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Support FreeGeek Chicago's recycling campaign on IndieGogo

by David Eads

We know there's still a recession (whatever the news says) and we wish we didn't have to do this, but FreeGeek Chicago needs help paying our recycling bills. Do your part and contribute today, and support our experiment in people-powered recycling.

FreeGeek featured on Chicago Revealed

by David Eads

FreeGeek was featured on Chicago Revealed, a cable TV show produced by the city of Chicago. The show airs daily at 9AM on Chicago cable channel 23 and 6PM and 10PM on channel 49.  The segment is available on YouTube:

FreeGeek Chicago Receives Cash Donation

by Aaron Howze

FreeGeek Chicago received a cash donation from the Kluth Family Foundation in the amount of $5,000.00. Click link above to read the donation letter and the terms and conditions of the grant.

July 20th Web Basics Class Cancelled

by David Eads

The Web Basics session scheduled for Tuesday, July 20th is cancelled because Dave is getting sick. Hopefully, Janet's lemon tea remedy should cure his ills, but class is still cancelled.

Care and Feeding Class Scheduled for 7/12

by Taylor Hales

A long time in the works, we announce our "Care and Feeding" Linux basics class. It will be piloted Monday, July 12th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at 3411 W. Diversey, and will be instructed by two Freegeek Chicago staff. Care and Feeding is a one-time class that will be offered regularly as a supplement to our volunteer program. It is designed to provide support for new users of Xubuntu, the Linux operating system that we install on the Freekboxes that volunteers earn after completing 24 hours of service.

FreeGeek Chicago will be closed Sunday, July 4th

by David Eads

FreeGeek Chicago will be closed July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.  Normal hours resume Monday, July 5, with sale & donation hours and Tuesday, July 6 with the web basics class.

Introducing the Web Basics class

by David Eads

FreeGeek Chicago is excited to announce our first educational program, Web Basics. The program begins next Tuesday, June 22nd, from 6:30-8:30pm at FreeGeek Chicago (3411 W. Diversey, basement). The program is free, and open to people of all skill levels. The program will meet no less than twice a month, and the program will run until late summer or early fall – the group will set the schedule in the first few sessions.

New Sales and Donation Days!

by Taylor Hales

Starting May 31, 2010, Freegeek Chicago will have expanded hours for walk-in sales customers and to accept donations. We will now be open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10AM to 3PM, and Sundays 11AM to 5PM for sales and donations. The earn-a-computer volunteer program hours will stay the same (Fridays 10AM-3PM, Sundays 11AM-5PM).

Check our updated calendar for our complete schedule.

Reminder: FreeGeek Chicago community retreat this Saturday

by David Eads

Join us Saturday, May 8, from 11am - 4:30pm, for a public meeting to discuss FreeGeek Chicago's long term strategy and vision.  All are welcome to join and discuss the future of FreeGeek Chicago. Contact FreeGeek to RSVP!

Welcome to the redesigned FreeGeek Chicago web site

by David Eads

After almost four years, it was time to upgrade FreeGeek Chicago's old site to something a little more modern. We're happy to announce the rebooted, redesigned FreeGeek Chicago...

Thanks for the rack, Venturality

by David Eads

Venturality, a Chicago-based manager services provider, donated a four-post server rack to FreeGeek Chicago for all our server and networking needs.  Thanks, Venturality!

WCIU morning show

by Dee Newcum

WCIU's morning program did a spot about FreeGeek. This video is a good glimpse of what FreeGeek is about.

Happy holidays, we have heat

by Taylor Hales

Our landlord has installed a new heater for us, which as of December 20 is working! So this winter you can volunteer for Freegeek Chicago in comfort. Orientation may be a bit shout-ier, because that thing is loud!

Friday Volunteer Program Hours

by Taylor Hales

Starting this Friday, August 7th, we will be open Fridays from 10AM until 3PM in addition to our normal Sunday hours (11AM to 5PM).

FreeGeek is a 501(c)(3)!

by Taylor Hales

The big news around is that FreeGeek Chicago is now a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization! FreeGeek staff has been working on this for a while, and it's a big step forward for us.