This past January we began scouting locations for On The Grid, a neighborhood guide curated by local creative agencies. On The Grid gives members of the creative community the opportunity to highlight some of their favorite spots, and gives visitors a platform to discover new businesses and neighborhoods.
Blogs like On The Grid are an important asset beyond just the creative community. It's easy to travel to a new city and quickly realize that you have no idea where to go beyond a general Google search. On The Grid provides a simple solution. Together with a series of photos, brief descriptions and an interactive keyword map - the blog gives viewers all the information they need to find new stores, restaurants, even entire neighborhoods.
Knowing this we chose to curate Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. As a community immediately bordering the downtown area, Old Town brings together the best parts of Chicago into one beautiful and bustling neighborhood. Looking at Old Town, you see both a modern community and a historic stomping ground. With it’s mixture of new restaurants and old haunts, Old Town has something for everyone, without the typical tourist feel.
On The Grid also highlights a community's cultural and historic appeal. The blog gives voice to local businesses that visitors may have never heard of before, or bothered to visit on name alone. Stores and restaurants in culturally rich neighborhoods are given access to professional photographers and copywriters, bringing new life to cherished old haunts often left unnoticed by larger travel sites.
So next time you're traveling do yourself a favor and check out On The Grid, you're bound to discover a hidden gem or two!