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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, January 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

CANDY CHANBy CANDY CHAN
First created
CANDY CHANBy CANDY CHAN
First created
$254
pledged of $1,000pledged of $1,000 goal
14
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, January 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The L and the Loop are fascinating!

Hi! I am an architect who spent the last few years making drawings of New York's subway stations (check them out here). This summer I ventured outside of NYC to study other transit systems, and I visited Chicago - and I got immediately intrigued by the L stations there!

In particular I found the Loop very interesting. There are so many stations, all close to each other, connected above and below ground, trains running in all directions.  In fact, it's the part of the official L map that has to be blown up into it's own little map, because it is just so complicated. 

Official Chicago L Downtown Inset Diagram
Official Chicago L Downtown Inset Diagram

So I went home and made my own version:

Chicago L - The Loop
Chicago L - The Loop

But that wasn't enough! I wanted to know what the individual stations look like. I only had time to sketch out one of them: here is the Clark/Lake station in 3D:

Clark/Lake Station in 3D
Clark/Lake Station in 3D

For zoomable drawings, click here.

Mission: Send me back to the Loop so I can draw them all!

I made it my mission to illustrate all stations in the Loop district in 3D, and that's why I started this Kickstarter campaign. If successfully funded, I will make a trip to Chicago to draw all 16 stations on this list:

1 down, 15 to go!
1 down, 15 to go!

Pledge and get Rewards

If you love transit, love Chicago, love architecture, or cities, or trains, or anything in between, please consider backing this project! I will be eternally grateful for any amount.

For pledges $10 or more, you get a set of 5 postcards of any 5 stations on the list.

Postcards - set of 5
Postcards - set of 5

For pledges $18 or more, you get a beautiful print which works great as a stand-alone piece on a clean wall as well as a part of your map collection.

3 poster sizes for 3 tiers of support
3 poster sizes for 3 tiers of support

Budget Breakdown

  • $300 for round-trip to Chicago
  • $300 for room and board
  • The rest for printing and shipping rewards

Timeline

  • Now til Dec 31 2018 : Kickstarter Campaign. If successfully funded:
  • Jan 1 to Jan 31 2019 : Survey and preparation
  • Feb 1 to Feb 28 2019 : Trip to Chicago! (approx 4 days in the middle of the month)
  • March 1 to April 30 2019 : Drawing and editing
  • May 1 to June 30 2019 : Shipping rewards

Behind the Scenes

Sketches of Clark/Lake Station - Above ground
Sketches of Clark/Lake Station - Above ground
3D sketch of Clark/Lake Station
3D sketch of Clark/Lake Station
Sketch of Clark/Lake Station - Below ground
Sketch of Clark/Lake Station - Below ground

About Me

A little bit about myself - Hi! I am Candy Chan, an architect based in NYC. I created Project Subway NYC in 2015, and what set out to be a straight forward exercise of surveying and drawing has developed into a thesis in wayfinding, infrastructure, urbanism, and visual communication.  

Always drawing!
Always drawing!

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Risks and challenges

I have been studying NYC's subway system for a while now, so I have a good methodology and work flow when it comes to making drawings. That said, I have never actually lived in Chicago, so there might be some surprises waiting for me! Luckily I have a good friend who is from there so she answers pretty much any questions I have. I am confident we can pull it off!

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