What’s Project Nande?
We’re a collective of photographers, filmmakers, and writers that wander around Chicago in search of new experiences, and we started Project Nande to help others do the same. Over time, Project Nande has evolved to become a subscription-based travel media company, which we use to experiment with original content and technology to inspire members to visit parts of Chicago they might not otherwise think to visit.
What do I get as a member?
1. Weekly City Guide
Every week we publish and send you a new Chicago city guide with original photography and writing that tells you where to go, what to do, and how. These aren’t Buzzfeed style listicles or low-effort click bait articles. Each week we set out with our cameras to find what we think will most inspire you.
2.The Chicago Field Guide Booklet
Every so often we publish a physical print publication, which we call the Chicago Field Guide. These passport sized field guides are 32 pages, include exclusive content not found on our website, and a bunch of steals, deals, and thrills you can redeem that will more than cover the cost of an annual membership. We published our latest edition with Intelligentsia Coffee. You can read more about it here.
3. Text Message Concierge
You’ll get access to a text message concierge service that will help you navigate Chicago. Want us to plan a date? Just moved here and don’t know where to start? Family or friends visiting and need help making plans? Well all these questions can be answered by our text message concierge.
Why are your city guides behind a paywall?
Probably because we’re naive idealists, but also in part because we think digital publications and other travel apps depend far too much on hav
ing a huge number of people look at ads. As a result, they often resort to tactics such as publishing click bait articles, producing low-effort content, and shoving pop-up ads in your face.
At the end of the day, we don’t think you need to read another article about the top 50 hamburgers in Chicago, and we certainly don’t want to devolve into doing anything like that to keep the lights on. Instead, we want to ensure that our core focus is on producing high quality original content, and providing an excellent service that makes it easy for you to explore every corner of Chicago.
What does your latest Chicago Field Guide look like?
We published our latest Chicago Field Guide in collaboration with Intelligentsia. Inside are five chapters of photo essays exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. For each chapter we visit an Intelligentsia coffeebar, and with their help, we make a day of it by exploring the neighborhoods they’re in.
Of all the places we feature, nearly all of them offer Field Guide holders a deal or exclusive experience. In all, there’s over $100 worth of value being offered in the guide. All of our members get a copy after they sign up.
How does the text message concierge work?
As a member, we’ll provide you with a number that you can text which will put you in direct contact with us. Anything we can do to get you out and about in Chicago, we’ll help you do. A few examples could be helping plan a date or family outing, answering questions about our guides, or putting together a personalized mini-city guide just for you.
The concierge is active from 9am to 9pm everyday. While we can’t promise immediate turnaround on all requests, we’ll do our best to respond and provide you a solution as quickly as we can. For now, the only thing we ask is that you give us at least 24 hours to respond back to you. In most cases we’ll get back to you a lot sooner.
What are your membership options?
“I’ve lived in Chicago for years and there’s so many places I wouldn’t have known about or visited if it wasn’t for Nande.”
– Emily K.
“I love these guides. They’re like little short stories taking you on adventures in the city.”
– Nick L.
“A membership was a no-brainer, I spend more on coffee in a day than the monthly membership”
– Sara S.
Can I gift a membership?
If you’re thinking about gifting a membership, then it’s probably because you’re an incredibly thoughtful and all around good person. We made it easy to gift a membership. Just click on any of the special gifting plans below that you wish to gift! You’ll only be billed once.
I have more questions
If you want to learn more, you can e-mail us at [email protected]