Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Tip: Use Google Maps to see how far your destination is from a Chicago transit stop

LJ'er unhappymeal has tip on how to use Google Maps to see how far your destination is from a Chicago transit "L Stop"

Step 1. Go to maps.google.com.

Step 2. In the search field, I type 2464 N Lincoln Ave Chicago. I get the standard illustrative rendering that google maps provides.

Step 3. Zoom in all the way, so you can see street-level.

Step 4. Click satellite in the upper right corner. I am now looking at this satellite image of the location of BW3's.

Step 5. This next step is optional, as many of us already know the cross streets of many of the L stops. Open up the CTA system maps in a new tab or window to get a rough estimation of where the closest L stop will be (Fullerton).

Step 6. Grab the screen in the google maps window and drag until you see the L tracks. In the case of the BW3's, the tracks are immediately west of the location pointer.

From these steps, I can see that BW3's is only a few blocks away from the Fullerton L stop, and that I could easily walk there.


This is a great way to make better use of Google Maps for those of you in Chicago! Do you have any nifty Google Maps tricks or hints? Post them in the comments section!
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