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9.25.2013

A Helpful Chicago Map

i'm getting this here blog on a blog schedule.  everything needs to be on schedules.  i like order.  and planning.  since i already decluttered and completely organized my home, i decided to turn my attentions to my online activities.  starting here, naturally.  (because i already keep an inbox zero.  you can be jealous.)

i live in a really great city, and i don't talk about it nearly enough.  people visit here from all over the world, and i actually live here.  you can even see the sears tower (stop trying to make willis happen. it's not going to happen.) from my apartment window and i think that's pretty cool.  in my old place, you could see navy pier.  and i get e-mail requests fairly regularly from bloggers about to visit chicago asking for my recommendations, so of course i thought 'heck, i might as well make some blog posts out of these ideas.'

there's a lot of guides you can find on all the tourist-y things to do.  but i've lived in chicago almost my whole life so i wanted to take some time to tell you about the not so tourist-y yet awesome things to do.  places i love to eat, the best places to shop.  and maybe some insider secrets about those tourist places, like the best days and times to visit the shedd aquarium.  i don't have all the details worked out yet, but i am going to do a chicago post once a month.  (the third thursday of every month, in case you're interested.  that's how detailed my little ocd blog schedule is.)

probably starting with the best dive bars, let's be honest here.  write what you know, right?

this will all be starting in october, but i thought i'd take today to offer a map of the chicago area.  it might give you a better idea of where i am and where the different neighborhoods are that people often mention.  this is a map of chicago from best chicago properties.  i thank them for providing it, because it was the best 'basic' one i could find.  chicago does extend slightly further west and south than this map shows, but this is the area i'd be talking about.  i added some helpful notes to orient you, of course.  cause y'all care so much where i live, right?  there should also be large spots over wrigley, lincoln park, and river north that say 'this is where i drink' if you want to imagine the full picture.




got that? any questions? if you want to know where something is specifically, just ask, i'll be happy to point it out. is this what you pictured when you thought of chicago neighborhoods?

did you know this is the map of panem? blew my mind. always thought it was a straight line.

17 comments:

  1. I keep my inbox at zero. I erase all text messages as I am finished with them, and I am constantly erasing photos and transfering them either to my dropbox or iCloud.... aaaaand now that I switched OS phones... looks like I will be using my dropbox and SD card. WINNING!!!!

    I like this whole schedule thing.

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  2. Yay! I love it, mostly because you were so spot on with the taco fest resommendation :)

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  3. Awww this makes me miss my old 'hoods (new east side, boystown, south loop, Gold Coast, wah I wanna go back!) Excellent map. I can't wait to hear your dive bars list, let's hear it for Snickers!!

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  4. I love this, I wish someone would do something like this for my new city. I don't care where the tourists go, I want to know where the locals are.

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  5. I always think that I should blog about Philly more. I may do that.

    Did you know one of my BFFs is in talks to move to Chicago for a new job?

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  6. I always keep my inbox at zero too. But not because I'm OCD, but because all the emails that need a response staring me in the face drive me crazy, so I put them in other folders. Oh and Chicago, I'd loveeee to come to Chicago, so this excites me.

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  7. Very nice. You should have put an arrow pointing waaaaay out northwest my horse and Betsy haha.

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  8. I got my inbox from 563 to 10 and now its back to 100 I have no clue how this happens! I have some hoarding tendencies though which explains why I can't just delete emails! I love this idea, I am always looking for new things to do here so its nice to see what others recommend :)

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  9. Just found your blog through Sarah (Venus Trapped in Mars) and I am PSYCHED! I moved to Chicago a little over 6 months ago so I'm still sorta getting my bearings... you should know that at least one random stranger is completely pumped that you'll be giving us insider info on this lovely city! :D

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  10. I, too, am a "zero inbox-er"... As if you didn't ready know that ;) I should do this for Seattle... I'd be sure to let them know what neighborhoods NOT to take a stroll in, that's for sure.

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  11. I don't need the insider version as when I visit I will just make you take me everywhere! LOL!

    XoXo

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  12. Haha I will have to keep this in mind if Betsy ever convinces me to move to Chicago!

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  13. I have no idea when I'll make it to Chi town but this makes it look super easy. One question I've always had, why is it called The Loop?

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  14. I still don't know much about Chicago at all after seeing this map! I only know that northern part from my trip this summer! It just means I will have to come again!

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  15. I'm so jealous that you live there. I want to goooooo

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  16. Eeep! I'm going to see the city, and you, soon!

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