This post is part of the A to Z Challenge, in which each day of April a post is made inspired by a letter of the alphabet. Each post will be related to the research done on upcoming trends for the near-future techothriller series Shadow Decade.
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States, and is ranked seventh on the Global Cities Index. It’s a business and transportation hub, and a center for art, music, and film culture.
The Windy City of 2025 is the setting for the Shadow Decade books, and the core spirit of the city remains the same. It’s still served by a world-class transit system of buses and trains, though in the future the former are automated and the latter have expanded reach.
The city can still be roughly divided into a North, West,and South Side, with the downtown Loop in the center, though the metropolitan area’s sprawl has spread. The North side is the most populated residential section of the city, largely middle-and-upper-class. The South, the largest side, houses the city’s industry and many parks and beaches. The West is home to many poorer neighborhoods, though those closer to downtown have undergone significant gentrification.
Most striking, perhaps, is Chicago’s geography. The destruction of much of the city in the 19th century Great Fire allowed for a building boom at the own of the skyscraper era, leading to one of the tallest and most dense cityscapes in the world.