The Decision to Create Chicago Neighborhood Maps

As my work shifted to a lot of Chicago themed illustrations, it seemed natural that I should create something focused on the Chicago neighborhoods. About a year and a half ago, I had made a typography map of the 77 community areas, but I ended up not liking the final product. As I learned more about other artists and illustrators making Chicago neighborhood prints, I originally thought I would be late to the party if I did a neighborhood themed illustration. As such, I moved on to other work.

As the Roscoe Village Burger Fest approached this year, it was suggested to me that I create a print about Roscoe Village. So, I decided it was a good opportunity to come up with an idea. My main concern was that it was different from other prints available. Eventually, I landed on the idea of a map of Roscoe Village that included the major landmarks, parks, streets, buildings, structures and events in the neighborhood. Plus, I wanted to touch on the history of the area. The final look of the piece also had to be similar stylistically with some of my other work. Here is the final illustration:

Roscoe Village

 

I am definitely happy with the piece. However, the true test will be how many I sell this weekend at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest. I had 50 screen printed, and I would like to sell at least half. My plan is to make more Chicago neighborhood maps since there seems to be a market for these types of illustrations. At the very least, it is a great way to expand my Chicago themed portfolio by focusing on specific neighborhoods of the city. It was very satisfying to research one area of the city and try to capture the essence of that neighborhood in one illustration.

 

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