What is RSS?

Subscribe to our RSS feeds to have information and updates delivered straight to you. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content directly to you without the need for conventional methods of browsing or searching for website information. It is an easy way for you to keep up with the news and information that is important to you. The City website has RSS feeds available for various topics, shown below.

RSS feeds are written in XML format (Extensible Markup Language) and require the use of an RSS Reader (as known as an Aggregator, News Reader or Feed Reader). Some web browsers, such as current versions of Firefox and Safari have built-in RSS Readers. There are also a variety of RSS readers available on the web; some are free to download and others are available for purchase.


How to Subscribe to our RSS Feeds

The first step is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed. Follow the directions for your RSS reader but, in most cases, the following will apply:

  • Click on the add button to the right of the  topic you would like to subscribe to. Your RSS reader will launch and add the feed (sometimes referred to as a "channel") and may provide you with additional options.
  • If you do not have a RSS reader configured with your web browser, you will be provided with a list of options for web-based and downloadable readers.
  • Once you have added the RSS feed to your reader, the feed will start to display and regularly update the headlines whenever new information is added or updates are made to the City website.


Topic RSS Feeds

City Wide Alerts
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Office of the Mayor
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People We Serve
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Programs & Initiatives
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Terms of Use

The content available from the City of Chicago RSS feeds is provided free of charge for private, non-commercial use only. Any other uses are strictly prohibited. The content of the RSS feeds may not be modified in any way, and links from other websites to the City of Chicago RSS feeds may not incorporate any advertising or promotional materials in the content or introduce intermediate splash pages between the link and the content displayed on this site. The RSS feeds are to be used only as provided by the City of Chicago (“City”).

The City retains all ownership and other rights in the RSS content. Attribution must be provided to ExploreChicago.org, or to the City, in connection with any use of the RSS feeds. The City can discontinue the RSS feeds at any time and reserves the right to require other websites to cease displaying, distributing or using any of the RSS feeds at any time for any reason, including but not limited to violation of the Terms of Use.

The City assumes no liability for any activities in connection with the RSS feeds or for the use of the RSS feeds or any other content in connection with external websites.

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