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Chicago, Illinois - 1:2 Scale

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Koodoo25
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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.
Progress: 60% Complete
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Update #5 - One year since work resumed. : 04/26/2017 5:48:53 pm4/26/17

It's been a little over a year since I started this up again. In that time, the size of the map has increased by 7x, from covering ~0.2 sq miles of downtown Chicago to ~1.4 sq miles. The map has expanded to include landmarks like the Sears/Willis Tower, Millennium Park, and the Hancock Center, stretching from Congress to Delaware and from Lake Shore Drive to Clinton. To think it all started from one lonely city block...

Anyways, I won't be updating this very often for a while. I'm mostly going through the parts of the city I have completed and adding finishing touches and small details. Most of this work is made up of adding the details on the streets and sidewalks.

Plenty of work is still getting done; I'm just getting through all the tedious stuff before moving on to any new buildings.

Update #4 - Download Now Available : 11/25/2016 1:42:30 pm11/25/16

I have finally uploaded the world for everyone to download. The Resource Pack for this world is included in the zip folder with the save file. Don't forget to apply it first!

Night time renders added! : 11/16/2016 1:32:18 pm11/16/16

I am very excited to now be able to post chunky renders of the city at night! I spent the last week converting all the lighting in the city, so expect more nighttime renderings in the future!

Update #2 : 09/19/2016 9:20:49 pm9/19/16

Because I'll be away at school and have much less free time on my hands, I will very rarely if ever be able to post new pictures or updates. I have not given up the project completely! I'm still making progress, just much slower than my usual pace.

Update #1 : 04/10/2016 10:47:39 am4/10/16

I recently started working on this again after about a year long break. I uploaded some pictures to show the progress.

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  • nkjellman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • July 9, 2017, 11:27 am
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.
Hey you should make this on PE
  • aBitterMelon
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Architect
  • May 23, 2017, 12:34 am
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.
  • fov360
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • April 29, 2017, 9:12 am
Fantastic progress, the city looks amazing.
  • Sllew
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 5, 2017, 11:46 am
Ive lived in chicago for 16 years, very impressed
  • VotMaf
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • March 4, 2017, 3:53 am
AAAAAAAAAwesome!!!! love this map. Effects are very strong
  • TheBetDev
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • February 27, 2017, 3:24 am
Pretty nice made, I saw this on a website & loved it :)
  • idk lol
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • February 19, 2017, 7:51 pm
Saw this on a news article, amazing!
  • aa60665
  • Level 41
  • Master Engineer
  • February 17, 2017, 8:32 am
Nice update and beautiful renders man, quite simply amazing.
  • Muffin_Tek
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • February 15, 2017, 2:06 am
This is awesome, I live near the city so this is incredible
  • mg4015
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • February 14, 2017, 6:35 pm
The joy of living near Chicago xD
  • Agent_Slyme
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • February 14, 2017, 2:56 pm
THIS IS THE BEST SINCE I LIVE IN CHICAGO
  • BaccaPlaysMC
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • February 14, 2017, 12:28 pm
This absolutely amazing!!! It is even more awesome to me because I live in the suburbs of Chicago!!!
  • mg4015
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • February 14, 2017, 6:34 pm
ayyy samme
  • donqixot
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 14, 2017, 2:12 am
Best ever!
  • JHAWKS129
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 12, 2017, 8:21 am
This is absolutely amazing. Very well done, and simply amazing. You should add Wanda Vista as your next building. Cheers.
  • Meester Curly
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • February 12, 2017, 7:52 am
These renders are really very realistic! Did you make them?
  • BLARG85
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Electrician
  • February 11, 2017, 11:19 pm
Wow! This is wicked cool dude!
*orgasm*
  • nkjellman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 28, 2016, 9:19 am
@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.
  • aa60665
  • Level 41
  • Master Engineer
  • November 27, 2016, 8:06 am
Finally- a download link!
  • Mech265
  • Level 42
  • Master Architect
  • November 20, 2016, 6:07 pm
H-holy F*** those renders. Just came to stop by and I am once again awestruck by those renders. Seriously, holy shit.
  • fov360
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • November 17, 2016, 10:01 am
Got my diamond already, but the night renders would actually deserve another. ;-)
Giving a diamond for sure. Looks AWESOME. look forward to both this and future builds!
  • aa60665
  • Level 41
  • Master Engineer
  • November 10, 2016, 4:12 pm
When is this world going to be up for download?
  • Koodoo25
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • November 14, 2016, 1:22 pm
I'll try to upload it in the next week!
  • aa60665
  • Level 41
  • Master Engineer
  • November 14, 2016, 4:52 pm
Oh great! Will download for sure.
  • lbird2002
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • October 31, 2016, 9:25 am
when i get home, i'm defintly downloading this map, it looks so awesome!
  • nkjellman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 10, 2016, 10:14 pm
@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.
  • Koodoo25
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • November 14, 2016, 1:26 pm
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!
  • nkjellman
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 17, 2016, 9:11 pm
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).
  • Bibliophile_
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Architect
  • July 5, 2016, 1:47 pm
This is amazing!
  • Mech265
  • Level 42
  • Master Architect
  • June 9, 2016, 12:32 am
Holy crap, even though this is only 1:2, you really deserve way more attention for this rendition of Chicago. This is fantastic.
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 49
  • Master Engineer
  • June 3, 2016, 8:59 pm
That looks sick man. Good job. :D
  • Vend
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • April 14, 2016, 6:33 am
download link?
  • Aa60660
  • Level 20
  • Expert Engineer
  • December 20, 2015, 10:52 am
damb noice
  • PortalLogic
  • Level 23
  • Expert Pixel Painter
  • August 4, 2014, 6:58 pm
I am making a server based off of Watch_Dogs and chicago is the home state
Could i use this map possible?
  • robot_26
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Robot
  • July 4, 2014, 7:54 pm
Hey great! My map overlaps with your map!
  • BasVerhagen
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • June 5, 2014, 7:33 am
Good job!
  • Striiik8
  • Level 45
  • Master Nerd
  • May 31, 2014, 2:42 pm
Hello Koodoo25, I would like your permission to turn this into an adventure map, if you would allow me to please message me, you will get credit for the map
  • Ghastman14
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • May 30, 2014, 3:57 pm
fantastic
wow cool my brother is in chicago right now
  • Pufferiiv
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • May 30, 2014, 2:34 pm
This is looking great already!

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