A to Z Challenge, Day 9: I Is For Island

Goose Island, Chicago, Illinois.  An actual island, it’s located in the middle of the city of Chicago and has several large bridges for access.  There’s no residential property on the island itself, just lots and lots of light industrial and warehousing.  It’s a shame, really, because it’s a neat location close to downtown and in the midst of an urban renaissance.

In researching a forthcoming book, Rachel and I went to Goose Island and wandered up and down the streets, peering at the map and stopping the car in the middle of deserted streets to stare up at deserted buildings.

It wasn’t completely deserted, though.  One car, with livery plates (meaning he was driving a limo for hire) waited by a sidewalk next to an empty warehouse.  The driver got out, went around to his trunk, got something out or put something in – we’re not sure which – and then watched us with no expression on his face at all.  He looked like James Gandolfini in the Sopranos.  Rachel wanted to take his picture but, come on, he might BE James Gandolfini in the Sopranos!

What geographic locations have caught your fancy, either as an armchair traveler or in person?

6 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge, Day 9: I Is For Island

  1. Visiting from the <100 section of the a-z challenge. Love this post. I’m working on the sequel to my first novel right now. The first one was set in Maine, and the sequel is set in Carlsbad, CA. I live in Maine, so I’ve had a ball doing research about California.

    1. Hi, Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! Maine, huh? That’s very exotic to me; I’m the other way around – I’m from California. I’d have to do research to set something in Maine; I’ve only been there a couple times. Lovely place.

      Enjoy doing research! Carlsbad’s a fun place; I hope you get to visit one day!

  2. Sarah Allen says:

    This is cool ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent a semester of college going to BYU-Hawaii and it was quite a fun island experience ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

    1. Hi, Sarah! Wow, Hawaii. That sounds so exotic to me. I feel like I know the place, since I watch Hawaii Five-O, but I would love to visit one day.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by! Happy Blogging!

  3. We had just been talking that it would be a great place to dump a body- and he’s standing there in a long black overcoat, nice black scarf and fiddling with his gloves- standing next to his popped trunk. He looked more out of place then we did!

    1. I know, right? Mr Mobster on Goose Island. Next to that creepy, unmarked brick industrial building. ~shiver~

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