pretty cool little map

So my friend Kurt found a pretty interesting little flyer at a store in his neighboorhood. The flyer is called unscene. It’s a little map of independent businesses that has well done little pics and info (phone, address, url) about each business on the sorrounding edges and back of the map. The map is done really well.

-It folds up quite nicely (unlike most maps) but unfolds into a usefully big (but not too big) map.
-It is full color
-It has a handy map of el train stops in the area
-It done on some nice stiff paper so it can take some abuse
-The paper also isn’t glossy so it absorbs ink nicely when you jot notes on it.
-There is also a little selected calendar of events on it.

The Chicago version covers the West Lakeview, Roscoe Village, North Center (I didn’t know that was a neighboorhood), Lincoln Square, and Andersonville.

I checked out the unscene site and it looks like it is actually put out by some folks in Chicago. They have Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and St. Louis maps as well.

My friend Jon just did a simliar thing on his own for people coming from out of town to attend his weekend wedding. It got rave reviews.

All hail the useful map!

12 Comments so far

  1. claudia (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 4:21 pm

    I agree with you guys…UNSCENE map is the coolest thing to find funky and new places to try…not to mention the awesome design…: )

  2. Andres (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 5:09 pm

    I don’t know how people could find THE cool places before this map existed!! THANX UNSCENE

  3. rob (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 5:25 pm

    Yeah. It’s really a testament to a good idea well executed. It will interesting to see how unscene concept unfolds (hardy har har…)

    Sorry for all the typos in my original post. Too much Dayquil.

  4. Christian (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 5:51 pm

    GREAT piece… and did you check out all the new places that recently opened in da-hoods? Check out the newest mid-century modern gallery / store “Tragara”… you won’t leave disappointed – or without a treat for your home!

    CQ from Philly

  5. Veronica (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 6:06 pm

    Wow! i thought my friends and I were the only ones that knew about this awesome Chicago resource! I have found some great spots (shopping, drinks, eats)because of the map. Plus, it is all about locally-owned businesses—ie no Starbucks. ;-) great stuff, check it out

  6. Valeria (unregistered) on October 26th, 2004 @ 9:16 pm

    I got impressed with the first one that I found; now I collect them! We have friends visiting the city every once in a while and the maps are just a fantastic help: great selection, photos, descriptions…we keep using them all the time…and the design is soooo nice!!!!

  7. manola (unregistered) on October 27th, 2004 @ 12:08 pm

    Great you guys also enjoy THE bible for the cool Chicago places, and spot great restaurants, shops, spas, etc, and each map design is a masterpiece!

  8. rob (unregistered) on October 27th, 2004 @ 12:57 pm

    Okay… Call me paranoid I’m starting to smell a rat here… Some of these posts sound more like well intended but fabricated customer testimonials. If you use it, say so. If you are the person who actually makes these. Then say that too.

  9. Tom (unregistered) on October 27th, 2004 @ 2:09 pm

    did you know it even makes julienne fries? all for one low low price!

  10. victoria (unregistered) on October 27th, 2004 @ 4:39 pm

    i appreciate everybody’s possitive comments about the guides. rob, don’t be surprised. the link was forwarded to our whole list of clients, patrons and friends. again, thank you for all the attention.

  11. tankboy (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 11:26 am

    I can speak from experience, since the club I used to book was in the inaugural Unscene Guide based in Wicker park…these cats are as nice as pie and found a great idea early on.

    Unfortunately I’ve never used the damn thing, but I can see how it would help someone unfamiliar with a particular neighborhood.

  12. victoria (unregistered) on September 6th, 2005 @ 12:01 pm

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