EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news/data site from Adrian Holovaty and crew, has launched for Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

What’s it for? Well, for example, you can see the results of all the restaurant inspections, crimes, business licenses, graffiti cleanup, building violations, etc. in your zip code, your neighborhood, or your street.

If you don’t want to go hyperlocal, you can zoom out. For example, here are all the recent filmings going on in Chicago right now. EveryBlock even lets you know which streets will be closed for block parties, parades, or athletic events.

For more background on this useful new service, check out the about EveryBlock page. I especially like how they’ve designed their own maps — real nice touch.

Adrian first told me about this idea over lunch about a year ago so it’s a real thrill to finally see it launch. Adrian, a fellow Chicagoan, is wonderfully talented and an especially nice guy. He’s a great guitarist too. The team he’s assembled for EveryBlock is top notch. I wish them all the best success with EveryBlock.