In honor of the 176th year of the establishment of the City of Chicago, Chicago.com, Inc. is announcing a multi-year partnership with the Chicago Tribune Media Group to bring hundreds of thousands of dotChicago Domain Names and @Chicago email identities to market in three auction phases. Registration for initial bidding started on April 23, 2013, and closes on June 25, 2013.
“It is a pleasure to announce our partnership with the Tribune, the largest media organization in Chicagoland, to get the word out about our product offerings,” said Josh Metnick, CEO of Chicago.com. “Chicagoans can now upgrade their Yahoo!, Gmail, Hotmail and AOL email address to get an exciting new Chicago.com email address, without needing to change their existing email provider. Additionally, we are proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the domain name auctions to benefit A Better Chicago.”
“We see tremendous opportunity in offering Chicago.com’s innovative products to our loyal readers and users,” says Bill Adee, Vice President of Digital Development and Operations at Chicago Tribune Media Group. “Now, everyone can own a small, digital piece of the greatest city in the world, while benefiting from a simple, memorable email address or website URL.”
With a Chicago region MSA of approximately 10 million individuals, and nearly 1 million businesses, Chicago.com is partnering with the largest Domain Name auction platform in the world – Pool.com – to provide the transactional infrastructure to manage the auctions. A significant number of famous Chicagoans and well-known Chicago companies have already purchased their names.
About the Auctions: Phase One release, ending June 25, will open for the bidding of 573 assorted high demand personal names and business categories. Phases Two and Three will expand the available inventory of names later this Fall. To learn more about the upcoming auction and how to register and reserve your name, visit https://identity.chicago.com.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE MEDIA GROUP (CTMG) is a media and business services company that publishes the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune. CTMG also produces related print and interactive media serving Chicagoland like RedEye, Hoy, Chicago Magazine, Naperville Magazine, TribLocal, The Mash, chicagotribune.com, chicagonow.com and metromix.com. Reaching 4.8 million adults each week in the greater Chicago area, CTMG is the leading news and information destination in Chicagoland.
CHICAGO.COM is a corporation based in Chicago and founded in 2002, initially with the mission of helping Chicagoland’s 10 million residents and 50 million+ visitors per year discover things to do. In February of 2012, Chicago.com launched its @Chicagosm and dotChicagosm products, allowing for open registration of email identities and Chicago.com domain names to Chicagoans, non-Chicagoans, and Chicago area businesses and organizations.
A BETTER CHICAGO enables people and companies who are passionate about our community to invest in a group of extraordinary nonprofits that are creating opportunity for our region’s low-income population. Led by our board, staff and partners, A Better Chicago is a collection of talented professionals, advocates and leaders who are committed to building a better Chicago for everyone. For more info visit http://abetterchicago.org.