After deciding to make a set of Chicago themed playing cards, it was always my intention to make a blue backed deck to compliment the red deck. Many card players use two decks for various reasons. For example, poker players usually have one deck in play while the other deck is being shuffled for the next game. At the time, however, I just didn’t know what I was going to do. After making the first deck, it was apparent there were a number of Chicagoans I did not include. So, I decided to make the deck with a whole new set of face cards. Here are all the face cards:
In case you do not recognize every face, here is the complete list:
Kings: Richard M. Daley, George Halas, Kanye West, Daniel Burnham
Queens: Mother Frances Cabrini, Michelle Obama, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jennifer Hudson
Jacks: Ernie Banks, Frank Thomas, Bobby Hull, John Hughes
Joker: John Belushi
Ace of Spades: Statue of Republic
The only person I wish I could have included was Walter Payton. Since George Halas was actually from Chicago and had such a historical impact on the game of football, I decided to use him. The only card I kept the same was the Ace of Spades. Since that symbol is used on the box, I wanted to keep some consistency there. To see more images of the deck, click here. To purchase a deck, please click here.
The two neighborhood maps I completed were North Center and Little Italy/University Village. The North Center map is my way of doing another Roscoe Village map. Roscoe Village was the first neighborhood map I created. At the time, I never expected to have the type of success with these maps that I currently enjoy. So, I made that map limited edition with no plans to reprint it. After selling out of it, I still have people ask about it. In turn, I decided to include the entire community area with this map. It might not be just Roscoe Village. However, it includes much of the same imagery I used on the first map while incorporating more of the surrounding areas. And really, Roscoe Village and the larger North Center area share a lot of similarities. I have included an image below and you can see more of the map by clicking here. To purchase a map, click here.
The Little Italy and University Village map was put together in advance of the Festa Italiana in August. At first, it felt a little odd putting these two areas together. One has a large standing history in Chicago while the other has seemingly just popped up in the last couple decades. Plus, Little Italy used to stretch west past Ashland into the Illinois Medical District. It felt like I was going to have an issue with boundaries. After doing some research, however, these two neighborhoods are currently matched together and the boundaries I chose are well recognized. In some ways, UIC helps to connect these two areas together.And with the inclusion of the area south of Roosevelt, I could include Maxwell Street Market which has a lot of historical significance in Chicago. I have included an image below and you can see more of the map by clicking here. To purchase a map, click here.