Want to be Mayor of Windy City?

September 18, 2011

Chicago has become the first city in the world with its own foursquare City badge, just in time for Social Media Week. Visit specific Chicago real estate, and you can be its mayor.

foursquare is a program in which users “check-in” at different local attractions. Those who check-in the most to one place can earn the title of “mayor” of that place.

Residents who check-in at five out of 20 designated cultural and small business Chicago attractions will receive the “Windy City Badge.”

“I am pleased that Chicago can be the first city to offer a foursquare City badge and participate in this innovative program,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I am committed to leveraging new technologies to celebrate Chicago’s diversity and drive interest in small businesses. This badge and partnership with foursquare will allow Chicagoans and our visitors to discover and share the City’s neighborhood gems and diverse cultural attractions in a new way. ”

Chicago’s Mayor is on foursquare. He will be checking in throughout Chicago communities and will be leaving tips for other users.

Social Media Week is an international event that kicks off on Monday, and Chicago is one of only two United States host cities; Los Angeles is the other. There will be free events around Chicago during the week; visit for a full schedule.

The 20 foursquare locations, chosen to showcase Chicago neighborhoods outside the main tourist areas, are:

*Oriental Institute Museum in Hyde Park

*Garfield Park Conservatory in Garfield Park

*DuSable Museum in Washington Park

*Chicago Velodrome in South Chicago

*Music Box Theater in Lakeview

*Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Little Italy

*Glenwood Avenue Arts District in Rogers Park

*Green Mill in Uptown

*Dat Donut in Chatham/Morgan Park

*Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles in Bronzeville

*Renegade Handmade in Wicker Park

*Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport

*Vida Simple Mural in Pilsen

*Ping Tom Park in Chinatown

*Merz Apothecary in Lincoln Square

*Swedish Dala Horse in Andersonville

*63rd Street Beach in Jackson Park

*Milio’s Hair Studio in Lakeview

*Michael Jordan Statue at the United Center

*Revolution Brewing in Logan Square

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