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Chicago, Illinois - 1:2 Scale

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avatar Koodoo25
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
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I am recreating the city of Chicago, Illinois in roughly 1:2 scale (56% of the original size). This project will cover all of downtown Chicago. I am recreating the city based off images and 3D models provided by Google Maps, Google images, and the Sketchup 3D Warehouse. Data about the heights of buildings are provided by Skyscraperpage and Emporis.

I started this project in July of 2013, but around 80%+ of the progress made has been within the last year.

Please note that there are currently only a couple of interior spaces created (the lobby of the Rookery on LaSalle St and the observatory near the top of the Hancock Center). I will be adding more notable interior spaces over time, but this project's primary focus is on creating a detailed replica of Chicago's streets and skyscrapers, not so much the insides of buildings.
I am creating this using my personal creative Bukkit server with WorldEdit running on Minecraft version 1.10.2.

All renderings are made in Chunky.
A custom resource pack is included in the zip folder with the world save.
Progress70% complete
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6 Update Logs

Update #6 : 10/24/2017 5:04:44 pmOct 24th, 2017

I haven't been working on this very much recently... I'm probably done working on this for the foreseeable future. Most of downtown is complete (minus Navy Pier), so there's a lot less to work on anyways. Who knows anything could happen.

P.S. I updated the download link
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06/18/2019 12:46 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Drivt
I'm moving to chicago in a month and I've been there once. This is amazing!!!
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02/04/2019 10:06 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
jakrivvo
OMG i have to say out of all the chicago builds ive seen this is the most accurate and realistic build ive ever seen keep up the great work
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06/13/2018 2:35 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
Ahdahmah
HOly shit the renders are awesome! Good job
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04/02/2018 12:08 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
roeejo4d
Did you build Richard J Daley center?
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03/17/2018 3:12 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Ryan9263
How do I download this
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01/17/2018 1:58 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Crafter
Titoo8899
cool world make more updates with other areas.
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09/12/2017 6:47 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
citygirl13
I have a son that wants me to download this to play. I have no idea what to do - but I am computer savvy - just not Minecraft savvy. I have a Mac desktop and MacBook Air laptop. Is this compatible with Apple or do we need to purchase a PC? And how do we get to play this Chicago city? Help please!
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06/18/2019 12:53 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Drivt
You can definitely play Minecraft on Mac. If you got to Minecraft.net you can make an account and buy the game for $20.00. After this is done you can click the download button of chicago. Download Winzip on the website. I recon you use Safari, so go to the top right corner and click on the downloads button. Download Winzip on the website. After downloaded put the .zip file onto you're desktop, right click on the file and click extract files. When done you got to make sure all the files like: region, playerdata, etc. is in it. If that in it go to files, go to minecraft and search for the saves folder. Drag the file into the saves folder. You can delete the .zip file if you want to. And you are ready to play.
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10/01/2017 9:13 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
JungleGeorgeMiner123
Minecraft is perfectly compatible with Mac! Just go to Minecraft.net and buy the game for twenty dollars. After this, download and install the game onto your computer. Inside the game files (details for how to access are on Internet), navigate to the "Saves" folder and drag the download of this (which you get from the button "download Minecraft world") into there. Then launch the game and you will see the world on the screen that you choose a world from!
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08/21/2017 9:27 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Engineer
Commodore James
Thanks for the map, and also BIG THANKS to you, cause I live near the Windy City area. It is a dream come true.
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07/09/2017 3:27 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
nkjellman
Looks great. Keep it up.

Out of curiosity thoug,have you thought of raising the city by a few blocks? Even though it would chop more off the Sears Tower antennas, you won't have 1 bock thick water.

But hey, who knows. In a future update, the build height could be increased and you may be able to raise the city up enough where you can fit the subways, and fit the Sears Tower antennas.
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07/05/2017 5:08 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Epik_Pilot
Hey you should make this on PE
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12/01/2017 3:08 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
SithKillerAlpha
You Can Just Convert This World Into A PE But It Will Take A While To Convert
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10/25/2017 5:12 am
Level 1 : New Network
OneFiveTwo
wtf why would he/she remake this entire map on a scrappily executed version of the game?
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05/23/2017 4:34 am
Level 46 : Master Architect
aBitterMelon
The lighting in this amazing project makes my "realistic" interior lighting look like child's play, this is truly amazing... makes me want to be better.
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04/29/2017 1:12 pm
Level 45 : Master Pixel Puncher
fov360
Fantastic progress, the city looks amazing.
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03/05/2017 4:46 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Sllew
Ive lived in chicago for 16 years, very impressed
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03/04/2017 8:53 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Architect
VotMaf
AAAAAAAAAwesome!!!! love this map. Effects are very strong
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02/27/2017 8:24 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
TheBetDev
Pretty nice made, I saw this on a website & loved it :)
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02/20/2017 12:51 am
Level 25 : Expert Crafter
idk lol
Saw this on a news article, amazing!
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02/17/2017 1:32 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Engineer
aa60665
Nice update and beautiful renders man, quite simply amazing.
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02/15/2017 7:06 am
Level 27 : Expert Dragon
Raptor_Tek
This is awesome, I live near the city so this is incredible
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02/14/2017 11:35 pm
Level 42 : Master Architect
mg4015
The joy of living near Chicago xD
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02/14/2017 7:56 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Agent_Slyme
THIS IS THE BEST SINCE I LIVE IN CHICAGO
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02/14/2017 5:28 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Engineer
BaccaPlaysMC
This absolutely amazing!!! It is even more awesome to me because I live in the suburbs of Chicago!!!
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02/14/2017 11:34 pm
Level 42 : Master Architect
mg4015
ayyy samme
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02/14/2017 7:12 am
Level 1 : New Miner
donqixot
Best ever!
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02/12/2017 1:21 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
JHAWKS129
This is absolutely amazing. Very well done, and simply amazing. You should add Wanda Vista as your next building. Cheers.
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02/12/2017 12:52 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Architect
Meester Curly
These renders are really very realistic! Did you make them?
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02/12/2017 4:19 am
Level 37 : Artisan Electrician
BLARG85
Wow! This is wicked cool dude!
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02/08/2017 7:36 am
Level 6 : Apprentice Architect
LeFalcoDu92i
*orgasm*
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11/28/2016 2:19 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
nkjellman
@Koodoo25
Just tried out the build. It looks impressive. I see that you just barely squeezed this into the 256 block limit with it snipping the antennas off the Sears Tower. However, you should be able to raise the city up by 1 block as I can still place one block on top the Sears Tower antennas. By doing this, you can add a floor under the river and lake.

In this case, its too bad that the PC version of Minecraft doesn't make an bedrock boundary floor at the bottom of the world like the console versions. If your map were ported to the console versions without lifting it one block, it would appear that there is bedrock under the lake/river, rather than it leading to the void.

Anyways, I look forward to more updates. Once the 1.0.0 build of Pocket Edition/Win10 Edition releases, the build height on that will be raised to 256, and I'll be able to port this over as well.
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11/27/2016 1:06 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Engineer
aa60665
Finally- a download link!
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11/20/2016 11:07 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Crafter
Mech265
H-holy F*** those renders. Just came to stop by and I am once again awestruck by those renders. Seriously, holy shit.
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11/17/2016 3:01 pm
Level 45 : Master Pixel Puncher
fov360
Got my diamond already, but the night renders would actually deserve another. ;-)
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11/16/2016 2:11 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Crafter
GovernorFerret
Giving a diamond for sure. Looks AWESOME. look forward to both this and future builds!
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11/10/2016 9:12 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Engineer
aa60665
When is this world going to be up for download?
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11/14/2016 6:22 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
Koodoo25
I'll try to upload it in the next week!
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11/14/2016 9:52 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Engineer
aa60665
Oh great! Will download for sure.
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10/31/2016 1:25 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Warrior
lbird2002
when i get home, i'm defintly downloading this map, it looks so awesome!
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08/11/2016 2:14 am
Level 1 : New Miner
nkjellman
@Koodoo25
I figured that I would start up an account on here so I could give you some feedback.

This map looks absolutely amazing. I'm from Chicago in real life, and it is amazing to see it recreated in Minecraft. I also think you made a smart decision to make it 1:2 scale. It still maintains a lot of detail, and the sky scrapers are able to fit within the world.

I have been following your progress since 2014, and I am glad to see that you have continued your work in recent months. I definitely hope that you release it soon. This is the map I have been dreaming of ever since I first played the game. If you like, I could help you build some things, and maybe even add some interiors since I know how many of the locations look on the inside. Take the Skydeck in the Sears Tower for example. I could also create the subway tunnels which run underneath the city as well.

Also one last thing that I wanted to point out. If you wanna get more feedback and recognition for your work, I recommend posting this on minecraftforum.net, and add a link to this in the topic.
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11/14/2016 6:26 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Architect
Koodoo25
Thank you so much! I'm flattered to have someone follow my work as closely as you do.
I'd be open to seeing some interiors added, but it would be a little bit tricky. Many of the individual floors are only 2 blocks high and usually fairly cramped. The train tunnels would also be difficult because most of the city is only 3 blocks above bedrock. Most of Streeterville is built at bedrock level, so there is limited if not no space at all underground. I appreciate your interest, though!

I was planning on posting this within in the next week, so come back for it soon!
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11/18/2016 2:11 am
Level 1 : New Miner
nkjellman
In the cities I have built in the past, I like to use top half slabs for the floors. It gives you a little bit of extra room and does not feel so cramped. I use any illuminated block for the lights in the ceiling, and cover the floor with carpet.

For elevators, I typically use ladders on opposite sides of a 2 block wide elevator shaft, but in one of my sky scrapers, I made a elevator out of command blocks. It looks like you are inside an elevator, and you get teleported to different floors, so it looks realistic. I would love to do this for the Sky Deck in the Sears Tower.

I have built a Water Tower that could be of use to you, since you haven't gotten that far up Michigan yet. However, the material will need to be switched as I built it on an older patch.



I do have a John Hancock Center which I shaped from Google Earth, but I don't think it would work here. Plus, it does not have the right amount of X's on the building as it was difficult to get those right.

Regarding the underground tunnels, how high up can the map be raised without cutting off any buildings? If it isn't enough, another option is to build the subway tunnels in a different dimension. At the entrances, you use command blocks to teleport your character. If it works when you walk down that first flight of stairs to the turn style area, you can make it look like the player never actually teleported. The duplicate turn style/staircase areas would make it look seamless, even though your in another map. I suppose it would kinda look like GTA III where it has to load a little bit when you enter the subway (except here, your being teleported as well).
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07/05/2016 5:47 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Architect
Bibliophile_
This is amazing!
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06/09/2016 4:32 am
Level 50 : Grandmaster Crafter
Mech265
Holy crap, even though this is only 1:2, you really deserve way more attention for this rendition of Chicago. This is fantastic.
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06/04/2016 12:59 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Programmer
NJDaeger
That looks sick man. Good job. :D
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04/14/2016 10:33 am
Level 35 : Artisan Architect
Vend
download link?
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12/20/2015 3:52 pm
Level 21 : Expert Engineer
Aa60660
damb noice
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08/04/2014 10:58 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Skinner
PortalLogic
I am making a server based off of Watch_Dogs and chicago is the home state
Could i use this map possible?
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07/04/2014 11:54 pm
Level 42 : Master Robot
robot_26
Hey great! My map overlaps with your map!
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