Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Dauntless Chicago: The Landscape of the Divergent City

I began reading the Divergent series while I was in Chicago last week, which was a unique experience. Watching a book unfold in your imagination is one thing; watching it unfold in a new landscape that is also unfolding around you for the first time is quite another.

And so, I thought it would be fun to share, with the Divergent fans out there who have never been to the Windy City, some pictures I took of landmarks in the text (and a few I didn't, because I didn't realize what they were until I got back to Pittsburgh and finished the series). To that end, let's play book tourist together.

The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier that Tris climbs in Divergent.

Lake Shore Drive, and the Lake, which in the series has dried up and is a brown marsh-like area.
The Carousel at Navy Pier, where the Dauntless play Capture the Flag.
The river running through the city, which, like the lake, has become a marsh.
Another view of the river.

The El Platform, running through Downtown Chicago. The El already gives the city an oddly apocalyptic feel.
The steps to the El Platform.

More El.

The Hancock Building, from the top of which the Dauntless zipline.

Michigan Avenue/Magnificent Mile, up and down which a lot of the action in the books takes place.

The historic Merchandise Mart, known in the books as the Merciless Mart and home of the Candor headquarters.
The Bean in Millenium Park, a meeting place.
The large amphitheater where Tris and Four rendezvous.

O'Hare Airport, important in the third book, Allegiant.
Chicago: grey, industrial, artistic and pragmatic in one breath. The perfect place for a dystopic series. A/J

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