Laying Out the Inside on the Outside

Google’s aerial photographs of different nooks and crannies of the world have occasionally turned up some peculiar things. One of them is in Chicago. In the Illinois Medical District, on the northwest corner of Ashland and Harrison — the site where Rush University is putting up a new hospital is a life-sized blueprint showing offices, hallways, columns, and stairwells. We don’t know if this was for a training...

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How to Settle Chicago Neighborhood Fights

Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone about exactly where one neighborhood ends and another begins? It’s not uncommon to hear people in the office or the corner bar discuss and debate where the boundaries of the Gold Coast are, or what the Hell is “North Center.” The problem is that the city maintains two different classes of neighborhoods. One is actually called “neighborhoods.” The other is...

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