Chicago, the City of Color

Maps of where I walked, not sure why the format is so weird.

I left University Hall around 1 pm after I finished my philosophy midterm. I was feeling exhausted and starving and needed something to eat. I remembered hearing about this place near North and Clybourn that had a lot of vegetarian options so I decided to treat myself after finishing my last midterm.

After getting off at the North and Clybourn stop, I put my headphones in and turned on my “All Time Favorites” playlist on spotify. It was sunny but not too hot, the weight of my backpack was starting to get to me but overall I was in a good mood.

It smelled like fall outside. There were leaves on the ground and I was happily walking along while looking for traces of pale blue and peachish orange color. After walking about .6 miles I finally came across the Protein Bar which is where I was going to eat. In the strip mall I saw this entrance for a store which matched the blue paint chip almost spot on.

After getting some lunch and relaxing for a while, it was time to head back to campus so I could do laundry. I still hadn’t found my orange color yet but I was trying to not think about it and just let the color come to me. The way back to the train station is a straight line so I decided to switch it up a little bit on the way back.

I saw a house with ivy all along the side and beautiful plants in their window planter. I turned on the street so I could take a picture of it. As I kept walking I saw how colorful the street was, there was plants and ivy everywhere.

Eventually I passed this tree and decided the orange color on the fruit was pretty similar to my paint chip. Since it was in someone’s yard I felt like I probably shouldn’t take one. I took my picture and kept walking back to the train station.

I know this looks more lavender in the picture but it’s actually blue.


What is a map? How is a map related to the world depicts? Why do we make maps?

Maps depict our entire geographic world. On a small scale they show us streets, restaurants, rest stops, and shops. On a larger scale, they display lakes, oceans, rivers, mountain ranges, countries, states, and cities. I think we make maps so we know where we are going and where we are in reference to other objects in the world. Also so that we give meaning to all places on earth and are able to distinguish them from each other. It is interesting to think about how maps and the necessity for them have evolved over time. For example, maps have grown and changed a great deal from the time when Lewis and Clark were mapping out North America to being able to pull up any location in the world on our touch screen phones. The necessity has changed as well. Throughout history, maps were essential for survival. Now, I think people just use them for directions or in order to find the nearest Starbucks.

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