 at 2:52pm

Just a reminder that I'm still in possession of $100 that was generously contributed by Steven K Irwin (709 61st St, Des Moines, IA 50312-1227).  Suggestions for putting the money to good use are welcome--more flyer cards, a booth banner, Look spoke cards or bike stickers or something we haven't yet considered?  Also, any experienced legal help in cheaply getting Look Chicago incorporated as an official 501c3 charity would be greatly appreciated, so we can properly get tax credits to Mr. Irwin, Brendan K. and other generous contributors.  I've been trying to learn how to do this but it seems beyond me--it seems you need to register with the state, then the federal government/IRS.  I tried opening an account in the Look Chicago name both at my credit union and at Citibank to deposit a check, and neither would do so until we incorporated as a "dba" (doing business as).  Help?

Comment by KatieP on November 20, 2013 at 3:44pm

Two other outreach ideas:

1. Breweries - we need to figure out if we can get coasters in breweries, and then design some rad ones. If anyone is interested in helping to work on this, let me know!

2. Auto shops - Not sure if this is doable, but I'd love to see if we could get the dooring flyers in community areas in auto shops. If anyone is willing to explore this idea, let me know!

Comment by KatieP on November 20, 2013 at 3:41pm

Great find, Bedno!

Some notes on upcoming dates:

Montrose Cyclocross - December 7th. We weren't able to finalize a booth but it could be good to have some flyering around there. Is anyone available to attend?

Chicago Winter Bike Swap - January 18th. Aaron & I can be there to work the booth. Anyone else interested? If so, let me know and we can coordinate travel closer to the date.

Chicagoland bike swap - word on the street is something will happen on February 15th. I'd LOVE for us to have a presence here. Would anyone be available to work a booth?

Chicago auto show - February 16th - we could flyer in the parking lot

 

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