I was a little hesitant putting together a Lakeview map. While living in the city, I was certainly familiar with Lakeview. I had technically lived right on the border of Lakeview for about a year even though I did not know at the time. However, I was concerned that it would seem too similar to Lincoln Park. Or, that Wrigley Field would be the most interesting thing about Lakeview. The fear was that I would get started and not have anything to draw.
After living in Chicago for 14 years, it is amazing just how much I don’t know about the city. Lakeview, like any other map I have created to this point, has its own identity and history. And while Wrigleyville is certainly a focal point, the boundaries of Lakeview encompass some great parts of the city. It includes Boys Town and a golf course. It houses great music and theater venues like Briar Street and the Metro. It includes St. Alphonsus Church which I remember seeing vividly towering above its surroundings. What I thought was unfamiliar was really something familiar to me. After researching and taking pictures of Lakeview, I had more than enough great images to fill up this map. It gives me more confidence to tackle other areas of the city that are not as familiar because I know if I dig hard enough I will find that identity and history.
With that said, here is the final print:
If you’d like to see a larger version, please click here. A limited edition print of the Lakeview Map is now on sale here. When they sell out, I will be printing a one color open edition screen print.
Also, every order I ship will now come with this sticker:
I’ve had the idea of coming up with a cool slogan for Chicago for years now and this one just felt right. While I am not the first person to use this phrase, I thought making it look good and using black and white would make it really pop.
Finally, I have a few made changes to my site. Since I am selling more Chicago prints these days and doing less freelance work, I thought it best to push my store to the front page and push the portfolio back. The overall look is very similar so it is a more structural change. If I am getting some notoriety for doing this type of work, I thought it best to really highlight it.