What is Gapers Block?åÊGapers Block is a Chicago-centric web publication providing information on news, events and other interesting stuff around town. Gapers Block wants you to slow down and check out your city!
OK, what’s a “gapers block”?There areåÊmany termsåÊfor the slowdown in traffic that occurs when there’s an accident on the side of the road. Some people call it rubbernecking, others a lookie-loo. Here in Chicago (and a few other places where Chicago expats are common) we call it a gapers block or gapers delay. What better name for a site that asks you to slow down and check out all the cool things in the city?
Consider GB an antidote to all those sites infatuated with the coasts. On theåÊfront page, you’ll findåÊMerge, a weblog on a wide range of topics updated throughout the day;åÊSlowdown, a calendar highlighting events you may not have heard about; a daily photo inåÊRearviewåÊand a question to ponder and discuss inåÊFuel. The site also includes topical sections covering arts and culture (A/C), literature (Book Club), food (Drive-Thru), music (Transmission), politics (Mechanics) and sports (Tailgate). We also publish a weekly email newsletter,åÊParty Line.