By chance, the two new maps I have for sale have a few things in common. First, I used to live in all 3 neighborhoods. Second, they overlap. (Ravenswood is part of Lincoln Square and Uptown.) Finally, they both house the largest cemeteries in Chicago. I have definitely stuck with areas I am familiar with here in the early going. It might seem like I have a bias to the Northside but it is more about sticking with the places I know. With that said, lets look at each map individually…
I only lived in Uptown for a year. However, I remember someone telling me that the Alderman at the time liked that the area was a mix of people from all walks of life. From what I can tell, that has held true today. As with many areas of the city, it has a long history in Chicago. However, it has never made a comeback from its more prosperous days. And the buildings that used to be so important along Broadway like the Uptown Theater are still there but clearly need some renovation. With the mix of old and new and the different populations of people, it would be great for Uptown to make a resurgence in the near future.
With that said, here is the final print:
The Ravenswood and Lincoln Square map almost did not happen. First, Ravenswood has very vague boundaries. Mayor Emanuel lives about two blocks South from the boundary I chose and I have seen that referred to as Ravenswood. Some people also believe that the boundary of Ravenswood extends too far West. I also found it interesting that the Deagan Building is shown in lots of Ravenswood signage. However, the Deagan Building could be considered not part of Ravenswood. And I said that I used to live in Ravenswood but technically I lived just off the border. Neighborhood borders are not always expressly defined but I try my best to get it right. Secondly, I had not originally planned on including all of Lincoln Square. After walking around the neighborhood and looking at the boundaries again, it seemed silly not to extend the map up to Bryn Mawr. Although, I was surprised to find that I did not add much in the way of imagery. It is mostly residential. However, it gave me the chance to add Rosehill Cemetery which was worth it. Since this map partially overlapped with the Uptown map, I did include some of the same buildings but changed the layout. The one thing I will be interested to hear is the reaction to the colors on this map. It is not a big departure but it is the first time I used red. For some reason, I associate Ravenswood and Lincoln Square with fall.
Here is the completed map:
If you’d like to see a larger version, please click here. A limited edition print of the Ravenswood and Lincoln Square Map is now on sale here. When they sell out, I will be printing a one color open edition screen print.