Watch Chicago videos, embed the ones you like on your site, and post your own featurettes.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 16, 2009
A new Chicago-based web site offers free embedding of award-winning web videos about the city's most popular neighborhoods. The professionally produced footage on ChicagoVideos.com shows glimpses of 40+ distinct Chicago communities. Each video is a snapshot of life in the Windy City from the perspective of actual residents, business owners and other locals. ChicagoVideos.com was created to supply other Chicago-related web sites with fresh, interactive content that can help boost visitor interest and traffic at no extra cost. Video code embeds from ChicagoVideos.com are shared by copying and pasting provided textboxs from the site.
Every video clip on the Chicago videos web site is available to watch directly on the site and/or embed to other web sites for free. The motivation behind ChicagoVideos.com is to establish a nexus for "Free Chicago Video Sharing." Visitors are not only invited to view and obtain online footage, but are welcome to add their own creative productions for others to see and use. The site has potential to become a very extensive link to a wide variety of personal and professional portraits of everyday life in the Windy City.
The concept is simple. As the website's homepage explains, "Watch Chicago videos, embed the ones you like on your site, and post your own featurettes."
The objective of ChicagoVideos.com is to have a continuously expanding repertoire of Chicago-related web videos as more and more users participate in free video sharing. Both professional and amateur productions are accepted and all new content will be available to embed on other websites for no charge.
This type of resource can provide a considerable benefit to Chicago-centric sites lacking the funds to produce or purchase their own web videos. Videos are a common feature on today's web sites that can make a site competitive and draw visitor traffic, but can also be expensive and time-consuming to create. ChicagoVideos.com makes it easy and affordable for any Chicago site to have first-rate videos from a conceivably endless inventory of footage.
The original 40+ neighborhood videos on ChicagoVideos.com are shot in documentary style and were collectively a Silver Winner of the 2007 W³ Awards. The W³ acknowledges creative excellence on the web and is sanctioned by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The footage is fast paced and captivating, drawing upon both environmental and human elements of the distinctive Chicago communities. Each video is a window into neighborhood life with a first-hand look inside restaurants, bars, shops, homes, and offices--in addition to a brief tour of the local landscape.
ChicagoVideos.com neighborhood videos with the highest "sharing rating" include Lincoln Park, The Loop, Old Town, Gold Coast, West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Wrigleyville, South Loop and River North. Local companies, community organizations, real estate agencies, and anyone with a website about Chicago can take advantage of ChicagoVideos.com's free embedding to give their site edgy new substance and a splash of local flavor.
Bucktown Video Highlights
The footage takes visitors through the streets of this ultra trendy community and talks with the owners and patrons of several well-known neighborhood institutions….
"Bucktown has corner taverns, smaller restaurants, a lot of independent operators as far as clothing stores and such… more artistic, more cultural, more diverse," says the owner of Club Lucky, an Italian restaurant that serves Sicilian specialties from generations-old recipes.
Over the decades, many famous faces have dropped into Margie's Candies, a legendary Bucktown soda fountain. "This is where the Beatles sat and the Smashing Pumpkins made their album cover… this is the table where Al Capone sat all the time," explains the grandson of Margie's original founder on a tour of the 88-year-old shop.
In describing the neighborhood from her fashion-forward Bucktown-based clothing store, one of the owners of Akira says, "Bucktown is very comparable to a mini SoHo of New York."
The neighborhood videos are set to music and are generally between 1.5 and 4 minutes long. They are edited to portray a fun, energetic vibe and show major attractions as well as interviews with people.
ChicagoVideos.com was launched in 2009 as a free online video sharing forum. It was created as an unlimited opportunity for visitors to watch, post, and embed web videos at no cost to the user. The site is designed to accommodate a growing library of footage as the network of participants expands. The goal of ChicagoVideos.com is to become the definitive source for online videos about Chicago. As the number of videos increases, its usefulness and significance will spread to a broader audience, creating new horizons for all participants. The original 40+ neighborhood videos, around which the site was built, were part of a project pioneered by Chicago-area real estate company Dream Town Realty.