Terms & Conditions


Effective Date: July 10, 2013

Chicago Windy City Guide

(Referred to as “us” or “we” or “windycityguide.com”), is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit www.windycityguide.com (“Website”), and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting and disclosing such information.

(collectively, the “Website Policies”), and you accept that by accessing or using the Website, you agree to be bound by all the terms of the Website Policies. This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect: (i) on this Website, (ii) in text and electronic messages between you and this Website, and (iii) via mobile applications when available that you download from this Website, which provide dedicated non browser based interactions between you and this Website. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any information collected by us offline or via third party sites that may be accessed through hyperlinks on this Website. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this Privacy Policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time and your continued use of this Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes.


Please read the information below:

1. Information we collect about you.

2. Where we store data.

3. How we use your information.

4. Disclosure of your information.

5. Updating or correcting your personally identifiable

6. Choices regarding control of your personally identifiable

7. Data Security.

8. Cookies.

9. Mobile Analytics.

10. Links to third party web sites and advertisers.

11. Changes to this Privacy Policy.

12. Communities, forums, chat rooms, and message boards.

13. Social Media features.

14. How do you contact us?


We may collect several types of information about visitors to this Website and/or users of our services. We may collect this information either directly when you provide it to us or automatically as you navigate through the Website.

(a) Personally Identifiable Information. ‘Personally Identifiable Information’ refers to information by which you may be personally identified, such as your name, email address, or zip code. We will collect and process such data about you when you register for a service/create an account, subscribe to a newsletter, submit feedback, enter a contest, fill out a survey, or send us a communication. You may also provide information to be published or displayed (“posted”) on public areas of the Website (such as blogs, forums, message boards, and the like), or transmitted to other users of the Website using ‘sharing’ features (collectively, “User Contributions”). Your User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk.

We cannot control the actions of other users of the Website with whom you may choose to share your User Contributions. Depending upon the activity, some of the information we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide the mandatory data with respect to a particular activity,
you will not be able to engage in that activity. We do not collect more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary for anyone to participate in an activity on the

(b) Non Personally Identifiable Information. We may collect, or our third party ad server and/or Content server may collect, certain Non-Personally Identifiable Information, that does not by itself identify a specific individual. Such information tells us about your interests, browsing actions, the resources that
you access and use on the Website, your Internet Protocol (‘IP’) address, operating system and browser type. We use your IP address to diagnose problems with our servers, software, to administer our Website and to gather demographic information. Our third party ad servers will provide us with summary, but not individual, reports
that will tell us how many ads were presented and clicked upon at our Website. The information that we collect automatically is ‘statistical’ in nature. It helps us to deliver a better and more personalized service to users, by enabling us to estimate usage patterns, customize our Website according to your individual
preferences, and speed up your searches.

(c) Device Information. When you download our mobile application and use our services, we automatically collect information on the type of device you use and the operating system version, so we know the best application version to provide you with. We do not ask you for, access or track any location based information from your mobile device at any time while downloading or using our Mobile Application or services.


The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the U. S. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the U. S. who work for us or for one of our service providers. Such staff maybe engaged in, among other things, the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. Windycityguide.com will take all steps reasonably necessary to
ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.


We use information held about you in the following ways:

(a) To ensure that content from our Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

(b) To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.

(c) To allow you to participate in interactive
features of our service, when you choose to do so.

(d) To notify you about changes to our

(e) In any other way we may describe when you
provide the information.

If you are an existing customer, we will only contact you by electronic means (email or SMS) with information about goods and services similar to those which were the subject of a previous sale to you. If you are a new customer, and where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this. If you use the Contact Us form on our site, we will respond to your inquiry and delete the information provided after your request has been


We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this Privacy Policy. We do not sell, trade, rent or disclose your information to others, except as
provided herein:

(a) We may provide some of our services through contractual arrangements with services providers and other third parties. We and our service partners use your Personally Identifiable Information to operate our websites and to deliver services. We will encourage our service partners to adopt and post privacy policies. However, the use of your Personally Identifiable Information by our service partners is governed by the privacy
policies of those service partners, and is not subject to our control.

(b) We will disclose Personally Identifiable Information in the following circumstances: (i) if it is required by law enforcement or judicial authorities, or to cooperate with a law enforcement investigation; (ii) if we have a good faith belief that we are required or permitted to do so by law or legal process;
(iii) to protect the rights, reputation, property or safety ofwindycityguide.com or others; (iv) to defend or enforce our rights or your obligations; (v) if the disclosure is required by mandatory professional standards; (vi) to a 3rd party with your prior consent to do so; or (vii) If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to enforce or apply our Website Policies, or any contracts or agreement that may
exist between you and windycityguide.com. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

(c) In the event that windycityguide.com decides to sell all or part of its stock or assets or enter into a merger, we reserve the right to include Personally Identifiable Information and Non Personally Identifiable Information among the assets transferred to the acquiring or surviving company.

(d) We may provide Non Personally Identifiable Information about our customers’ traffic patterns, and related Website information to third party advertisers, but these statistics do not include any Personally Identifiable Information.


You may change any of your Personally Identifiable Information online by requesting the deletion, and correct your personal information and privacy preferences by emailing us or writing to us

Chicago Windy City Guide

2324 Oak Avenue

Northbrook, IL 60062

Attn: Business Affairs

Please include your name, address, and email address when you contact us. We encourage you to promptly request updates to your Personally Identifiable Information if it changes. You may ask to have the information on your account deleted or removed and request that we no longer have contact with you however, because we keep track of past transactions, you cannot delete information associated with past transactions on this Website. In addition, it
may be impossible to completely delete your information without some residual information because of backups.


With respect to your communications preferences, you can unsubscribe from newsletters by following the instructions included in the newsletter you receive and update your newsletter and email
subscription options. If your email address has changed and you would like to continue to receive newsletters, you will need to access your account and update your email address information in your account and signup again for the newsletter. Occasionally we may send out emails concerning website disruptions. If you indicated upon registration that you are interested in receiving offers or information from us and our partners, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. Only windycityguide.com (or agents working on behalf of us and under confidentiality agreements) will send you these direct mailings and only if you did ‘opt in’ to such offers. We do not send unsolicited commercial emails (“spam”), buy or sell email lists, or use purchased or harvested email lists. We offer commercial email recipients the opportunity to opt out of further
communications in every email. Please note that we may not include the opt out information in non-commercial emails (i.e., emails concerning the Website Terms and Conditions of Use, etc.). You also have choices with respect to cookies, as described below. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept
all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies some parts of our Website may not work properly in your case.


All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Personal information that you provide that is not Personally Identifiable Information also resides on a secure server and is only accessible to windycityguide.com staff. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, you acknowledge
that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond our control; (b) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Website cannot be guaranteed and we shall have no liability to you or any third party for loss, misuse,
disclosure or alteration of such information; and (c) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your Personally Identifiable Information in our control may have been compromised, we will notify you as promptly as possible under the circumstances. To the extent we have your email address, we may notify you by email and you consent to our use of email as a means of such notification. If you prefer for us to use another method to notify you in this situation, please email us at help@windycityguide.com with the alternative contact information
you wish to be used.


When you use our Website we will store cookies on your computer in order to facilitate and customize your use of our Website. What is a cookie? A cookie is a small data text file, which a website stores on your computer’s hard drive (if your Web browser permits) that can later be retrieved to identify you to us. Our cookies store randomly assigned user identification numbers, the country where you are located, and your first name to welcome you back to
our Website. The cookies make your use of the Website easier, make the Website run more smoothly, and save your logged in state so that you do not have to log in each time that you visit the Website. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but if you do so, our Website will not recognize your
computer and you may not have access to all portions of the Website. The use of cookies by our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, service providers, is not covered by our Privacy Policy. We do not have access or control over these cookies. Our partners, affiliates, tracking utility company, and service
providers, use session ID cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site, in order for you to use the shopping cart, etc. We partner with third party ad networks to manage our advertising on other sites. As part of their service, they will place a separate cookie on your computer. We will not provide any third party ad server with any of your Personally Identifiable Information or information about you. We and our third party ad server will collect and use Non Personally Identifiable Information about you, such as your IP address, browser type, the server your computer is logged onto, the area code and zip code associated with your server and whether you responded to a particular advertisement.


In the future, we may use mobile analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our mobile software on your phone. This software may record information such as how often you use the application, the events that occur within the application, aggregated usage, performance data, and where the application was downloaded from. We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any personal information you
submit within the mobile application.


Except as otherwise discussed in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. Our Website may contain hyperlinks to other third party web sites, which may collect and disclose information in a manner that is different from our Website. We are not responsible for the collection, use, or disclosure of information collected through these third party web sites, and we expressly disclaim any and all liability related to such collection, use, or disclosure. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of the other web sites. Additionally, other companies that place advertising on our
Website may collect information about you when you view or click on their advertising through the use of cookies. We cannot control this collection of information. You should contact these advertisers directly if you have any questions about their use of the information that they collect.


It is our policy to post any changes we make to our Privacy Policy on this page (with a notice that the Privacy Policy has been updated on the Website home page). If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ personal information, we will notify you by email to the primary email address specified in your account and through a notice on the Website home page. The date the Privacy Policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up to date active and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our Website and this Privacy Policy to check for any changes. Your continued use of the Website after such modifications will constitute your:
(a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy;
(b) agreement to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy
Policy. If we make material changes to how we use PersonalInformation collected from Children under 13, we will notify
parents by email in order to obtain verifiable parental consent for the new uses of their child’s personally identifiable information.


If you choose to disclose Personally Identifiable Information on communities, message boards, forums, and the like, which may be accessible via this Website, you should be aware that such information, along with any information disclosed in your communication, can be collected and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from third parties. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community
forum, contact us at help@windycityguide.com. You acknowledge and accept that any submissions to chat rooms or other public areas on this Website are accessible to all third parties. If you do not want your comments to be viewed by third parties, you are advised not to make any submissions. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for all activity conducted by you via communities, forums, message boards, chat rooms, etc. Please be careful and responsible whenever
you are online.


Our Website includes Social Media Features, such as Widgets, such as the Add this button or interactive mini programs that run on our Website. This feature may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Website, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and
Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Website. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us by sending a letter to:

Chicago Windy City Guide

2324 Oak Avenue

Northbrook, IL 60062

July 10, 2013


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