updated 6/13/2011 5:46:49 PM ET 2011-06-13T21:46:49

CHICAGO, June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EveryBlock, a leading neighborhood news and discussion site, kicked off its first Very Important Neighbor Contest today. The contest gives five eligible EveryBlock Chicago users a chance to win $1,000 for a block party or neighborhood project by posting helpful comments on the site.

"The contest lets us celebrate the new community-focused EveryBlock by recognizing users who post useful and informative comments for their neighbors," said Becca Martin, EveryBlock community manager. "Our ultimate goal is to help Chicago residents improve their neighborhoods. We see many neighbors on EveryBlock sharing their plans for block parties, community gardens and other projects, so we're very excited to have this opportunity to help bring neighbors together in the real world."

To enter, users are invited to post comments on EveryBlock Chicago from June 13 through July 1, 2011. Each time they are thanked by another EveryBlock neighbor, they earn a point.

"By allowing people to use the EveryBlock thanks button to cast their votes, we're giving our community members a great way to recognize their most valuable neighbors," noted Martin.

The comments posted by the top 20 users will then be judged based on their value to the neighborhood, representation of the EveryBlock mission and overall quality.

Five winners will be notified after July 1 to receive their $1,000 prize for a block party or neighborhood project. For official rules and details see http://chicago.everyblock.com/2011/neighbor-contest/ .

About EveryBlock

EveryBlock is the leading Web site for neighborhood discussions and block-level news, including the latest news stories, crime reports, real estate listings and business reviews. EveryBlock is available in 16 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, D.C. EveryBlock was acquired by msnbc.com in August 2009. The team is based in Chicago.

CONTACT: Press contact: Becca Martin
         becca@everyblock.com
         773-234-4461

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