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The Loop - Chicago Project




Hey guys! After a super lengthy process and just sequence of events, the most recent release of the project is out! This is version 4 of the map, and it's about 8 city blocks in size. That's more than the first release as a whole! Many landmarks are included, such as the Board of Trade building, the Rookery, and the Chicago Federal Plaza, just to name a few. This is a big release, and is the last one until the entire loop is completed. After I finish the Loop itself, I plan on extending the western and northern edges 1-2 blocks outside to get the river front, and eventually get to the other bank. On the eastern edge, I will also be extending 1 block east to get the main skyline, and also to get Millennium and Grant Park. Although this will take lots of time and effort, I plan on doing that in a timely manner. Even though this project was always something I have dreamed of doing myself, I could not have been able to without help from these 3 people:

NJDaeger
: The server host, render-maker, the person who helps me with roads, and is very skillful with curves. An essential person to this project.

56515
: A guy that helps with many buildings and helps with other minimal things, along with always reminding me that we're on a schedule and to focus on builds.

Mech265: The guy that helped with the trains themselves, and also some minor detailing in the city. Also taught me the general 20th Century style that is one of the staples of Chicago itself.

- Check out these peoples' profiles, you will not regret it! -




What is the Loop?
The Loop has two different meanings in Chicago; city transit and the neighborhood itself.

In Neighborhood Terms..

The Loop is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois. It is also the main business district and commercial core of the city. Its borders are Roosevelt Road on the south, the Chicago River on the west and north, and Lake Michigan on the east.

In City Transit Terms...

The Loop (historically Union Loop) is the 1.79-mile (2.88 km) long circuit of elevated railroad that forms the hub of the Chicago "L" system in Chicago, Illinois. As of 2012, the branch has served 74,651 passengers every weekday. The Loop is so named because the railroad loops around a rectangle formed by Lake Street on the north side, Wabash Avenue on the east side, Van Buren Street on the south side, and Wells Street on the west side.

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Notice how each definition has a different explanation on what the borders of the "Loop" are.

How did the Loop get its name?
Numerous accounts assert that the use of this term predates the elevated railroad, deriving from the multiple cable car turntables, or loops, that terminated in the district, and especially those of two lines that shared a loop, constructed in 1882, bounded by Madison, Wabash, State, and Lake. However, transportation historian Bruce Moffat has concluded that "The Loop" was not used as a proper noun until after Charles Yerkes' (considered one of the main creators of what is now Chicago's mass-transit system) construction of the elevated train line.





Side-by-Side Comparisons


Daley Plaza Side-by-Side comparison.
Daley Plaza Side-by-Side



160 North LaSalle Side-by-Side




First United Methodist Church Side-by-Side




City Hall from 40 North Dearborn Avenue




Southwest corner of Chicago's City Hall.




A view of an array of buildings from the platform of Washington/Wells on the CTA.




The Oriental Theater from the corner of State and Randolph.



Block 37 from the Northeastern corner of the Daley Center.



A look at the Delaware building from the Northwestern corner of the Daley Center.



The Chicago Theater from the Corner of State and Lake.





Why did I start this project?

This project has been something I wanted to do since the day I started building in Minecraft. First, let me tell you a story. When I was about 7 years old, my dad asked me if I would like to accompany him to downtown to visit his old colleagues at the Board of Trade, which is at the end of LaSalle street. We got on the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), and when we crossed the Chicago River over the Wells Street Bridge, I was awestruck. The utter size of the buildings was mesmerizing, and the fact that every street looked like a canyon amazed me. Everywhere I looked, I saw building after building. We hopped off the train, and headed down the street, eventually hitting LaSalle Street. Looking west, I saw the towering Chicago Board of Trade building. The art-deco superstructure was once the tallest in Chicago. We went in, enjoyed the company Even then, after the day that my father first took me into downtown Chicago, I always admire the unique styles and variety of buildings.




Map Versions

Update 1, with 9 City Blocks
[url=www.mediafire.com/file/y3czd8omex2b2q8/The+Loop+-+Chicago+Project+v1.zip

]www.mediafire.com/file/y3czd8omex2b2q8/The+Loop+-+Chicago+Project+v1.zip

[/url]
Update 2, with 15 City Blocks
[url=www.mediafire.com/file/0opxboej0db8mtj/The_Loop_-_Chicago_Project_v2.zip

]www.mediafire.com/file/0opxboej0db8mtj/The_Loop_-_Chicago_Project_v2.zip

[/url]Update 3
, with 20 City Blocks
http://www.mediafire.com/file/95iagt3pejmn9hv/The+Loop+-+Chicago+Project+v3.zip

Update 4, with 28 City Blocks
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8ip90lblqma1nf8/Chicago%20Update%203%202018-12-02.rar?dl=0

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Texturepack

The download link for the most current edition of the pack is down below. There will also be a Planet Minecraft post of the texture pack within the next few weeks.

1.11
http://www.mediafire.com/file/lujk1884yz7mf84/Chicago+Texture+Pack+v1.11.zip


1.13+
[size=12px]https://www.dropbox.com/s/4fyqtud0hxs9c4z/Chicago%20Texture%20Pack%20v1.13.zip?dl=0[/size]

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Dynmap

Yes, Chicago will be getting a dynamic map! It might be a bit slow, but it will be better than nothing! You will be able find the link down below, which will now show you all of the current progress we have right now.

Dynamic Map Coming Soon!




Creative Commons License
The Loop - Chicago Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
CreditNJDaeger, 56515, Mech265, Aa60660, Bluecolty, and all of the original architects who built the City of Chicago itself.
Progress60% complete
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4 Update Logs

Update 4 : 03/24/2019 8:49:42 pmMar 24th

Update four has been long overdue. After being sat on for about 9 months, the team and I sat down and got to work building. The actual update has been ready to release for a solid 4 months since that time (was ready in early December!). Regardless of that- it's here now and ready to be played. This update includes many Chicago landmarks such as the Board of Trade, the Rookery, the Chicago Federal Plaza, and many more. Streets across the map have been detailed more, and in general the map just appears better than before. The map is about 80% complete with the current goal- expect the full map in it's entirety sooner or later. Thanks for playing!

-The Chicago Loop Building Team
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  • Mech265
  • Level 47
  • Master Architect
  • March 28, 2019, 9:23 am
Great update!
Yoooo this update sounds amazing, I’ll download as soon as possible! The detail in everything is mesmerizing, i didn’t think it was possible in minecraft. Keep it up guys! Can’t wait for the waterfront reee

btw what do you plan on doing with buildings taller than minecraft’s build height?
  • justwar12
  • Level 25
  • Expert Miner
  • March 24, 2019, 5:33 pm
looks really accurate accept for 1 thing, The daley plaza the umbrellas that has the seats are to the left not right but still looks great.
  • justwar12
  • Level 25
  • Expert Miner
  • March 30, 2019, 2:02 pm
No problem, Again still looks great!
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • March 26, 2019, 8:26 pm
About two years ago when it was originally built in game, the umbrellas were on the right, however I guess they changed since then- I'll be sure to change that in the coming update. Thank you for letting me know!
Just visited chi town yesterday. Striking resemblance. Very well done! Cool that nj and Marty and mech helped. Are you on the greenfield build team? Everyone I memtioned and blue are.
  • Caleb Hayes
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Miner
  • March 21, 2018, 5:20 pm
Wow! This is beautiful. I love how you did side by side comparisons. Keep up the good work!
  • magichris
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 10, 2018, 6:11 am
I know its going to take a while but i can't wait see millennium park. i also hope one day maybe you'll add llincoln park and the zoo, The Field Museum, The Shed Aquarium, and The planetarium. But non the less this is a very awesome build.
  • Blax02
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • January 6, 2018, 11:50 pm
Fantastic work Alex (and the rest of the build team) as always. can't wait to explore more of the fantastic city of chicago. :D
  • Blax02
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 12, 2017, 9:38 pm
So Alex, when will my application be read?
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • September 14, 2017, 6:08 am
If it's not in my email that is on the server page, it won't be read/accepted. The email is [email protected]
  • Blax02
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 14, 2017, 4:17 pm
ok, i sent it to the right email :)
  • Riptide10
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • September 6, 2017, 9:19 am
How do I become part of the build team for the next project?
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • September 7, 2017, 4:34 am
Very nice. Part of our project involves building Chicago. I'm not sure we would even try to get it to this level of accuracy. Have a diamond!
  • Desee
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 8, 2017, 8:08 pm
I love this so much,

But I must say sir. No offense.

When was the last time you went outside?
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • August 8, 2017, 8:51 pm
I'm also a lifeguard, so every day excluding weekends for at least 5-7 hrs. Weekends I go outside too, just not as long !
  • Desee
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 8, 2017, 11:06 pm
That's good, Sun is good.

:>
  • Royal Red
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Architect
  • August 6, 2017, 9:23 pm
I really do love your work. You really are a good builder and I hope this project becomes more popular. Like Mattupolis and Greenfield popular.
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • August 7, 2017, 7:16 am
Thanks man, really appreciate it. Hope Bakerstown does just as well!
  • Aa60660
  • Level 20
  • Expert Engineer
  • June 29, 2017, 10:50 pm
9/10 needs more trains m8
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • July 10, 2017, 6:14 pm
ok
  • Sebine
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 21, 2017, 7:31 am
I feel, rightfully, that you've forgotten an integral part of Chicago . . .
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • February 21, 2017, 8:40 am
Which part? I'm still adding a ton of stuff, this project is no where near done.
  • Mech265
  • Level 47
  • Master Architect
  • February 22, 2017, 2:35 pm
They still haven't built outside of The Loop yet, which is what the project is named after. But that doesn't mean they won't get there eventually.
Amazing, this has always been on my bucket list. I'm a Chicago native and DePaul Alum! I'm super excited to visit the DePaul CDM building at Jackson/Wells. You should throw a huge party when you finish and host the map on a public server for a week. Minecraftpalooza at grant park? Oh the ideas
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • February 21, 2017, 3:13 am
Oh that'd be great, I'd love that. Also a Chicago native and commute in and out of the loop every day for school. Every day it changes, so I might even need to update it soon! An example of this is when the Marquee at Block 37 was built. We didn't have google street view for it, so it got much harder, had to take pictures irl to send to the builder haha. NJDaeger runs the server for us, so maybe an open server when we're done building! Thank you for the feedback btw, we really appreciate it.
  • black_hat
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Answer
  • February 20, 2017, 2:32 pm
Came from reddit. Fantastic work guys.
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • February 21, 2017, 3:14 am
Thank you!
  • edenpro2
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • February 12, 2017, 7:40 am
i have a few buildings of chicago in my map if you would like?
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • February 14, 2017, 9:42 pm
I'd love to see some photos! PM me
  • Batlestar98
  • Level 26
  • Expert Artist
  • December 11, 2016, 10:59 am
Wow, one of the few architects who are capable of reacreating really big structures and citys in realistic style!
Great work mate im proud of guys like you ! :)
  • HWR04
  • Level 23
  • Expert Architect
  • December 26, 2016, 5:19 pm
Yeah, it's pretty awesome.
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • December 11, 2016, 11:02 am
Thanks, the team really works hard, it's very tedious work- but the outcome is very good if I do say so myself haha!
  • Mech265
  • Level 47
  • Master Architect
  • December 11, 2016, 10:57 am
I'm loving those new renders! Good job you guys!
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • December 11, 2016, 11:01 am
Thanks man!
  • WiseGuy17
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • December 11, 2016, 9:14 am
Yay new update!
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • December 11, 2016, 11:01 am
Yepp, great work haha, couldn't have posted it today w/o you.
  • LaughingUrchin
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • November 28, 2016, 12:07 pm
The side-by-side comparisons really show your attention to detail well. This project does well by the city of Chicago--nice work.
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • November 28, 2016, 12:49 pm
Thanks for the kind words man, I really appreciate it.
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • October 31, 2016, 9:27 am
installing this the second i get home, i love chicago, and i went there when i was 6, love the hotdogs :P
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • October 31, 2016, 6:24 pm
Ah thanks man! Really appreciate the kind words
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • November 4, 2016, 5:22 am
ive got a problem, the entire bottom of the buildings were chopped off
can you tell me why, im playing in 1.7.10, and with mods so could that be why?
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • November 4, 2016, 4:43 pm
It may have been a corrupted file issue. I suggest re-downloading it, and if the problem persists we will reupload a new version of it that works!
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • November 5, 2016, 8:07 am
thanks this will help alot, ill try it tell you if it worked, thanks NJ, same with greenfield
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • November 5, 2016, 8:10 am
Yup np :)
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • December 28, 2016, 10:27 am
Forgot to reply, like a month ago, but it didn't work, still, and i don't know why maybe its the modpack itself corrupting it but i don't know
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • December 28, 2016, 12:28 pm
Wait, I think I might've just found the problem... You're playing in 1.7.10... This is a 1.11 map :P something probably changed with the world format, so if you want to play on this map, I recommend trying 1.11 and seeing if it works then! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! :)
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • January 5, 2017, 9:36 pm
I really should add that in the description, oops lol
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • March 3, 2017, 6:47 am
Thx XD Thats gonna help alot, and its good to be back
:)
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • March 3, 2017, 6:48 am
Also whats the server ip?
  • aa60665
  • Level 48
  • Master Engineer
  • March 3, 2017, 3:38 pm
You'd have to apply for the server to become apart of it.
  • lbird2002
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Warrior
  • March 13, 2017, 11:40 am
whats the website then???

XD

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